Renaissance faire in real life
Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
149Trip End Jun 15, 2012
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The apartment is a rather large two bedroom with a full kitchen, dining room and large living room. We have a TV (only French and German channels) and a misbehaving wireless internet. The apartment is located on the top floor of a building that also houses a wine cellar and tasting room and a tourist shop. The building is so photogenic that tourists stop all day long taking pictures of it. The apartment gives us a place to add some permanence to our trip; after more than a week of wandering around we have a place to hang things up and not worry about repacking for a while. But Colmar, a ten-minute drive away, has a train station that can take us to all other major cities in Europe. Not that we would ever want to leave this hallucination of a village.
Riquewihr got my attention while I was researching places centrally located in France, and the pictures I found on the internet had my head spinning. We found this apartment and booked it almost a year ago. The main street is like a walk through fantasyland, except the buildings are original and probably built to the standards of the sixteenth century. But the streets are curved and the buildings have sagged into a slightly leaning posture in no consistent direction. Most of the dwellings have dates stamped above the doors, most of which date to 1500s
Estela, Mason and I went for an evening walk and let me take some time exposure photos, as you can see a sampling of here on this blog. You will see a lot of interesting photos over the next month as Adriana and I work on our photography techniques. To be here for a month and to be able to enjoy the early morning hours and late evening quiet in a town like Riquewihr is like having Disneyland open to you and your family for a night with all the rides open. Now if I can only get my kids off he internet…