Virtual Tour of Mainberg Castle, Germany, on 12 September 2021

Every year on the second Sunday in September, the Open Monument Day is being held nationwide.

This year, Mainberg Castle will also participate, but only virtually.

To visit, you need to go on their website: https://www.fv-schloss-mainberg.de/

The website provides ZOOM Client, which lets you partake in 30-minute visual tours which run from 13:00 – 17:00 on 12 Sep 2021 (Central European Time).

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My travel companion, Rhiannon, now from Malmö, Sweden, stopped by in Oberursel on her way to Italy. We enjoyed our little reunion on the Beer Balcony.

Our next trip will take us to Cyprus in November this year. That is, if the world is okay with that. We shall see.

Rhiannon, originally from Wales, now living in Malmö, Sweden

Food and Flora in Dambach-la-Ville

This type of glover, Oxalis triangularis (false shamrock), was in our courtyard sitting area at our vacation rental Le Cocon du Potier in Dambach-la-Ville.

False shamrock

Dambach-la-Ville and its town center is in good hands. Its residents are definitely blessed with green fingers.

In Sélestat (German: Schlettstadt), we had lunch, and I opted for the traditional Flammkuchen. What a light fare to eat.

Flammkuchen

Our hostess at Le Cocon du Potier gave us a taste of this traditional Gugelhupf (yeast based cake) one morning.

Gugelhupf

We are heading back to Dambach-la-Ville this fall for a few days – if COVID-19 lets us travel.

Vacation Rental in Dambach-la-Ville, Alsace

This summer, we spent our holiday in Dambach-la-Ville. We had been to this village once before on a three-day stay in the fall of 2019. We fell in love with it then, and decided to come back for a week this time.

Our accommodation was a renovated farmhouse on the main road in the center of the village. Our proprietors are such kind hosts, we had all the amenities one needed, and we truly enjoyed every minute there.

Here are a few pictures of the farmhouse interior.

We had the courtyard to ourselves during that time as well. I made the most of it by sitting out there in the early mornings with my coffee.

The morning light comes streaming in, and I happened to catch a local passing by.

The early mornings were also cool enough to do some quilting.

If you are interested in this place, then look for Le Cocon du Potier, 13 Rue du Maréchal Foch in Dambach-la-Ville. I can highly recommend it.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

I have started to decorate the beer balcony with more wine-related decorative items. One of them is an actual vine which I have growing behind the bench.

The change has happened gradually, and there are several reasons for this. Sunny and warm evenings, when you long for a cold beer, are becoming rarer. We have had a miserable summer so far (on the most part).

Our visiting friends are getting older as well, and we tend to drink wine instead of beer, which is less in volume. This is especially helpful, when you have to drag your drinkables 56 steps up the stairs.

Beer Balcony in Germany

Brother-in-law Rich on a visit here from Paris for a few days.

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