the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse)
from Dijon to Belfort. A very comfortable
journey with the bikes hanging securely in the bicycle
carriage. We took the TER (regional)
train from Belfort to Mulhouse. The entrance was large
enough to take our bikes with the panniers fitted and
the step from platform to entrance was only a couple
of inches high. We just wheeled the bikes in and secured
them together with a couple of elastic straps to stop
them moving around.
We had a coffee in the main square at Mulhouse and
then cycled to our B&B at Sausheim.
The couple who owned
the B&B in Mulhouse also owned the house we were
renting in Kaysersberg. They were going to Kaysersberg
to prepare it for us and agreed to take our panniers
in their car. We cycled to Ensisheim and then enjoyed
the ride along the back roads to Westhalten.
There we decided to take
the longer road through the vineyards to Rouffach a couple of kilometers away. It started with a long
steep hill and we were glad to get to the top. On the
descent the road turned into a rough stony track and
then into an extremely steep concrete track through
a vineyard. We realized that we had taken a wrong turn
somewhere when we found ourselves back in Westhalten!
we went to a ‘cave’ for the degustation.
The server enthusiastically described the local
wines, their features and differences, and encouraged
as many as we wanted. We bought two bottles for ourselves
and a bottle of more expensive sweet dessert wine as
a present for our hosts who had invited us to dine
with them on the previous evening.
See the video of cycling
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We continued to wind through the
tertiary roads along the hillside. The main road goes
along the valley bottom and is fairly flat, but our
route involved many hills and so we were grateful for
the unloaded bikes.
We stopped for lunch
at Rouffach. The first restaurant
refused to let us put our bikes on the terrace, despite
it being deserted
so we moved on. The second
restaurant obligingly let us put the bikes just outside
the door where we could see them from our table.
We enjoyed a pleasant lunch.
The village of Eguisheim is regarded
as particularly beautiful and so it is, but it was
full of tourists.
|The house in Kaysersberg
was pleasant and comfortable. We arrived at 5pm and settled
in. We intended to have a cold meal but didn’t rush
to buy the ingredients because we assumed that the closing
time for the Boulangeries and Charcuteries was 7.30pm
as in Dijon but they shut at 6pm so we had to eat at a
restaurant. The portions were generous but the quality
The next day it rained more or less continuously so
we had a lazy day, catching up with work and had a
long lunch with a bottle of the local champagne equivalent
and a selection of cold meats, pies, cheese and cakes.
We were starting to noticeably gain weight. Alsace is
as much German and French and the locals speak a mixture
of the two.