ALSACE LORRAINE – INFO AND REFERENCES

 Info and References (based on our trip) if you’re visiting Alsace Lorraine

Travel/Climate

If you’re driving from Munich you’ve basically got two choices – to drive up and drop down or drive along and go up! We chose the former and headed up the A8 towards Stuttgart dropping down onto the A5 at Karlsruhe. It is approximately 430 km and should take about  4 hours 15 minutes. The journey itself is straightforward but it really does depend how much road work is going on. When the autobahn slows down to 2 lanes this can seriously affect your journey time. You could quite easily adapt this route to include time in Strasbourg and other towns on the Route de Vin. Alternatively, if approaching from the South you could spend more time in Freiburg and the Black Forest. Since my original trip I have driven to all of these places and it really is a wonderful area to explore.

 

Some good Books/Blogs

  • Hidden France by Richard Binns

I’ve had this book since I was a student and regularly return to it. It has a good section on the Vosges, and after reading about the Route des Crêtes, I tried it out with my daughter a couple of years later. The language/writing is a bit ‘old school’ but what this guy does not know about ‘off the beaten track’ places in France ain’t worth knowing about.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-France-Richard-Binns/dp/0552992305/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497535315&sr=1-1&keywords=hidden+france

 

https://frenchmoments.eu/route-des-cretes-des-vosges/

 

  • France – The Rough Guide

Another book that I have referred to time and again.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rough-Guide-France-Guides/dp/0241204437/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497551438&sr=1-4&keywords=France+the+rough+guide

 

  • Lonely Planet – France

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lonely-Planet-France-Travel-Guide/dp/1743214707/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497534864&sr=1-11&keywords=alsace+lorraine+guide+book

 

  • The Rough Guide Snapshot France: Alsace and Lorraine

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rough-Guide-Snapshot-France-Lorraine-ebook/dp/B01BHC0F36/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497534864&sr=1-6&keywords=alsace+lorraine+guide+book

 

 

Accommodation

We stayed at the Hotel Berceau Du Vigneron, 10 Place Turenne, 68230 Turckheim, France. Unfortunately, it appears to be closed at the moment but here are Booking.coms top 10:

https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html?aid=339738;label=turckheim-XXLu8ZlOJJXiGMZCjYKtRQS184484616466%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-285284111486%3Akwd-427670707%3Alp9042500%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=dc70fd927552dd6700f5213b0a0cabb5;city=-1474017;hyb_red=1;keep_landing=1;redirected=1;redirected_from_city=1;source=city;src=city&gclid=Cj0KEQjwg47KBRDk7LSu4LTD8eEBEiQAO4O6r4-vXqDgRizW2yuVetMza7Da1RWCeHzolwlnfLCKssgaAhwT8P8HAQ&

 

Places of Interest

  • The Vosges Mountains

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vosges

 

  • Ribeauvillé.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribeauvillé

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g424986-Activities-Ribeauville_Haut_Rhin_Grand_Est.html

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar

 

Tourist office of Colmar

http://www.colmar.fr

 

Wine domain of the city of Colmar

http://fr.domaineviticolecolmar.com

 

  • Turckheim

http://www.turckheim.com/en/

 

  • Riquewhir

http://www.ribeauville-riquewihr.com/en/index.htm

 

 

  • Kaysersberg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaysersberg

 

  • Kientzheim,(in Haut Rhine!!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kientzheim

 

 

 

Other References

 

  • The Protestant Reformation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformation

 

  • Thirty Years War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War

 

  • Franco-Prussian War

https://www.britannica.com/event/Franco-German-War

 

  • Treaty of Versailles

https://www.britannica.com/event/Treaty-of-Versailles-1919

 

 

  • Colmar Pocket in 1945.

https://standwheretheyfought.jimdo.com/alsace-2011-2012-sites-of-the-alsace-campaign-in-1944-1945-then-and-now/

 

  • visual/kinaesthetic learner (from ‘Multiple Intelligences’)

What are Multiple Intelligences?

http://www.tecweb.org/styles/gardner.html

 

This is the great book that has influenced all decent educators:

Howard Gardner –Multiple Intelligences

https://www.amazon.de/Frames-Mind-Theory-Multiple-Intelligences/dp/0465024335

 

  • Jeanette Winterson

http://www.jeanettewinterson.com

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/22/jeanette-winterson-thought-of-suicide

 

  • remorse

noun: remorse

  • deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed. “they were filled with remorse and shame”

synonyms:contrition, deep regret, repentance, penitence, guilt, feelings of guilt, bad/guilty conscience, compunction, remorsefulness, ruefulness, contriteness, sorrow, shame, self-reproach, self-accusation, self-condemnation; pangs of conscience

 

  • ‘A Dialogue of Self and Soul’ (by WB Yeats)

 

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43294

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2008/feb/11/poemoftheweek27

 

 

 

Sarah Halliday

June 2017