Outing in the Vosges Mts., Alsace, France
Posted on June 29, 2014
Almost at once, after meeting our landlady in Ribeauvillé we felt that we were in good hands and that our personalities fitted well. Within a couple of days she asked if we were interested, along with her male friend, Lucien, in having lunch on a farm up in the Vosges Mountains. Of course, we are always ready for a new adventure so we didn’t hesitate in saying yes.
Come Sunday morning, Carmen and Lucien picked us up in his roomy VW SUV and off we went, basically southwest and upward, otherwise we knew not where nor how far away. We had not met Lucien before but immediately felt comfortable as he was a well traveled man and spoke English.
After a scenic drive through green meadows and gentle hills we eventually found ourselves rather clinging to the side of a mountain at the site of an active dairy/cheese farm which had a fine restaurant and outdoor patio overlooking a distant mountain range.
We enjoyed a superlative Alsatian meal of several courses, as you see, accompanied by two superior local wines.
Here’s a bit of history of the place, but only in French, as usual.
Following this enormous dinner, we took a short walk to the top of the ridge, where quite a number of Sunday folks were also enjoying the expansive views. On a clearer day you can see the Black Forest on the left and the Juras and Alps in Switzerland straight ahead. Some local glider enthusiasts took advantage of the good weather to launch their remote controlled gliders into the gentle breezes as we all stood around and watched them soar.
We felt protected by this beautiful Madonna.
After soaking up our share of the rays and views, we proceeded downhill in time to see the cows come in for their evening milking.
There were quite a number of bikers here and there, some cooling off with a cold one.
It was time for us, too, to enjoy a round of beers on the covered patio.
You might think this was the highpoint and ending of a fine outing, but wait for the next post. We went sightseeing.