In May I went with my sisters to the Alsace in France.
From mainly highways in The Netherlands and Germany we drifted on to country roads where we were surrounded by canola fields. We drove through the Moselle wine area with vines as far as the eye can see.
In Avold (France) we stopped at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial. Seeing those thousands of headstones, 10,487 to be exact, makes you stop and think of all those lost lives, mostly young boys. The impact on your emotions is overwhelming.
In the Alsace we stayed in the quaint town of Riquewihr. I can imagine that in mid-summer you won’t be able to see the cobble stones for the amount of tourists, but when we were there, early May, it was quiet and very pleasant. The houses in the Alsace are like a patchwork quilt, turning walls and roofs into pieces of art.
The vineyards surrounding the villages were in abundance, the grapes just starting to appear..
We stayed in Hôtel à l’Oriel, which was quite interesting and very good.Restaurants are plentiful and mostly very good. Our absolute favourite was La Grappe d’Or with it’s amazing “coin intime” (the intimate corner). It took getting used to, sitting in an area with an extremely low ceiling (our preferred spot in the restaurant), and the waiter or waitress having to bend almost double in order to serve you, causing quite some laughs, but it was wonderful and the food was fantastic, the wine kept flowing, the service was excellent. I cannot say the same about another restaurant we tried out, “La Grenouille”.
I would not recommend “The Frog” to anybody.