At Home in Al­sace (Part 1)

The Advance of Bucks County - - BUCKS COUNTY BUSINESS - By Chris­tine Car­roll

IThrough the Grapevine n pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles, f’ve writ­ten about ad­ven­tures in The ohone sal­ley and Bordeaux, shar­ing my thoughts and per­spec­tives on wine, as well as on the ge­og­ra­phy and cul­ture of France. For the next cou­ple of col­umns, f would like to of­fer in­sights from our most re­cent France trip in the fall of OMNO.

Cross­ing sine­yards hosted a barge cruise through the Cham­pagne re­gion in late peptem­ber, and al­most as an af­ter­thought, we de­cided to ex­tend the trip with a three day land tour in Al­sace. lne of France’s lesser known wine re­gions, Al­sace is pretty much Eun­fair­lyF syn­ony­mous with so-so wine.

At the end of the barge ad­ven­ture, our small tour group was set to travel by Tds from maris’s dare de i’bst to ptras­bourg, one of the north­ern­most cities in the Al­sace re­gion.

ln a crisp patur­day morn­ing at day­break, we de­parted our barge, pavoir-Faire, which had moored overnight in a lit­tle cove along the peine. lur re­quest for break­fast at 6WPM Aj did not en­dear us to the hos­pi­tal­ity staff, but they gra­ciously fed us, hugged us and wished us “Bon soy­age.”

ln the hushed week­end streets of maris, we passed the bif­fel Tower. tithout the pic­ture snap­ping hordes of tourists sur­round­ing it, this iconic sym­bol of France looked ma­jes­tic with the sun ris­ing be­hind it. f reached for my cam­era, then paused. This was kind of a sa­cred mo­ment…no cam­era could cap­ture its beauty. f tried to savor the way the early morn­ing light shone through lacy met­al­work so f could re­mem­ber it for­ever.

fn two and a half short hours, we were trans­ported from the in­ter­na­tional cap­i­tal of style to the cap­i­tal of the buro­pean rnion. te stayed at a charm­ing ho­tel, Cour du Cor­beau, Ewww.cour-cor-

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