alsace, a little more

This morning we were still overly stuffed from dinner, but we managed to make our way out to the patio for a huge breakfast buffet complete with fresh squeezed mimosas. Then we moved over just a bit  to the terrace to relax by the pool before leaving the Chateau D'Isenbourg.

Our first touring stop was Bergheim, more timbered houses, tiled roofs, and pretty flowers.

We spent more of the afternoon in Riquewihr, straight from a storybook, but a bit crowded, otherwise absolutely charming. We ate more bretzel, stopped in a few shops, and enjoyed walking around in a fairy tale or a history book, or both. These quaint towns have been through quiet a bit, changing between French and German control 4 times in only 75 years. The gingerbread towns have been bombed and invaded and fought over for centuries, and the architectural layers show it as well as several street names recognizing events of WWII.   

Kayserberg was our final stop as it was getting later in the evening. On more chance for wine tasting and bringing home a few popular varieties: pinot gris, gewurztraminer, sylvaner, pinot noir, and riesling.