Thursday, 9 May 2013

France - From Calais to Kaysersberg

Yes, both Calais and Kaysersberg are in France. The one faces Dover across the English Channel and the other is so German you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Germany. The stellplatze (camperstop) adjacent the town was packed when we arrived late afternoon and we could not understand why, so we decided to take a look the next morning. Our sole purpose for stopping over was to buy some Alsace wine from that very small wine producing region in France. It is situated right on the German and Swiss borders in the far south east of France near the Rhine.

And what a find this was! Kayserberg, or the Emperor's mountain. It has changed 'ownership' twice already belonging to Germany before both World Wars, only to be taken back by France after both World Wars, no wonder many town folk spoke German and the very Germanic building style all around.

Town centre of Kaysersberg

'Model' chickens

Flowing through town

The bank on the Town Hall square

Now we could understand the reason for the packed camperstop! And the subsequent inevitable tourist buses arriving. I drew cash from the bank, we bought our case of mixed reds and whites, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.
Also freshly baked bread and croissants for brunch later. Very important is freshly baked French bread, they are very good at it.

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