An October Afternoon in Eguisheim, Alsace

The market square is the town’s jewel. Everyone nearing the square either stops in his tracks or gets out his smart phone.

In the photo (right side) you see a pizzeria. Next to it is a meat shop and I had the most wonderful lunch from there: turkey with mushrooms and noodles in a delicious gravy. They packed it to go, and I had it right outside the shop, where they have tables to stand and eat. Tip: Try the meat shop for their lunch special!

Eguisheim market square

Eguisheim market square

Bus loads of tourists usually walk this way around the periphery of Eguisheim. In early October, they still had a few outdoor vendors along that walk for this kind of tourism.

Eguisheim

No. 77 got a complete makeover and No. 79 is still waiting.

Eguisheim old and new

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Review on Les Remparts de Riquewihr Apartment, France

We had booked this self-catering studio apartment for three days in Riquewihr. With 35 qm and two adults, this was a perfect choice. Although it is located in the middle of the town, on main street, Rue du Général de Gaulle, the apartment is beautifully insulated against any noise from the street.

I’m a kitchen person, so this is usually the first place of interest to me. It had all the amenities we needed – toaster, coffeemaker, and more.

We actually had brought some wine from Germany, because we arrived on late Sunday afternoon and we were not sure about any shops being opened nearby. We learned most shops are open seven days a week and we had our grocer right across the street. This apartment is in a very convenient location.

kitchen

The sleeping area is very comfortable and leaves enough room on either side. The window also offers an interesting view onto a backyard (see below).

bed corner

sitting corner

The bathroom had one feature I disliked. More than half of the tub’s length is lined with a shower-glass protection (see the end where the towel is placed). Unfortunately, the room to climb in is quite narrow and could make for easy slips. I had to be extra careful when stepping in (I’m in my mid-fifties), but I would not advise this for much older folks, with unsteady feet.

bathroom

This apartment is on the second floor and if you don’t mind climbing two flights of creaking stairs, then this is good. Most times I tried to tiptoe up and down the stairs, to no avail. We hardly heard anyone going up and down from within the apartment, so again, it is adequately equipped even against noisy old stairs.

Room with a backyard view

Hinterhof

I can definitely recommend this apartment for a short stay in Riquewihr. There is a lot to see and do, but three days there were just right for us. Eating out is still fairly reasonably priced and if you like wine and picnics, I’m sure you will find some quiet spots in walking distance.

Links of interest:

Riquewihr Alsace Vacation Rentals: http://i-love-riquewihr.com/ (ours was the Sylvaner-Studio)

Jean-Paul Krebs (landlord and general manager) has this blog: http://best-of-upper-rhine.com/new-luxury-holiday-apartments-in-riquewihr/

Visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/i-love-riquewihrcom-Vacation-rentals-in-Alsace/304039933586

I do not obtain any free services or products in exchange for promoting anything here. This is just to let you know about things I’ve learned that has made travel better, more comfortable, and more fun.

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Three Days in Riquewihr, Alsace

Again, here are a few more impressions of our visit to Riquewihr.

The last time, we had been here was in 1996. Back then we could only stay for one day, because suddenly we had a baby with a high fever on our hands. Being new parents, having just moved to Europe from Japan, with only mediocre French skills, we decided to head back to Germany to see a doctor.

This time around, we were on our own. That little boy is now a college student in England and our daughter was in Poland on a school trip. The only rise in temperature we expected to get was from having red wine. :-)

The whole town is so neat and clean. There is something interesting to see around every little corner. While we were there though, there was often a sour smell wafting out of courtyards (wine making in process).

Store front Riquewihr

This is either a vegetable storage bin or the recycling of one’s no-longer-edible vegetables, serving as decor.

vegetable box

 

 

corn in window

Main street,  rue du Général-de-Gaulle, is very inviting with its many restaurants (30 of them, I’ve been told).

Rue du Général-de-Gaulle à Riquewihr

At the restaurant La Grappe d’Or , we were seated upstairs. That’s nothing unusual in itself, only the fact that the ceiling is extremely low. We had to walk in bent over, so did the waitress serving the food. With the help of some good red wine, we made it out of there OK. Slightly more bent over.

Nevertheless, I had the best salad ever there. Look for “Salade Automne” with figs, chestnusts, strips of zucchini, mint leaves, on a bed of lettuce, with a bread basked. My husband had the “Escargots Baeckaoffa” (some potato casserole specialty with snails). He was not raving about the food as much as I was, but he liked it.

La Grappe d'Or à Riquewihr

La Grappe d’Or à Riquewihr

We had a very pleasant time in Riquewihr.

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Three Days in Riquewihr, Alsace

This is a little show-and-tell of roadsides,  restaurants, and Riquewihr impressions from our three-day visit.

There are quite a few tourists with a dog in tow. For some older dogs, it might be a bit hard to walk up and downhill on the cobble stones. This shop owner’s cat had a keg to hop on every time one of the friskier dogs came near.

cat on keg

Most amazing are the beautifully decorated shops and windows in these old and well preserved houses.

Grocer's shop window, Riquewihr

This was taken on Sunday evening with the weekend making it a busier place.

Riquewihr

We had looked online at rental places outside the medieval part of town as well, and so we took a little stroll to see where some of the other lodgings are located.

View onto Riquewihr

We ended up with a very nice studio apartment on main street, rue du Général-de-Gaulle. More about that in a different post.

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Urlaubslesebuch – Travelling Book in the Alsace, France

This travelling book is yours to keep. The Urlaubslesebuch contains 29 clever, funny, romantic, and moving short stories by famous authors such as T.C. Boyle, Ilse Gräfin von Bredow, Catherine Clement, Bianca Döring, Umberto Eco, Jostein Gaarder, and many other good story tellers.

29 short stories in German

The book will be released on Rue du Ggénéral De Gaulle, the main street of Riquewihr, later this morning of 6 October 2014.

When you are done reading it, do like I did – send it on its merry way. Feel free to share under the comment section where you left it.

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