riquewihr-22-of-36Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France ( Les plus beaux villages de France), tiny Alsatian Riquewihr nestles among vineyards between the Rhine River to the east and the Vosges mountains to the west.  This little commune hasn’t changed much in 500 years and was spared damage in World War II when fast advancing American forces surprised and routed the German defenders before they had a chance to destroy the town as part of Hitler’s scorched earth policies.

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StrausburgThe beautiful city of Strasbourg lies a few miles west of the Rhine River on the Ill River.  Nothing sickly at all about this ancient French city that was established more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans.  These towers on the Ill River were once part of the medieval fortifications that surrounded the inner city.

_DM35597On Kongo’s recent European cruise he spent a day in the French province of Provence.  Wow.  Warm skies, fishing villages, vineyards, olive trees.  The tour he went on was called “Vineyards and Villages” and that’s exactly what he saw.  Above are fishing boats in the little village of Sanary-sur Mer.  Sounds French, huh?

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This week, Ailsa’s Travel Theme is “through” so Kongo has posted some through images from a recent visit to Paris.  Above, traffic along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées appears to go through the Arc de Triomphe but, of course, it gets to a huge traffic circle and goes around not through the famous landmark.  See more through images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack blog.