Our Barge, Odysseus

Friday, September 21, 2007

Alsace ... We'll Be Back.

On the border between France and Germany is a region they've both been fighting over for hundreds of years, the Alsace. We can see why.

The Maison Katz on Saverne's main street.

We spent the night in Saverne on our way into Switzerland and a little time on the aptly named "Route du Vin" but a little was not enough; we had to go back.
Saverne featured the least expensive and nicest hotel we stayed in while in Europe, and the cheapest parking, always a plus in small European towns not auto-centric. There are probably a thousand (it seems) small wineries scattered about the countryside along with a generous helping of old castles and grand chateaus. It's glorious!
What could be better that a good E4 cremant, pinot blanc or reisling?
One of the most picturesque canals in France goes right through the middle of town. The Canal Marne du Rhine is a major route between Paris and Strasbourg.

and has a great port du plaisance (marina, for you anglophiles.)

The canal picture was taken from the top of the Haute Barr, a ruined castle on the hill overlooking Saverne. It's just a couple hours walk round trip from the center of town. Some portions are left over from Roman times. History was all around us.
Unfortunately, the clock was ticking on this year's European adventure so it was back to Holland to prepare the boat, and ourselves, for winter.

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