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A long needed break

My husbands parents took the two girls for the day. So, my husband and I took advantage of this rare break and headed for the mountains. We took a long walk around Mont St. Odile in the Vosges.

Afterward the walk, we stopped and ate lunch in the cafeteria at Mont St. Odile which is very good and very cheap. It was a beautiful day for us to remember. The view was so clear from the Vosges that we could see the Swiss Alps about 200 km away.

I would love to get out of Strasbourg and live near the mountains. We could take walks as often as we wanted and Strasbourg would only be 30 minutes away. The best of both worlds but in reverse from the present situation (us living inside the city).
St Odile

Mont St. Odile just above Obernai, one of my favorite villages to visit.

View from the Voges near St Odile

A spectacular view of the plaine d’ Alsace from the Vosges.

Vosges in Feb 2006

I loved the white of the snow mixed with the green and brown of the earth.

Vosges - near Mount St. Odile

This is the site of an airplane crash on top of the Vosges just near St. Odile in 1992. If you look closely you can see branches fitted into the shape of crosses thoughout the fence around the crash site.

Vosges - near Mount St. Odile

Here is a sign in memory of the people who lost their lives in this accident.

Pagan Wall in the Vosges 2006

The iron age pagan wall was built around 4000 BC. However, there is no real way to know how or when this wall was really built. It is thought that it was built for religious reasons and that the ground inside was sacred.

Mr. Pie, Vilay, has posted some photos from our day in the Vosges on his blog, Window to France, if you would like to see them. He is not as shy about putting his name on his blog as I am. I think it is because of his vanity.

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  • Julie February 20, 2006, 3:04 am

    Beautiful! I love it too.

  • luann February 20, 2006, 10:12 am

    st odile and that area is so beautiful! I remember that view…. i am glad you guys had some quiet time together.

  • misschrisc February 20, 2006, 10:43 am

    It’s so pretty! We have never regretted our move to the mountains. We love it and every time we’re gone for a few days we really miss it here.

  • samantha February 20, 2006, 1:02 pm

    How ironic, I’d never heard of this crash site until last night when “Enquête Exclusive” did a story on it, and here are pictures of it the following day on your blog!

  • Pumpkin Pie February 20, 2006, 1:13 pm

    I love all the little villages around Alsace but here near the wine road the villages and Vosges are particularly beautiful.

    Samantha,
    My husband has told me about it for years and only yesterday did I see it. It was a little sad but nice that the accident victims are still remembered. There were actually a few survivers as well.

  • Wendy February 21, 2006, 11:00 am

    They’re lovely photos but I must be honest..I am so blase about it all because I live surronded by forests and hills (am in farting distance of the Ballons d’Alsace)…I am a city person and all this nature (whilst beautiful and peaceful) does depress me at times. I miss people and shops and coffee bars and just the sounds of life. Maybe if I was happily married and not alone so much I’d appreciate it more.

  • Pumpkin Pie February 21, 2006, 12:39 pm

    Wendy,
    I am like you too. I could not live in a tiny village in the middle of no where. But, a small city or large village some where near the mountains is calling me. And, like I said Strasbourg is only 30 minutes away. We are looking at Sélestat which is right in between Strasbourg and Colmar. Not mention Germany is still close and we will be closer to Switzerland and your neck of the woods which is breathtakingly beautiful. I like that there is so much surrounding Sélestat to keep us busy. I know Strasbourg so well now and it is at least an hour to see any other big city.

    I like living close to a large city but not in it. We see many small cities with cafés and people walking everywhere. Lots of tourists in these small cities and villages. People are all over Alsace.

  • RaleighRob February 21, 2006, 4:38 pm

    That old pagan wall just looks so cool. I’m not sure why, but it does. :-)

  • Pumpkin Pie February 21, 2006, 6:59 pm

    It is really cool. I loved touching it and thinking about the people that put it there and how in the world did they get all those heavy rocks there. It is very romantic.

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