Photographer's Note

from Strasbourg we went for a one day trip to Colmar and Riquewihr. We had a glorious day, the sky was deep blue without even one little cloud. It was no so good for photos - there were very deep shadows and I had much difficulties with light management. But strolling through these Alsace city was a great joy. Everywhere half-timbered houses and I am always so fascinated seeing them. Here you see the sign with the stork. Storks are symbols of Alsace and they are present (in decorations) everywhere. On the outskirts of the town there is, established in 1976, centre dedicated to offering the public the chance to explore the local natural environment within an authentic setting - an area of 5 hectares - and working for the protection of various wildlife species threatened with extinction.
- the White Stork, victim of the traps that are set during the migration season and of the disappearance of its habitats... 200 of these wading birds thrive freely here,
Have a such sunny weekend!

Riquewihr is a popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, it is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Riquewihr looks today more or less as it did in the 16th century. Riquewihr was one of the few towns in the area not to be badly damaged during World War II. The town is surrounded by its medieval fortifications and is overlooked by a castle from the same period that is today a museum.
There is a museum about Alsace during World War II and a torture chamber (La salle de torture).
The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

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