Kitakyushu Bamboo Light Festival 2021

In the early 1990s, we spent three years teaching in Kitakyushu, which is on the island of Kyushu, the southernmost and third largest of the four main islands of Japan.

We made many friends during our time there, we enjoyed the rural life in Wakamatsu-ku, and our firstborn was born in Yahatahigashi-ku.

One of my friends, Kazumi Kawano, whom I met in Kitakyushu all these years ago, took these magnificent photos during the Kitakyushu Bamboo Light Festival.

The festival took place from 23 – 31 October.

The 30.000 bamboo lanterns on display were made by volunteers.

Kokura Castle 小倉城 竹あかり
Kitakyushu, Japan

Kazumi, thanks again for sharing your photos here with us. It is truly appreciated.

Autumn in Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace, France

We spent three days in Dambach-la-Ville, and it made for a wonderful change of scenery.

There are some small villages with really impressive buildings. This one is asking people to donate blood (Offrez votre sang).

In that same village, an otherwise ordinary village well has a carved top.

Between villages, all you see is vineyards along the road.

Our courtyard patio with some essentials: a candle and a corkscrew

The walnuts we gathered on one of our walks.

Our last evening stroll through the village.

Our bags are packed and ready to go. Bye, bye Dambach-la-Ville.

On our next visit to Alsace, we hope to stay in the village of Barr. We came through Barr on one of our drives, and it looked just as inviting as this one.

October in Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace, France

Here are some more impressions of our third visit to the village Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace.

This group of kindergartners had just passed us, and it was really sweet to hear children’s voices say Bonjour.

We also explored the neighboring villages. Here we were not sure if we could continue driving. The sign ‘Nothalten’ was a bit confusing to me as a German. Nothalten could mean only stop in case of a Not (emergency), so we decided to turn around.

Later, we found out it was just the name of another village. 🙂

Heading to Nothalten, France

We are in vineyard heaven, and any remaining grapes are a beautiful sight to see in the October sunlight.

More color coming your way!

Autumn in Alsace

This is just the main road of a typical Alsatian village. This is Rosheim.

Rosheim in Alsace, France

Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace, France

We have just returned from our third visit to the village of Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace. Again, we rented an apartment, which is part of a farm. We had already stayed once before in this family’s farm house apartment on our first time.

After a three-hour drive from the Frankfurt area, we approach the Vosges Mountains in Alsace.

Vosges Mountain Range in France

We have the upstairs apartment in the renovated barn.

The is the view from the windows down into the courtyard. Oops, we left the gate open.

My dinner was Quiche Lorraine with red cabbage salad, a mixed salad, and radish salad.

This village takes a lot of pride in its floral decorations. Everywhere you look, there are wells filled with herbs and flowers, recycled wine kegs turned into flower pot stands, and much more.

Dambach-la-Ville, France

The most favorite ‘room’ of our stay is this stonewalled courtyard for our private use. We Germans like to call this outdoor sitting arrangement (be it a terrace, balcony, or whatever) our ‘second living room’.

The early morning sun found its way through a gap.

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).

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