May 30, 2014

Riquewihr, France: Alsace Wine Region


Doesn't this town look like the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary?! 6 year anniversary, to be exact! Last July, as the first of three heat waves made its way into Europe, D and I took a 3 hour drive from Wiesbaden to the beautiful village of Riquewihr, France. This too-cute-for-words cobblestoned town is part of the famed Alsatian Wine Route and is just about the epitome of French charm. Colorful houses, wine-filled shops, and flower boxes bursting at the seams with fresh blooms…if France ever had a storybook village, THIS WAS IT. One of my favorite things about living in Europe these last 3 years have been quaint towns like these, nestled in between vineyards and oozing picturesque scenery. The only other town that I could compare to this would be Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany…also one of my very favorites. Riquewihr, while also walled like Rothenburg, was much smaller and surrounded on all sides by lush, green vineyards. This place was practically begging me to stay there forever!

We stayed just inside the old walls of the town at the most adorable hotel with the most lovely views (Hotel à L'Oríel, in case you were wondering). Everyday we had a traditional European breakfast in the sitting room with the owner's friendly cat. Every night we dined al fresco with chilled wine, stinky cheese, and under the romantic ambiance of the French countryside. Sounds like a total dream, right? It was. Granted, it also reached 108°F one afternoon (no, seriously…I have photos of town thermometers), but with such sweet scenery surrounding us on our weekend of love, we almost didn't notice. Allllmost. 3 cold showers a day kept the heat tolerable, but I digress. We spent the morning of our first full day in Alsace wandering around the alleyways of Riquewihr, stopping in for wine tastings at various winery stores and shopping for French treats unique to the region. The rest of the afternoon was spent a short drive away in Colmar…the widely-known "capital of Alsatian wine". More French fun to come! 

26 comments:

  1. Complete Dream! This is a beautiful town, I must keep this on a list of To-Go's!

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  2. Beautiful! I'm definitely going to have to visit this place this summer (but hopefully in less heat)! Welcome back to Germany by the way!

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  3. This looks INCREDIBLE. I'm so sad France got bumped from my last Europe trip. But I guess that means I'll have to go back soon! Alsace is now on my list! Thanks!

    Dearest Darling

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  4. Seriously gorgeous... and in France, what more could you want? :)

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  5. Um, wow! Added to my European wishlist :)

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  6. I just got so emotional over these photos that you'd think I was pregnant again (I'm not). I fell in love with France when we went. We kicked ourselves for not going earlier, so when the opportunity came up to go on one last trip before PCSing, we decided to go back to france. Then my husband was sent on a three-day TDY to Africa...that turned into a month long trip....that in turn cancelled our last European trip. I'm clearly still sad that we didn't get to see that beautiful area one last time.

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  7. Your hair looks amazing in these photos! Is your hair naturally curly? What do you do keep the curl, fight the frizz, without making your hair crunchy looking? Sorry I'm 31 years old and still haven't mastered the art of my curly hair. I'm always looking for the secret method.
    Also the photos are beautiful. I'm so jealous of all the wine and beer tasting you have been able to take part in while in Europe. Beer and wine are two of my favorite things. :)

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  8. Oh wow, those pictures look so pretty, the town looks picture perfect!

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  9. Wow. This town is so adorable! I love it.

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  10. This town is so adorable it almost looks like it's Epcot's version of France you know?

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  11. I love these photos! And this is such a cute little village! I'm absolutely dying to visit Alsace - I haven't been anywhere close to that region of France before, it's definitely towards the top of my to-see list.

    Also, you are/were looking great in these pictures Casey :) (retroactive compliment?)

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  12. ...It's like Belle's village in "Beauty and the Beast"!!...

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    1. Hahaha it so totally is!! I never thought of it that way...but it does look a lot like the movies!

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  13. I know I've said this before but I love your pictures, so colorful! Makes me want to go there too!!

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  14. It seems that I wasn't the only one reminded of Disney with your beautiful photos. Just think, you'll be spending your 7th anniversary year comparing Disney's rendition of Europe to sites you actually visited...so cool! Prayers for your safe arrival home dear one...Miss you much, Love you more!

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  15. What a charming town, definitely the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary.

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    1. Agreed! We couldn't have had a more lovely time there...well, except if it hadn't been so darn hot!

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  16. We just visited the same town with my parents! Love your pics, and a very happy anniversary.

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  17. So beautiful! Doesn't even seem real!

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  18. The place is so beautiful, like a one form fairy tails!)
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  19. This was were my now husband took me for my 51st birthday! It was a total surprise and I had no idea such a beautiful place existed!!! I actually wrote about my trip there on my blog too!! Thanks for the memories!!

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