As the weather turns cooler, thoughts turn to winter breaks. For many, that means skiing. However, I’ve never fancied the slopes – a day on the piste is a couple of letters away from holding any attraction for me.
A long weekend in Alsace might be a possibility, though.
I’ve wanted to go to the region for a long time. Its history – at times French, at times German – will make for a fascinating experience, I’m sure.
It’s said that the region borrows the best from both France and Germany. I have lived in France and Germany and speak the two languages, but I have never been to Alsace. As a linguist, it will be interesting to hear the impact of the region’s proximity to Germany on the local dialect.
“As a linguist, it will be interesting to hear the impact of the region’s proximity to Germany on the local dialect”
I used to work as a journalist specialising in EU affairs, but I always seemed to get the press trips to the European Parliament in Brussels, never to the one in Strasbourg. It looks like I will have to do that under my own steam. The coming months would be a good time to go. The city’s Christmas market – or Christkindelsmärik – dates back at 1570 and is reputed to be first rate.
With winter on the way, the hearty fare on offer will be very welcome too.
I must admit that I have to be in the right mood for Alsatian wines, though. I have always found them a bit sweet for my tastes. It’s probably fair to say, however, that the wines on sale there are likely to be better than the ones exported to the British supermarkets.
I am due to spend two weeks in south west France over Christmas and New Year, so there’s a question mark over, whether I can squeeze in a trip to Alsace. We’ll have to see.