...wait, that isn't 'two' in French.... The second part of our mini wine and cheese vacay.
Somehow or another, we managed not to indulge in too much wine during our stay in Strasbourg. Which is a good thing. The last thing you want to do before a day of wine tasting is being hung-ditty from the night before.
Saturday morning, while not nearly as beautiful as the day before, I awoke with a full agenda of things to do. After a super quick stop in the local Sephora - which, btw, they do NOT have in Germany and I was running super low on so many things. Life saver! - we were headed about 50 km south to the Alsace Tour de Vins.
|The hubs did not get a shot of me coming out of Sephora, but I probably looked like this, but with more crazy eyes. (source)|
I am the queen of finding random spots and towns online. And thankfully I am lucky enough and they usually turn out to be interesting, off-the-beaten-path kind of wonderful places.
|One of the beautiful streets in Riquwihr|
This one was no different. After a short drive on the highway, the GPS lead us off the main road and back through meandering rows of vines. I don't think the hubs was convinced we were actually going some place in particular, that is, until the absolutely picturesque town of Riquewihr was right upon us.
If you thought Strasbourg looked like a movie set, Riquewihr was straight out of a Disney film. Despite the region of Alsace getting pretty blown up in the war, the tiny medieval town was spared. And has somehow stayed more or less the same as it was in the 16th century.
|The clock tower framing the top of the town.|
And don't worry, we didn't hit them all up. Don't think I would have had the stamina or liver to even accomplish that in a week!
Ok, maybe a week, but it would have to be one heck of a bender!
We picked out a places along the main drag that we wanted to visit and sample their wine. By far the coolest one was Maison Zimmer, which was literally in a cave-like cellar. Cold, damp, musty smelling, and away from the tourist bus full of snow birds from Florida, it really did feel like we descended those stairs and traveled back in time.
|Maison Zimmer wine tasting cellar|
How good was it? It's been called the songbird of it's generation. That good.
Sorry, blackout there, what happened? Anyways, the idea is to bring back a bottle so we can enjoy it at home, in Texas. Yeah, we will see if that happens!
|How do you manage to look so smooth all the time?! Lol|
|Medieval looking stairs leading back into the sunlight|
If you ever find yourself along the French-German border, you have to check out this area. Wine lover or teetotaler, you will not be disappointed in the beauty of the French countryside!