The One with Eguisheim, France

Thursday, May 14, 2015

After our wonderful (and blessedly dry) morning in Colmar and lunch at the apartment, we drove south to our next stop: Eguisheim, France.
This circular, flower festooned little wine town with a population of 1,600 is often overlooked by tourists. Although the town's defensive wall is gone, the Rue Des Remparts survives scenically circling the village. The main drag, the Grand Rue, bisects the circle leading to a town square that as darling as a fairy tale.
It seemed like every stop on our trip one-upped the previous stop in cuteness.
Such beautiful colors.
So I like doors. Sue me! Or don't. 'Preciate it.
I told you I like doors.

Hobbit-size doors! For reals!
What was once a moat is is now lined with 13th to 17th century houses - a cancan of half-timbered charm. My favorite photo of the day:
We slowly ambled the ovoid road all the way around the town feeling like an extra in Beauty and the Beast.
 One of the symbols of the Alsace region is the stork. We saw them on magnets and postcoards galore, but we didn't actually see any until Eguisheim. They have HUGE nests perched precariously on peaked roofs, like the town church. The birds are the subject of numerous local legends and children's tales. The birds practically disappeared around 1970, but re-population efforts are continuing.

Another fun fact about Alsace is that the whole concept of an Easter Bunny originated here. The Easter Bunny was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus in 1682 referring to an Alsace tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs.
So. Flippin'. Cute.
Bright purple flowers against a mint green building.
Fox horsin' around.
The town square. The mini-castle is privately owned and closed to the public. Surviving bits of its 13th century, eight-sided wall circle the chapel which is built in a Neo-Romanesque style. The 19th century fountain sports a statue of St. Leo IX, the only Alsatian pope and a native of Eguisheim.
Just some more loveliness.
I have a thing for cute buildings. And color. And and and...
Inside a little church.
This about sums up Jane as of late...
The Evans Family in Eguisheim, France on Saturday May 2, 2015.
And that was the end of our Alsace, France trip! This'll be hard to beat in cuteness, that's for sure!


  1. This reminds me of Germany with the half-timbered houses. thank you for the lovely tour!

  2. "There goes the baker with his bread like always!


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