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  Wanderlust Home and Pet Care

Oct 23  Long drive to Colmar in the Alsace Lorraine region especially when at the end I was driving through fog and rain. The AirBnB apartment is very cute in an attic of the owner’s Grandfather’s house. We did have to watch our heads with beams and dormers through-out the apartment.

Oct 24 The rain stopped by 11 am in time for us to go to a recommended restaurant for lunch and to purchase a few items at the Monoprix. Our lunch at la cocotte de grand-mere had only a couple of items to order. We both had the pork cheeks which were delicious. Colmar is a larger town but retains it’s architectural timber building in the old town center and still is very walk-able and cute - if a town can be cute!.

Oct 25  No rain while we walked the village of Eguisheim. The ramparts of the town are actually the homes connected together and circling the village which you can see here in the image I downloaded. We walked around the two outside circles of village before we headed to the center of town. This town is on the most beautiful villages list and I definitely can see why.

Oct 26 Obernai, France Located in the Route de Vins (wines). These villages are all fairy tale villages. They are so beautifully restored. During the 18th century the half timbered homes were covered in cement. It would have protected the wood but I can’t imagine the work to chip it off to expose the beams underneath. We have seen a home that still had nails in the wood - probably to help hold the cement on the walls.

Oct 27 The drive through the vineyards to Kaysersberg was amazing. The yellow reminds me of the aspen trees but the vines are everywhere. We walked to the ruins of the fortress on a hill above town for some great views. Albert Schweitzer was born in Kaysersberg. I couldn’t remember what he did - thanks google - he set up a hospital in Africa which could help 500 patients. We had our first really good view of a stork today! Their nests are huge. We had our first pinot gris from Alsace today. It had a sweeter taste but was excellent with my sausages.

Oct 28 We had a huge cordon bleu dish made with veal - delicious! Afterwards we walked the old city of Colmar. I wanted to see the canals and walk the tourist trail.

Oct 29 Gary & I spent the morning at the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle. A remarkable restoration of a 12th century castle by Kaiser William II completed in 1908. The views would have been spectacular but the fog still gave the castle a certain ambience. Really enjoyed the audio about the castle. We then drove to Kintzheim for our lunch reservation at the best tarte flambee restaurant in the area. I enjoyed it but Gary wasn’t impressed - the cracker crust got soggy too quickly. I think we are both ready for a nice big salad!

Oct 30 I never seem to get tired of seeing castles, maybe because we just don’t have castles in the USA. Ribeauville is full of visitors today out walking the village either after lunch or before dinner. More than a few shops are closed because it is a Sunday - their loss. However, many of the wine stores are open for business. The village actually has 3 castles sitting on the hill but due to the buildings and narrow streets we can see only the largest of the 3 - what a view!

Oct 31  Happy Halloween We spent the afternoon in Riquewihr, a very small village but big appeal. The community has done a great job with restoration. I do think we are looking forward to a change in scenery.  Paris will be a great change - so much to see and do.

Nov 1 We had cocktails with our AirBnB host, Cathy and Frederic. They have been terric hosts and made our stay very special. Our fire is called a Swedish candle. A hole is drilled thru the core 3-4 inches from the bottom and another perpendicular just as far as core for the air to draw up 3-4 inches from the bottom. The holes will connect. This bottom hole is where a “fire starter” is placed to help the lighting process. This Swedish candle was placed outside the farm house to notify passersby that the home was taking visitors.