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I've marked a few of our favorite villages on this map, with Riquewihr and Kaysersberg ranking tops on our list.Route des Vins - the wine road, with its crucifix shrines and barrel-marked vineyards - weaving through the Vosges hillsides. It is the quintessence of quaint!
On my last visit I stayed about a mile outside of Riquewihr in Mittelwihr - this was the lovely Hotel Mandelberg, backing up to the vineyard with little roads and walking paths leading to the nearby villages:
Mittelwihr.Riquewihr proper, just down this short alley off the main road on the second floor above that rounded, double aubergine door: La Maison du Vigneron. Our host Isabelle took great care in getting us settled in, showing us how to jangle all the charming old door handles and keys just so.
Our alley: Rue des Cordiers.
The view from our front window:
We spent the first day settling in and exploring Riquewihr - sampling eclairs, eating crepes, shopping for souvenir magnets and taking pictures galore!
Then it was off to bustling Colmar for an Alsatian Folk Evening of music and dance!
Turckheim to see the night watchman, but it was all in French, and the kids were jet-lagged and exhausted.
So we snuck out early, and took a mysterious and winding drive in the dark on gravel, vineyard roads back to Riquewihr. It felt like Frog and Toad's driving adventures! And of course, we embellished the experience with tales of ghosts and zombies in the car.
The kids and Mark slept snugly that night, but my insomnia mixed with jet lag kicked in, and the bells of the village clock taunted me all night... one o'clock, two o'clock, three...
Another form of this region's infamous medieval torture.
On our second day, we simply enjoyed more of Riquewihr and took in a couple more villages, including Eguisheim...
... Beblenheim (a short stroll just beyond Riquewihr)...
... and my favorite, Kaysersberg. It's just dripping with cuteness at every bend!
After two nights, it was time to depart for the Alps. But not without leaving our hearts behind. Au revoir, Alsace!