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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Through the Heart of Europe -- Part 4, The Alsace Wine Region

After our tour of the city we boarded our bus for a tour through the Alsatian wine region.

We passed by and through a number of charming little villages surrounded by vineyards.

And above each of them towered an ancient keep.

Alsace reminded me a lot of Disneyland. Everywhere we saw kitsch displays. Of course we visited there during the runup to Easter, and a lot of the locals seemed to have gone overboard with decorations.

One of our stops was at a local winery where we toured the facility and learned a bit about wine making.

Then it was a quick trip to a wine museum, housed in a lovely old chalet.

Another familiar sight in Alsace -- stork nests.

A wine delivery wagon.

And a wine shop.

Mmmmm. Cookies.

More kitsch.

And more

The main street of Riquewihe, a center for the regional wine industry.

More kitsch.

A hilltop village surrounded by vineyards. Alsace is nothing if not picturesque.

Then it was back to the boat and on to Speyer.

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