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Alsace, France
The town of Eguisheim in the Alsace region is like a fairy tale.
Our gîte in Kientzheim was
a gingerbread house.
This was the view into the courtyard from our kitchen window.
Our rooms were on the ground floor.  
Paul fit in with the locals at the
Sauerkraut festival in Krautergersheim.
People lined up to buy cabbage
by the 12 lb. bag.
The oom pah pah band played polkas
and cabbages were hanging
from the chandelier.
Here's Paul stealing grapes out of the vineyard not 50 yards from our gîte.  
This is the road out of our village
to the vineyards.

We hiked through the vineyard and over these hills. . . to the village of Riquewihr.
The stone crucifix marked our way and the signs told us that we were walking the Chemins de Saint-Jacques (the Camino de Santiago in Spain).

Where to stay?

Christine et Michel Butterlin
7, Grand Rue
Kientzheim, France

The owners of our gîte hosted us to a lovely Alsacian dinner at their home -
mountain cheeses, pumpkin soup, roast beef with mushroom gravy,
red cabbage with chestnuts, apple and almond cobbler and,
of course, local Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir wines.
At the wild boar festival in Ebersheim, we ate spaetzle,
wild boar with cantrell mushroom gravy and drank kir. Delicious!
We hiked in the Vosges Mountains that line the Alsace region to a mountain lodge where we ate French home cooking including this Torte de la Vallée.