Towns and Castles

First, here is a daytime picture of the view from our bedroom window.

Our first two stops today, were more touristy towns: Riquewihr and Ribeauvilleé.  Riquewihr was a medieval walled town, and the gates definitively look medieval.  It had a huge Chirstmas store, with the traditional German decorations I remember from my childhood.  We stopped in Ribeauvilleé for lunch and had escargots and tarte a l’ongion.  A stork perched on the roof above and watched us for a while.

Our next stop was Haut Koenigsbourg, a castle first built in the 12th century, rebuilt in the late 15th century, and was looted and burned during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Kaiser Wilhelm II oversaw the restoration of the castle from 1900-1908 and acquired the medieval furnishings and weapons that are there today.  I was particularly impressed by the ceramic stoves in every room.

The final stop of the day was at Monkey Mountain, a preserve for Barbary Macaques.  The big draw is that you are in the enclosure with the macaques and can feed them popcorn.

Dinner was leftovers at Andrew and Tessa’s place.  We sat outside because we are finally getting some lovely summer weather.