Eguisheim feels like home

The best part about travelling to see your friends is that you’re also travelling with locals. Getting to see the real face of any country instead of the version that has been accentuated with make-up is what any wanderer enjoys the most.

So when my friends mum suggested that we visit a typical village in Alsace I couldn’t say no! Cutesy villages surrounded by vineyards and rolling fields? I’m there!

On our way to Eguisheim we were all hoping to see those vineyards in their full glory (Eguisheim is part of the wine route) but the weather was being a little stubborn and we could barely even tell that their were villages on route due to the mist. Thankfully the clouds had lifted by the time we arrived so I did get a little taster of the scenery but I can only imagine what it must be like travelling through on a clear summer day.

Just like Strasbourg, Eguisheim had my heart from the moment I stood in front of the village map. This town has been so carefully protected which is something I admire so much – I’m all for progress but architecture will never be as charming as it once was and it’s only when I reached my twenties that I started to truly appreciate how important it is to protect our heritage and quite simply the character of a country.

We wandered the quiet paths, we took photos and we did of course taste some wine. Let me tell you; I’m no connoisseur but that wine was some of the best I have tasted and of course I had to buy a few bottles to take home!

I think I’ve also added another item to my bucket list: Follow the wine route in Alsace!

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Nature in Alsace

Do you prefer the sounds and scenes of nature or the bright lights of a big hustling city?

I think I’m somewhere in the middle.

I love to wander the countryside with nothing but the sounds of leaves rustling and the occasional bleating of a goat; or to get lost in a forest where you see no one except for maybe your own reflection in a puddle.

Although I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in France (a week is definitely not enough), I did get a little taster for that beautiful countryside that I had only heard of before this trip.

The saying that nature is the best antidepressent is pretty accurate, don’t you agree?

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This is affectionately known as Devils Fingers or Octopus Stinkhorn!

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So many new discoveries and memories were made on this short trip.

A whirlwind visit to Strasbourg

In November 2017 I had the amazing opportunity to visit Strasbourg while on a week long trip to see one of my best friends in France.

It was quite a spontaneous visit so we didn’t really do much research into where to go/what to see and in a lot of ways I really enjoyed travelling with no plans except to wander the beautiful cobbled streets in the cold.

The gothic Cathedral towers above the city almost cradling the small shops and restaurants sitting around it.

Strasbourg is so much more than I had expected. The medieval architecture of days gone by still remains in almost pristine condition despite a rich and turbulent history.

We discovered quiet paths, ambled along by the river Ill, explored the Cathedral both outside and inside (you must go inside if you visit), we ate amazing food and felt humbled by friendly people everywhere. We even squeezed in the Musée alsacien which I recommend if you want to dive into the history of the Alsace region.

Strasbourg, I’ll be back.

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