Virginia, your wish is my command! Here’s a mosaic of ‘mouthfuls’ we enjoyed during our break in eastern France.
Top left features daughter wandering pensively round the Ecomusee, a museum village featuring rural life during the early 20th Century (and earlier) in Alsace, a region rich in history and folklore. You’ll find something for all the family there, from baby to Grandma: houses built in traditional Alsatian style, many moved from their original locations and reconstructed; interiors reproduced in loving detail, with original furnishings, ornaments and accessories. Even down to a row of voluminous bloomers drying on the washing line! Best of all- storks to die for, real storks, nesting on the roofs! Have a peek for yourself; you’ll love it.
Middle top, we’re looking down at the little village of Buhl, close to where we were staying on the edge of the forest. A shortish climb gets you to a beautiful Loretto Chapel and to the Romanesque Abbey Church of Murbach, where we found it was once more one of the hosts for the regions annual sacred art trail. I love the openess and unpretentiousness of so many French churches- no bells or whistles, turnstiles or glaring mission statements: just a quiet reminder that you’re in sacred space and that everyone is welcome to come in and find peace.
Lastly, on to Eguisheim, one of the many little villages on the Alsace wine trail. As I was searching for a link just now I saw it described as a fairytale village and that’s so true! We didn’t drink any wine that day; far too hot in the midst of the (38C+) canicule, though DH does buy supplies from a vineyard in the area each year. But fairytale villages have all kinds of quirky creatures hidden away, like these happy piggies made from repurposed gas cylinders. That’s my kind of treasure!