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  • Day1024

    Reipertswiller, Alsace

    April 16 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    No, we haven't crossed over into Germany, although you could be forgiven for thinking so, from the village's Germanic sounding name, Reipertswiller and the change in house styles and decoration. No, but we have entered the Alsace Region whose ownership has been contested by Germany and France up until 1945, when it became and stayed part of France. It even has its own language, Alsatian, which is taught in schools, although French is still the official language.

    After 3 days at Richardménil, we covered 130km, heading East towards Strasbourg. Setting out, the roads were straight and wide, allowing us to make good progress, but as we drew closer to our destination, they became increasingly narrow and winding, climbing around horseshoe bends into beautiful Beech forests; a feast for the eyes and the soul! At some point we entered Parc naturel régional des Vosges du Nord where Reipertswiller is located in the wooded foothills of the low Vosges mountain range.

    One of the reasons we chose to visit Alsace at this point is that easter celebrations seem far more pronounced here than in any other French region, perhaps due to its mixed cultural history. Entering the village, we were greeted with gaily painted, 2D wooden eggs in planters either side of the road. We've been used to beige and cream coloured houses in the northern areas, but many here are brightly rendered in yellows, blues, greens and pinks. Wooden balconies and rustic timber cladding are another standout feature we haven't seen so much of in other French regions. A significant number of gardens proudly display tasteful easter decorations, including small trees adorned with painted eggs hung from ribbons. It's beginning to feel a lot like easter!

    Parking Martha in the gravel aire between a couple of single storey municipal buildings, we had a spot of lunch and after a rest, set out on a walk. There were many routes signed, but we chose one that lead through the forest, climbing and circling the rounded Buxenberg summit. The overcast sky rained intermittently but the air was still and warm enough, so we were happy. The scent of wood smoke carried faintly in the breeze and we passed many dwellings with neat stacks of logs, no doubt from one of several sawmills at work nearby. With leaves only just beginning to show on the trees, daylight still reached the forest floor which hosted a variety of wildflowers, perhaps the most subtle of which was the Wood Anemone, its delicate petals starting off pale, veined pink, then blooming into a bolder white. Towards the end of our walk we turned a corner and came accross a carpet of these flowers, of the like we've never seen before. There must have been thousands of them, but because they aren't as striking as bluebells, for example, it would have been easy to walk by this amazing floral display without even noticing it. Returning to the van, the steady beat of raindrops on the roof gradually grew and we counted ourselves lucky to have gone out and explored when we did!

    Unfortunately there were no rubbish bins and the mains water was turned off. A notice asked vanners to telephone if they wanted to fill up for €5. We were low on water but this seemed a bit of a hassle, so we programmed a place with facilities into the sat nav and moved on eastwards.
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  • Day104

    Strasbourg, France

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Bonjour mes amis, vive la France! We are now in Strasbourg, the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. We spent the day wandering through the Old Town which is surrounded by the River ILL on one side and Canal du Faux-Rempart on the other. Beautiful bridges decorated with lots of colourful plants cross back and forth around the Old Town. Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame features an astronomical clock inside and for those who wish to climb its 332 steps partway up the spire (yes we did) it offers sweeping views of Strasbourg.Read more

  • Day19

    gravy train

    September 8, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    So we rode on this path that is the car testing road for GM motors... Flat asphalt... so I was enjoying actually getting to use some of my higher gears...and I turn around because I thought Sherelle was playing some music loudly on her phone...instead what was happening was the bags on the backrack of Sherils bike are rubbing on her rear tyre as she had lost both screws that hold it to the frame and it had all slipped back. Such a loud noise!
    So some bush mechanic-ing took place and we pushed on

    So we have been riding through loads of gravel (aggregrate) works... Such scenery!
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  • Day17

    Strasbourg

    September 6, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    And we made it to Strasbourg....
    Our biggest day of cycling yet... with a neat 76kms done and dusted

    Spent the evening in beautiful Strasbourg.
    The cathedral honestly took my breathe away when I first saw it. It's huge! We saw a cool light show that was projected on the side of the building... Nice eveningRead more

  • Day15

    Strasbourg

    September 12, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    It’s probably not on your list of places to visit in Europe, or even France, but it has been an absolute pleasure. We came to visit friends Cassandra and Steve and their family, and discovered why they left their home in Ottawa several years ago and have no plans to return any time soon. I would be happy hiking a mountain or getting lost in a national park somewhere so I was caught off guard by how attractive this city is. 250k pop, sight of European Parliament, European Court of Human Rights, minutes from the German border and the Black Forest. In the Petit France section of town, I loved taking random turns down tiny alleyways and hopping across the many bridges that span the river. The jewel of the city for me is the Parc de l’Orangerie were we picnicked on our last night. We hope to see Cassandra and Steve’s family again upon our return to Europe in Late April.
    - Geoff
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  • Day93

    Bek- tick & tick!!

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Raced back to the church for the 4.00pm chiming of the astronomical clock! Then climbed the stairs to the top of the church tower! So there are 335 steps up then you need to climb back down again! Just as I was in the bell tower ready to descend the bell chimed- nearly fell down the steps!

  • Day93

    Strasbourg

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Strasbourg is in France although just over the German border so has a slightly mixed culture & heritage. Beautiful old building on the River & canals as well as the Cathedral with the Astronomical Clock inside. All the bridges have flower growing on the sides- beautiful.

  • Day16

    A Merry Widow moment in Strasbourg

    September 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Just a quick addition to our Strasbourg story, especially for Lara’s parents... walking by the Strasbourg Cathedral while the violinist outside plays “Vilja”. I tell Cassandra that I used to listen to that as a child, and she reminds me “who do you think you’re talking to - of course I remember this from your family!” Anyway, here is a little bit - and yes, we compensated the artist...Read more

  • Day7

    Pasticceria di Daniel Rebert a Wissembou

    April 24 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    ci lasciamo accompagnare dal nostro sesto senso e ci fermiamo per pranzo alla pasticceria di Daniel Rebert. È un tripudio di gusto e di sapori, anche Ale riesce a mangiare un favoloso dolce senza glutine, scegliamo le nostre meraviglie e ci accomodiamo in un piacevole giardinetto all'esterno, siamo davvero in vacanza.Read more

  • Day7

    Wissembourg

    April 24 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Siamo nei dintorni di Strasburgo a circa un'ora dalla città, il primo paesino che visitiamo è Wissembourg . La piccola cittadina si trova sul confine tedesco conserva caratteristiche casette lungo un piccolo fiume e notevoli edifici al centro dell'abitato. Il paesino è incantevole soprattutto perché i turisti e i negozi di souvenir sono veramente pochi.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Département du Bas-Rhin, Departement du Bas-Rhin, Bas-Rhin, Bajo Rin, Nieder-Elsass, Basso Reno, Baixo Reno

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