What American would ever know there is a French town by the name of Eguisheim, much less that it was rated last year as the prime village to visit in all of France. We now understand why. What a pearl of a place it is. We’ll show you around. Here’s an aerial view I snitched from the internet.

From the internet.

From the internet.

We parked outside the old wall, because there’s no parking permitted inside. In a village of only 1700 people there’s hardly room anyway. Already we could see a stork’s nest.

There are baby storks in the nest.

There are baby storks in the nest.

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Off we go, for two hours.

Off we go, for two hours.

There were a number of descriptions around town describing what we were seeing.

There were a number of descriptions around town describing what we were seeing.

This is a real wine town, with numerous small wineries right in the village. Before long we happened to come by a man on the street of Carmen’s acquaintance, the owner of a winery where she seasonally works. No time was wasted before sampling his wares. Umm, good. He was such a nice, down to earth guy, we really enjoyed the visit.

The courtyard of the Michel Schoepfer winery.

The courtyard of the Michel Schoepfer winery.

Here comes Monsieur Schoepfer to serve us.

Here comes Monsieur Schoepfer to serve us.

We taste.

We taste.

The tasting room.

The tasting room.

Monsieur gets his point across, pointedly.

Monsieur gets his point across, pointedly.

The public plea to spring for his wines. This is the extent of the showcase.

The public plea to spring for his wines. This is the extent of the showcase.

By the time we walked this town we saw quit a number of stork nests, seemingly all with little ones inside. The people here are quite proud of their storks so you see stork themes here in many settings, such as this hanging.

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Let’s look at a few more of these decorative pieces. Sorry, I don’t have a name for them, even in German. They usually depict the nature of the business they are attached to, often in old fashioned imagery.

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Eguisheim is noted for its flowers. Everyone seems to cooperate in keeping their flower boxes in tip top shape.

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Simple is fine.

Simple is fine.

Eguisheim is a real wine town, with so many small wineries we couldn’t begin to count them. Here are a few of their front doors, signage and window displays.

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People have asked how I find the places where we stay. We make our choices over the internet in advance so we don’t lose time once we’re overseas. But here are a few places right here in town where you can knock on the door and find a room.

A nice looking hotel I would take sight unseen.

A nice looking hotel I would take sight unseen.

Here's an apartment, maybe for rent by the day or week.

Here’s an apartment, maybe for rent by the day or week.

Another apartment

Another apartment

How about this one?

How about this one?

Even this is a room to rent.

Even this is a room to rent.

Who can resist this one?

Who can resist this one?

What if you get hungry? Here are a few solutions.

In good weather, dine on the sidewalk, as most everybody seems to do.

In good weather, dine on the sidewalk, as most everybody seems to do.

He is at your service.

He is at your service.

I liked the character written on his face, so I asked for a photo.

I liked the character written on his face, so I asked for a photo.

Ah, a coffee house.

Ah, a coffee house.

The storks, I almost for got the storks. With my non-zooming iPad camera you can’t see much, but take my word for it, every nest had storklings and storklets.

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Here's one soaring.

Here’s one soaring.

I can’t let you get away without my showing you a few doors and other details. This town was full of delights for the eye.

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A door grill

A door grill

The mailbox of a grape grower.

The mailbox of a grape grower.

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Of course there are witches here.

Of course there are witches here.

There were so many directions to go and explore, when we came to this fork, we took it.

A fork in the road.

A fork in the road.

Finely, our feet suggested that we had had enough cobblestones for a while, so we called it a day.

Always laid in an attractive pattern.

Always laid in an attractive pattern.

That wraps up our three week trip to France for this year. There are still so many stones left yet unturned, we may have to return to complete the job we started.

If you go due east from Eguisheim, perhaps carried on the back of a stork, you will be at the edge of the Black Forest. See you there in the next post.

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