Riquewihr photo gallery

Riquewihr

This pretty village in France is the perfect fairytale setting and classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France.”  My favorite town as you may have noticed, I wrote about it in my previous post → Alsace France

Riquewihr a medieval town in the heart of the vineyards of Alsace, France. The charming half-timbered houses were built between 15th-18th century and with a Dolder that was used as a defense/gate from the 13th century.

Posting below the photos taken from this pretty village. This is where “Beauty and the Beast” got their movie inspiration. And you’ll see in these pictures why ❤️ Some I have posted already in Instagram 😊 


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houses are decorated with beautiful & bright colored flowers in spring/summer

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Riquewihr almost looks as if it has just dropped out of a fairytale book

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the best way to explore this town is by foot, and there are little museums which feature their wine and cheese making, old postal history, etc.

The “Noel” themed house

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one of the tiny streets in Riquewihr

Fairy/angel figurines from a souvenir shop

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Posing for a quick photo in her fave trinket shop

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another “Beauty and the Beast” inspiration is this quaint fountain

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the winemaker’s house, dates back to 16th century

Riquewihr, like their wine, gets better with time


Indeed, Riquewihr is a very charming village. It has preserved its tradition and beauty, still unchanged even after 400 years. 

 

♥ mp

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Highlights of Granada Spain

I’ve recently posted some photos from our trip to this beautiful place of Granada, Spain. Because of it’s Moorish historical background, a particular area in Granada is called Alhambra which in Arabic means reddish walls («qa’lat al-Hamra’» Red Castle). My daughter got a book – “Tales of the Alhambra” as her souvenir that I’ve used for research and information…

Because of it’s Moorish historical background, a particular area in Granada is called Alhambra which in Arabic means reddish walls («qa’lat al-Hamra’» Red Castle)

Alhambra is strategically located with a view of the whole city. The first historical document dates back as early as 9th century. The castle of Alhambra was built around year 889, and this castle became a military fortress because of its location. It was until the arrival of the first king of the Nasrid dynasty, Mohammed ben Al-Hamar (Mohammed I, 1238-1273), in the 13th century, that the royal residence was established in Alhambra. This event marked the beginning of Alhambra’s most glorious period. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. (Sorry, no pictures from inside the castle 😦 we weren’t able to get our tickets)

It was until the arrival of the first king of the Nasrid dynasty, Mohammed ben Al-Hamar (Mohammed I, 1238-1273), in the 13th century, that the royal residence was established in Alhambra. This event marked the beginning of Alhambra’s most glorious period. 

Then the Catholic monarchs came and parts of the castle were destroyed to give way for a new palace and the onset of Catholicism.

Below are the pictures taken from our trip, with the above intro and its spectacular sights, this is by far one of my favorite cities in Europe 🙂

 

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Alhambra Palace – where we checked in

 

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Ornate details of the Alhambra Palace

 

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Ornate ceiling/details of the Alhambra Palace

 

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inside the beautiful Hotel Alhambra Palace 😍all corners, from ceiling to floors and stairs are intricately designed

 

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breathtaking sunset and the view of the whole city from our dinner in the Alhambra Palace

 

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taken along the old streets of Granada

 

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the Cathedral of Granada

 

Souvenir shopping in Granada

 

Day tour with daughter ❤️

 

 

more to come 🙂

mp ♥

 

Ave Maria de Lourdes France

On our fifth visit to Lourdes France, we were able to participate in the nightly rosary vigil. It starts at 9 pm and lasts for about an hour. Same feeling of peace and hope enveloped me as we sang to the hymns and recitation of the rosary. Chanted with various languages I may not know but still familiar and heartfelt. The procession is more than a ceremony that for devotees like us – is a time of prayer and peace. 

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I’d like to share the hymn – “Ave Maria de Lourdes” in French. As seen on a short clip I recorded below.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

O Vierge Marie, le peuple Chrétien,
à Lourdes vous prie, chez vous il renvient.

Le fond de la roche s’éclaire à l’instant:
la dame s’approche, fait signe à l’enfant.

“Venez, je vous prie, ici, quinze fois,
avec vos amies entendre ma voix.”

Avec insistance la dame,
trois fois, a dit: “pénitence”
Chrétien, c’est pour toi!

“A cette fontaine venez et buvez;
dans l’eau pure et sainte
allez vous laver.”

“Je veux qu’ici même,
au pied de ces monts,
le peuple que j’aime
vienne en procession.”

 

 

much love,
mp

Alsace France

Dreams do come true.

Alsace is a historical region in northeastern France, bordering Germany and Switzerland. It’s filled with beautiful small villages like one particular place called Riquewihr.


This old town is the perfect backdrop setting for fairytales i.e. Beauty & the Beast. Humming Belle’s song as we walked through this picturesque village. Charming and colorful houses, each has a unique theme of it’s own. And I even found the lovely fountain in this scene of Belle where she sat to read her book. The old town from the 16th century still feels the same until today and for me is the most beautiful village I’ve ever seen. I didn’t like to leave.

“Riquewihr – les plus beaux village de France”

Photos will be uploaded when I get back home, I promise 🙂

We stayed in Colmer, another quaint town in Alsace. Its cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. The gothic 13th century St. Martin cathedral took 600 years to built and stands tall in the central Place de la Cathédrale. The area along the canals is known as the La Petite Venise (Little Venice). You can take a boat ride to explore the old fishermen’s district. 

Strasbourg. The capital city of Alsace. Being in the border of France and Germany, it was enriched with a unique combination of German and French influences. Its enthralling past gives this city a distinctive and endearing history.

We took a boat tour after visiting the gothic Cathédrale Notre-dame that houses the astronomical clock. 

More to come so please like and follow 🙂


much love,

mitch