Day Trip to Lyme Regis on the Devon-Dorset Border

There are plenty of shops along High Street in Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast. Most cater to the many tourists coming to this seaside town. At this time of year, in early October, it was mostly elderly people. The weather was brilliant, and we even got to sunbathe at the shore for half an hour before we left the next day.

We had the option of taking a three-hour tour, but having only one afternoon in this town (we got there around noon from Exeter), we decided to walk around at our own pace.

There are a few fossil shops, a fossil museum, fossil tours, and even the lanterns are fossil-shaped.

On my former visits England, I used to find coins on the streets and sidewalks. Not anymore. Either it is because the streets are being swept all the time (they looked very clean), or because Brexit is near. Instead of coins, I saw many bird feathers. 🙂

We walked a good mile out to the spot where one can find fossils. We didn’t find any, but instead I found much sea glass! A fossil collector explained how it got there – land erosion caused a landslide, and brought down a landfill… I brought it with me nevertheless. It had been in the sea for many years, polished by the sand and water, so it had done its job.

Jurassic Coast Lyme Regis

This is a beautiful place to vacation, and I could easily spend a week here. There are several cafés and benches by the shore. Most of them have an inscription dedicated to a loved one.

We watched the elderly get off the bus. They had to step carefully, some gave a helping hand. My husband and I looked at each other, and we didn’t have to say it out loud. This could be us ten years from now.

We saw no one with an iPhone, nor iPad (I used mine to take pictures and was eyed curiously). We were some of the younger tourists there.

A Weekend in Ribeauvillé, Alsace

We spent the first October weekend in Ribeauvillé, Alsace.

Over the years, we had been to several places in the Alsace, and this time we chose RibeauvillĂ©. I was surprised by its size – a long main street with plenty of shops, many restaurants, and to my husband’s pleasant surprise, we discovered a whisky bar (Le Saint-Ulrich) as well.

Ribeauvillé, Alsace

Ribeauvillé, Alsace

I had seen steep vineyards before, but never quite like this.

Vineyards around Ribeauvillé

Vineyards around Ribeauvillé

One of the best things in life is a little uphill walk, with your husband carrying the picnic makings in his backpack. We enjoyed the view, the wine, and our own company.

Ribeauvillé

grapesThe weather in early October is often fairly nice, or we might have been just lucky over the years. We hope to do this again next year.

Riquewihr Holiday in October

This is what Riquewihr looks like in the early morning at around 6:30. An hour later, a sprinkle of tourists are coming down the road to go to the bakery, with delivery trucks and repair trucks coming through. By 9am, it gets lively with tourists.

We had rented a studio apartment in the yellow house on the left.

Riquewihr 6am

Repair was done on this house (good restaurant inside!) at about 7:30.

Au Tire Bouchon

The town boasts to have 30 restaurants and this could very well be.

Riquewihr

The steep vineyards are a special sight to see.Steep vineyards

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

Notes from Germany

While the U.S. is in dire straits with Frankenstorm, we sit here in Europe and contemplate our first early snow and frost.

At the same time, our supermarkets shelves are still well stocked and the next best thing we have to worry about is when to put on our winter tires.

All is well – there is frost everywhere, we have turned up our heat, and I enjoy the total quietness around here. No winds, no gusts, no sounds of flooding, etc.

I have been following my friends’ updates and photos on Facebook, and it is scary.

Here is my own antidote – beauty in winter time

 

 

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