Beautiful Medieval Towns

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.

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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.

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Fairy tale village.

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Each house was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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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.

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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.

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Love the beautifully decorated windows.

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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.

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Did I mention that the shops have the cutest souvenirs ever?

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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…

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2 thoughts on “Beautiful Medieval Towns

  1. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. It is a beautiful area. We hiked from Marlenheim to Cernay last summer and stayed in campsites along the way. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about a day in Riquewihr in case you have time to look? Have a good afternoon, Sam 🙂

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