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Day 20 Durstel, jeudi 26 août 2010 - Obernai, etc.

sunny 31 °C
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Woke up at 7 and started to blog and blogged for an hour. Made myself stop and I rolled over and went back to sleep. I reset my alarm for 8:40 am and forced myself out of bed 5 minutes later.
When I first woke up it was to the alarm, annoying, and to the wonderful smell of Margy's plum pie baking.

Still in my housecoat when I joined Margy and Marc for our petit dejeuner outside on the picnic bench. Warm this morning and a lovely sunny day. Happy to see that Margy was in her housecoat as well.

We had a wonderfully relaxing breakfast with baguette, two types of jam, mirabelles, blackberries, yogurt and muesli.

Showered and got dressed and we left around 10:30 or so.

When we got to the town of Obernai there was a very busy outdoor market happening. Yes, I was smiling and love to shop and especially at markets. You always find unique items here and we were just in time as the market was already packing up and due to be closed by 12:30 pm. We got there shortly after 12 noon. There were lots of vegetable stands, speciality meats, cheeses, soaps, spices, and silver jewellery. We spent our entire time there and I bought two very unique silver rings. I also bought another gift. Marc got Margy a lovely butterfly ring. She says that I am influencing her shopping habits. Glad to be of service.

From Durstel we travelled along the Alsace Wine Route and we passed many vineyards as well as a brewery called Kronenbourg, good brew.

We went to a church in Obernai called the Saints Peter and Paul Church. This is a Catholic Church built on the grounds of a former Gothic Church. Simple inside and some very beautiful stained glass windows. We then went in and out of some of the shops as well as souvenir shops.

We went to lunch at about 1 pm to a restaurant in Obernai called La Dime. We each had a beer and then Margy and I each ordered Tarte Onions and we got Quiche Lorraines. Marc had a tourte made with reisling. Had great butter lettuce salads with tomatoes and onions and a light dressing. Lunch was reasonable as it came to 30.30€ and it also included one extra beer.

Wandered around Obernai for a little while longer and we left to go to the convent around 3:30 or maybe a bit earlier.

We went to visit a convent called Mount Sainte-Odile located in Ottrott and arrived sometime before 4 pm. www.mont-sainte-odile.com. We saw the incredible view as well as the various chapels. We went to the grotto which is a famous part of the convent. The convent hosts retreats as well as has a full sized restaurant and a cafeteria.

We also visited The Church of Saints Peter and Paul of Rosheim in the town of Rosheim. This was a Roman church and dates back from 1145 – 1167. Inside the church was an art exhibit which has been quite common in many of the churches that we have seen so far. It appears that the Churches are making more of an effort to be more accessible and welcoming to the general public.

It was now nearly 6 pm and we were back on the road. We were held up for quite some time, probably ½ an hour. I wasn’t aware how long as I dozed off again for my second nap today. Warm, hot and tired and drowsy.

Went to dinner at Au Coq Blanc in the village of La Petite Pierre for tarte flambée. In my mind I was expecting the tarte flambée was going to be an onion tart. In the end it was a most pleasant surprise as it was the Alsatian pizza I had eaten some 5 or more years ago and really enjoyed. At that time it was in Vancouver and made by the husband, a professional chef who was Alsatian, whose wife was a friend of my friend. We had all run in the Pacific Spirit run that morning and were invited to lunch at their home after the race.

It is a very thin crust pizza like item which is cooked in a wood stove. The base is a mixture of heavy cream and sour cream. Then on top of this is onions and bacon. You then have a choice of it just like this or with the addition of either regular cheese, mushrooms or munster cheese at least those were the choices at this particular restaurant. When you eat tarte flambée you order one and when that one is done you decide if you want a second. That way each one you eat is nice and hot. In the end we had the plain, the mushroom and the munster. Very good and it was about 6 hours since we had eaten lunch, we were ready.

We had half a carafe of red wine with dinner and Marc had beer and then we got back into the car for the trip home which was only about 15 minutes or less.

Had Margy’s yummy Mirabelle plum pie a la mode at shortly before 10 pm. Yes very late at night to eat dessert but pie was baked this am and there will be no opportunity to eat it tomorrow.

After that I went to blog and blog and now it is 22:45 which is 10:45 pm. I think perhaps I have way too much to say but it is more that there has been way too much to see and I have really enjoyed seeing all it. It would never have been this amazing a trip if I had not spent so much time with Margy and now Marc as well as they know this wonderful country and have shared so much with me. I have been most fortunate as few get to experience France this way.

As I finally finish this blog which was interrupted a few times as I got distracted and did a few other things, it is now 12:37 am and I am pooped and still need to throw the balance of my clean clothes into my suitcase. Pack in more wine that Margy and Marc very kindly gave to me.

Sleep will get here soon enough. This is why I need so many naps. Am blogging till I am blurry eyed.

Posted by Sydney324 15:36 Archived in France

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