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On Saturday we left Lorraine to attend a wedding in Sommesous in Champagne, about two hours away. As temperatures were around 32° C, we were a bit anxious about this week end out.
We arrived at the mairie of Sommesous a bit early and met family and friends of the bride and groom. The mayor made a short speech, then did the official part to marry them. After that, the photographer asked all of us to gather in one group, climbed in an aerial lift to take the picture. It was a good idea to be sure to see everybody.
We had a bit of time to have a chat and we all went under trees looking for shade. Then we went to the local church. It was built in the 11th and 12th centuries, so thick walls and small windows, the ideal building to stay in. It was cool and so pleasant. Sorry, I didn't take a picture, I was too busy, too talkative...
After these official parts, we had a drink in the local hall. Champagne for everybody, in the region called Champagne, it is so obvious. It was good but to be taken in moderation as it was so hot outside. A bit later we had a good meal with champagne or wines as we wanted, we laughed, danced and left the hall a bit before the younger ones who "looked for the just married couple" - a tradition and the opportunity to do silly things, followed by the tasting of an onion soup. So we missed the onion soup, at 5 or 6 o'clock in the morning.
After a short night we were ready for lunch. Well, half ready. One said his hair was growing from outside to inside, another said he could feel hair growing where he had not any more. Most women had given up using make-up, because of the heat (of course). And I noticed we were all very calm. Maybe people were like me, I thought the light was too bright and the noise "too noisy"... It must be because of the heat and the lack of sleep...
Definitely a good week end to remember.
Place Stanislas is the fourth of the list of the most beautiful squares in the world (Lonely Planet travel guides) after Krakow in Poland, Venice in Italy and Marrakesh in Morocco.
French people often say "The world is small !" when they meet a person they know in an unexpected place but, this time, we can say "The world is big and we are the fourth !"
I have never visited the three places above but our Daughter visited the fifth which is Salamanca in Spain. I remember how enthusiastic she was when she came back and spoke about Plaza Mayor. So it must really be beautiful and this picture by night shows a bit of it.
I wonder if one day there will be a list of small squares, the ones we see in villages and which are so pleasant. I think about the green in British villages, some are so... green and it is relaxing to walk there. And also squares in our French villages where people come to have a chat, sit on benches and enjoy a sunny day.
Well, Place Stanislas deserves at least this fourth rank, we think the first would have been right, wouldn't it ?
When we were in Eguisheim in August, we saw the whole Alsace in a window (my article dated September 24th). The second window of the same shop was about Christmas time.
In quite a small space, where red and white were the most visible, there were all the main things for an Alsatian Christmas. On the right you could see the traditional Father Christmas wearing a green coat, not the "modern" red and white coat, but the new Father Christmas was driving little cars on the left just near Christmas trees. Angels were singing not far from children dressed with winter red and white clothes. And, of course, there was a wood "tower" ready to receive candles which will make blades move at the top.
To remind you traditional food a goose and also different decorated mannele were standing in the same window.
On Sunday a lot of Alsatian homes will light the first candle of their Advent wreath, a first step towards Christmas. The houses show more decorations outside than in Lorraine, the tradition started there a very long time ago.
It is quite unusual to see a whole region in a shop window. We found it in Eguisheim in August.
Storks are part of the region and you see them flying above your heads in lots of places nowadays. You also find them in shops, small and big. They are everywhere on postcards, to put on shelves, and even as soft toys which sometimes you can put on your head ! (Don't forget storks bring babies in Alsace.)
There are two other birds to remember : the goose to make foie gras and the rooster cooked in Alsatian wine.
Of couse, you cook in pottery made in Alsace. Tins, dishes, terrines are red, blue, or even green or yellow with nearly always the same traditional patterns.
If you eat, you must drink. So you need the typical glasses with a green stem.
And you shouldn't forget the shape of Christmas biscuits by looking at hearts and small characters.
In the end, Alsace wouldn't be Alsace without the traditional costume, the one for women with the big headdress.
I wish I would find the same shop window but for Lorraine. This is such a good idea and people stop in front of it and comment what they see "Look, the storks, the costumes, ..." Here they would say "Look, bergamotes, place Stanislas, ..." All the information about a region in a small space.
Eguisheim has been chosen by French people as their favourite village in 2013. So we have seen a lot of videos and photos about it, but I couldn't avoid taking more photos as it is really a typical Alsatian village with an uncommon shape.
The village has been built around a castle from the middle of the 10th century and it is as if it is still enclosed by ramparts. Pope Leon IX was born in Eguisheim and quite a few statues, signs and names remind you about it.
As far as we could see, there are five main entries to go into the old Eguisheim. Most streets are narrow and in some of them no car can go.
Anyway the best way to discover this place is a slow walk, there are so many things to see (houses, fountains, flowers, shops, ...)
Even if we have been to Alsace many times, this place is something we will really remember. It is lovely, each street, each corner, each small shop has got something which stays in your mind.
And you can even get lost there. That's what happened to us ! We walked, walked and didn't realize streets turn slightly. We were looking at everything, all the details, outside of houses, craftsmen working in front of us, so caught by what we saw that we didn't remember the general view of the streets (which I had photographed). We had to ask our way twice (oups !) but nobody was surprised. Apparently tourists do this quite often.
And now I wonder why I didn't think about looking at my own photos in the camera to recognize the streets ! Too many new pictures in my eyes and I forgot everything else.