August 16-18st, 2011, SL Tour Alsace, France ...

On short notice - similar to the Black Forest, weather report was promising - we took the SL for a three-day trip to the Alsace, just about 100 kms away from Weinheim ...
 

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The Alsace is basically opposite to the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine in France ... first we had to catch a ferry to cross-over ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Beautiful landscape welcomed us ... the weather was great to drive with the roof down.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). First stop was Saverne, a beautiful old little town in the North ... here the main road ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Close to Saverne we visited the castle "Chateau du Haut Barr", built on a huge rock ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here the fantastic views from this castle ... in the far distance the Black Forest ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here the SL parked @ the castle ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and the "obligatory" photo of us up there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). For all Aussies we had to take that photo of a real fan: koala, map, kangaroo and the Tassie devil on an ugly duckling (in a pretty good shape) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Many of the villages we passed were full of flowers (ville de fleur) ... here one example
(Niederhaslach, sounds German: The Alsace has changed "owners" between Germany and France frequently!)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). In Molsheim (Bugatti!) we stayed for the first night ... here the town square ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we found that 2-star "hotel du centre", which turned out to be a real nice hotel in the middle of the city ... surprisingly with very friendly staff!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). A little walk before dinner showed us a different way to air out your shoes ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and following the recommendation of the hotel, we had a lovely dinner in a little restaurant there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Coming home to the hotel, the next surprise waited for us in the "red-light" district (see photo): the hotel gave us a complimentary glass of wine! ... btw. a lot of wine in the Alsace, mainly white wines.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next morning we stopped in Obernai ... and found parking directly in the city centre ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here a view from the top of the church steps ... as you can see, the same boring photos over and over ;-))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We mainly took very little windy roads - up and down several passes ... here an example taken while driving ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we saw these fellows lying beside the road, escaping the fencing ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We had a stop in a little "friterie" ... an old mill ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where we had lunch ... here the owner in his "outdoor kitchen" preparing a burger ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here another impression of the beautiful landscape ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we shortly entered Colmar (too many tourists!) ... and were slightly surprised to see this statue ... well we drove a lot, but didn't expect to get as far as NY!!!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). In Munster (home of the famous cheese), we stayed another night and had dinner in a typical "Alsace" restaurant.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We stayed overnight, because the weather report was fantastic for day 3. Unfortunately it rained the next morning, so we had to shorten the trip a bit. Not to forget a visit at a local "cheesery" ... to buy some of that cheese!


 Anyway, it was wonderful to have experienced that ... so close to home!