Thursday, September 7, 2017

Colmar - Signs and Treats

One of the highlights of our time in Alsace was the Medieval village of Colmar. The whimsical signs were helpful in times when a majority of the population was illiterate.

Most of the photos were taken while following a guide on a walking tour of Colmar.
I didn't have much time for planning or focus so I snapped them quickly so that I could keep up with the group.

It is wonderful that the locals appreciate the value of these pretty little pieces of yesterday. 

Swan soup?

From the back - pork sausage?

Wonderful old building in the background.
Love the shutters on the windows.

I have no idea what this sign is telling me but it really is cute!

Saint Martin is very important in the history of the region.

Me too!

We visited the Farmer's Market.

Shop windows along the streets.

The celebrated storks are featured in this sweet little mural.

Next post - more of Colmar.

💜and peace,Myra

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Alsatian Wine Tour

June 26, 2017
Following a morning in Strasbourg we spent the afternoon touring the Alsace wine country and sampling the wine.

Approaching Domaine Hering Winery in Barr, France

The Hering family has been in business since 1858.

Pretty little courtyard at the winery

Vineyards behind the home, cellar and winery

VERY old barrels

Detail on one of the old barrels

Our guide during tour of the cellar

Time to sample the product!

My favorite, a refreshing crisp Riesling.

The selections we tasted.
The Riesling KRUG was definitely my favorite.

The group photo!

Lovely view no matter where the eye landed.

Fun times experiencing the Alsatian wine country.

More of the Alsace area to come.

💜and peace,Myra

Monday, August 21, 2017

Strasbourg, France

June 26, 2017
Our morning began with a motor coach tour of Strasbourg with local guide, followed by a walking tour of this magnificent city.

The three covered bridges with their four towers were once part of 14th century ramparts of Old Strasbourg.

The Ill River branches into canals in Strasbourg.

The Gutenberg Statue
The square is near the cathedral, shopping and restaurants.

Our tour guide took us through the Tanner's district.

The old town was amazing with Renaissance architecture, cobblestone streets and pretty flowers.

Our first glimpse of the cathedral.

Cathedral Notre-Dame
This gothic cathedral was begun in 1176.

16th century astronomical clock

The Angels' Pillar

Rose Window 

Restaurants, bakeries and shops 

In the afternoon we explored the Alsace region, toured a winery and attended a wine tasting.

I hope you will join me!

💜and peace,Myra

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Heidelberg on a Peaceful Sunday

DAY FIVE, June 25, 2017

Sunday morning was a great day for visiting Heidelberg.

We headed for the castle with our guide.

Heidelberg Castle keeps watch over the city.

The Heidelberg Castle was mentioned in Mark Twains travel book A Tramp Abroad.

The earliest structure was built before 1214.
The castle has been added on and destroyed numerous times since its beginning.
Fire and war have taken a toll over the centuries.

Castle clock tower

We continued on to Altstadt or Old Town with our guide.
Here you can see the castle in the background.

Statue of St. Mary

After the tour we were on our own to walk about the quiet city streets.

Each home displayed a bit of whimsy.

Sweet little cupid announcing the street number.

                                                           Church of the Holy Spirit

View of Heidelberg with castle in the background taken from the Old Bridge

With my travel companions on the Old Bridge.

I hope the couples are as happy today as they were on the day they placed their locks on the old bridge and tossed the key into the Neckar River.

Strasbourg, France next!