Category Archives: France

Afternoon bike tour (🇱🇺🇫🇷🇩🇪)

https://www.strava.com/activities/2475417016

Warm with a breeze and mobile office on the back. Busy cycleways but empty roads. 102 km in Luxembourg, 11 km in France and 53 km in Germany. When I arrived home, I thought I could just repeat it.

Eagle monument in Dalheim
Eagle monument in Dalheim (June 23, 2019)

Jhangely meorial
Jhangely meorial (June 23, 2019)

Flag
Flag (June 23, 2019)

International border
International border (June 23, 2019)

Cycling route along the Moselle river
Cycling route along the Moselle river (June 23, 2019)

Château des Ducs de Lorraine
Château des Ducs de Lorraine (June 23, 2019)

Schengen Agreement
Schengen Agreement (June 23, 2019)

Vineyards near Palzem
Vineyards near Palzem (June 23, 2019)

Welcome to Rhineland-Palatinate
Welcome to Rhineland-Palatinate (June 23, 2019)

Cycling in three countries
Cycling in three countries (June 23, 2019)

Cycling directions near Ralingen
Cycling directions near Ralingen (June 23, 2019)

The Wine Gate
The Wine Gate (June 23, 2019)

Sauer river
Sauer river (June 23, 2019)

Wooden bridge in Mullerthal
Wooden bridge in Mullerthal (June 23, 2019)

The Mullerthal Canyon on PC 2
The Mullerthal Canyon on PC 2 (June 23, 2019)

Oak processionary caterpillars found in the area
Oak processionary caterpillars found in the area (June 23, 2019)

Flower
Flower (June 23, 2019)

Sky
Sky (June 23, 2019)

Tour de Gaume on gravel bike (☀️)

https://www.strava.com/activities/2311220829

First (miles) century ride of the year. First 80 km were very easy; the remaining 100 km were against the wind (🌬️). Discovered some gems on the way through 2 Luxembourg Cantons, 2 Belgium Arrondissements and 3 French départements. Empty roads (more 🚲 than 🚗, even on the E44). An extended version of leaving home via Mamer and coming back via Holzem 🤣. Arrived back home at dusk.
VeloViewer Explorer stats: 73 new tiles, growing max cluster to 1538 tiles (+7)

Habay lake
Habay lake (April 22, 2019)

Sur les traces des Romains
Sur les traces des Romains (April 22, 2019)

Cimetière Franco-Allemand 1914-1918
Cimetière Franco-Allemand 1914-1918 (April 22, 2019)

Route dégradée
Route dégradée (April 22, 2019)

On the way to Orval
On the way to Orval (April 22, 2019)

Lake at Orval
Lake at Orval (April 22, 2019)

Orval Abbey
Orval Abbey (April 22, 2019)

Gen Goulf beer brewery
Gen Goulf beer brewery (April 22, 2019)

Small road in French Ardennes
Small road in French Ardennes (April 22, 2019)

Former customs checkpoint
Former customs checkpoint (April 22, 2019)

Avioth
Avioth (April 22, 2019)

Montmédy
Montmédy (April 22, 2019)

Montmédy
Montmédy (April 22, 2019)

Montmédy
Montmédy (April 22, 2019)

Montmédy information board
Montmédy information board (April 22, 2019)

Directions on E44 in Montmédy
Directions on E44 in Montmédy (April 22, 2019): Didn’t realise it was a E road; it was so empty of cars!

French departments border
French departments border (April 22, 2019)

Quiet road near Charency-Vezin
Quiet road near Charency-Vezin (April 22, 2019)

The Chiers river
The Chiers river (April 22, 2019)

Blooming tree in Viviers-sur-Chiers
Blooming tree in Viviers-sur-Chiers (April 22, 2019)

Château de Cons-la-Grandville
Château de Cons-la-Grandville (April 22, 2019)

Military memorial in Cons-la-Grandville
Military memorial in Cons-la-Grandville (April 22, 2019)

Cycling infrastructure near Lexy
Cycling infrastructure near Lexy (April 22, 2019)

France/Belgium border near Mont-Saint-Martin
France/Belgium border near Mont-Saint-Martin (April 22, 2019)

Forest near Aubange
Forest near Aubange (April 22, 2019)

Cows
Cows (April 22, 2019)

Sunset in Clemency
Sunset in Clemency (April 22, 2019)

 

Spring walk near Strasbourg

I came for a surprise visit to see my cousin who was in the area for the weekend.

Flowers
Flowers (April 6, 2019)

Château de Pourtalès
Château de Pourtalès (April 6, 2019)

Statue
Statue (April 6, 2019)

Statue
Statue (April 6, 2019)

Pickup
Pickup (April 6, 2019)

Flowers
Flowers (April 6, 2019)

Old stone from Germany
Old stone from Germany (April 6, 2019)

Spring on Piste des Forts (EuroVelo 15)
Spring on Piste des Forts (EuroVelo 15) (April 6, 2019)

Spring
Spring (April 6, 2019)

Cyclist
Cyclist (April 6, 2019)

Barr and Château d'Andlau
Barr and Château d’Andlau (April 7, 2019)

Spring in Ostwald
Spring in Ostwald (April 7, 2019)

Spring in Ostwald
Spring in Ostwald (April 7, 2019)

Spring in Strasbourg
Spring in Strasbourg (April 7, 2019)

Petite France, Strasbourg
Petite France, Strasbourg (April 7, 2019)

Boat on the Ill river, Strasbourg
Boat on the Ill river, Strasbourg (April 7, 2019)

Hiking from Marlenheim to Wasselonne, Alsace

https://www.strava.com/activities/2240074791

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne
Hike from Marlenheim to Wasselonne (March 25, 2019)

Hiking in Barr, Alsace

https://www.strava.com/activities/2240069629

But first, a nice photo from Strasbourg in flowers.

Magnolia blooming
Magnolia blooming (March 23, 2019)

House in Barr
House in Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking directions in Barr
Hiking directions in Barr (March 24, 2019)

❤️ window
❤️ window (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Château d'Andlau
Château d’Andlau (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Hiking near Barr
Hiking near Barr (March 24, 2019)

Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr - Sentier viticole
Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr – Sentier viticole (March 24, 2019)

 

Autumn hike from Mutzig to Molsheim

A touch of summer in November while hiking in the woods and vineyards.
Start: Mutzig train station
End: Molsheim train station
Length: 13.5 km
Track: GPX file or GPSies link.
Photos: photo gallery and photo map.

Hangman
Hangman – it was the week of Halloween. Noticed a lawyer’s name on the letter box next to this.

House
House – an old but still inhabited house in Mutzig

Chapelle Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs (Heilighiesel)
Chapelle Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs (Heilighiesel) – unfortunately not a peaceful place as it lies next to a busy road.

(not so wild) life
(not so wild) life – at the second we stepped into their field, they came to us to see what’s going on.

Eating leaves
Goat eating fallen leaves like I would eat a bowl of peanuts.

Direction signs
Direction signs – at this stage we left the yellow circle to follow the red symbols.

Steps
Here we starting climbing. It’s a steep but very short climb.

Rocher du Geissfels
Rocher du Geissfels – where this narrow trail took us to

Vegetal revenge
The tree revenge – metal blended by the growing tree

Leaf
Many leaves from various trees

Forest
Changing direction but staying on the marked trail

Forest track
The forest path became a track

Tracks
Where the tracks meet

Misleading directions
This sign is to be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise

Panorama
Panorama

Not-so-green salad
Lunch break: a not-so-green salad

The outlook
The outlook

bench
Our picnic bench

Leaving the pass
Leaving the pass

Autumn colours
Autumn colours – back to the forest

Litter
Littering is one thing I do not understand.

Vineyard
Autumn vineyard – all shades of yellow, orange and red

Warm November
Yes, it’s November…

Grapes
Grapes

Grapes
Some old grapes; vendanges tardives?

Grapes
Grapes

Pinot noir
Pinot noir information board

More grapes
More grapes

Vineyards
Closed hut at risk of collapse in the vineyards.

Vineyard
Orange and red vineyard

Enjoying the weather
Enjoying the weather.

Another vineyard
Another vineyard

Plaine d'Alsace
View towards “Plaine d’Alsace” and the Black Forest

Horse
Horse one

Horse
Horse two

Vignoble de Dorlisheim
Vignoble de Dorlisheim

Old apples
Old apples

Old apple
Old apple

Old apple
Dried apple on an old apple tree

Church
Protestant church in Dorlisheim

Church
Around Dorlisheim church

Eurovelo 5
Cycling directions featuring Eurovelo 5 and Véloroute du Vignoble d’Alsace signs

Bee
Bees are still outside

Hike map:

Hike Dambach-la-Ville

Start/Finish: Dambach-la-Ville train station
Length: ~16 km
Itinerary:

Dambach-la-Ville hike
Dambach-la-Ville hike

Photo gallery:

Memorial
Memorial

Fountain
Fountain

Can you find the stork?
Can you find the stork?

EuroVelo 5
Véloroute du Vignoble d’Alsace (part of EuroVelo 5) goes via Dambach-la-Ville

Chapelle Saint-Sébastien
Chapelle Saint-Sébastien

Ossuary
Ossuary: ce que vous êtes nous l’étions et ce que nous sommes vous le deviendrez.

View over Dambach-la-Ville
View over Dambach-la-Ville

Bibelefelsen rocks
Bibelefelsen rocks

Château du Bernstein
Château du Bernstein

Château du Bernstein
Château du Bernstein

Sign(ed) poem
Sign(ed) poem

Forest track
Forest track

Ortenberg Castle
Ortenberg Castle; do not confuse with Ortenberg Castle in Schwartzwald.

Scenery
Scenery

Hiking path
Hiking path

Tic tac toe wall
Tic tac toe wall

Coat of arms
Coat of arms