I started off the new year with a long weekend trip to the Alsace region in north-eastern France. My first stop was Colmar, which is considered the ‘capital of Alsatian wine’. The city has a beautiful well-preserved medieval town with colorful half-timbered houses.
The weather in January was cold; the temperature was only in the mid 20F. There were pockets of tourists here and there but for the most part the town was quiet. The next day it snowed a little, and that just brought the town to a whole new level of beautiful. Walking under the falling snow and seeing all the beautiful color houses, one cannot help but feel the romance in the air.
Fairy tale village.
Each house was beautifully decorated for Christmas.
My next stop was Eguisheim. This village has been rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is a lot smaller than Colmar but it has all the charms and beauty.
My next two stops were Riquewihr and Ribeauville; each is unique in its own way. Riquewihr is a very small walled city, and most shops and beautiful houses are located on one main street.
Love the beautifully decorated windows.
My last stop was in Strasbourg. It is a much bigger city with modern buildings and shops. A small section of the city, called La Petite France, still has some well-preserved, old style half-timbered houses.
Did I mention that the shops have the cutest souvenirs ever?
My trip comes to an end and I find myself falling in love with these beautiful medieval towns. I can’t wait to explore more charming villages in France…