A seriously charming town

Riquewihr Travel Blog

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The weather was still pretty dismal and it was very cool but there was some sign of pending improvement. We continued through the Black Forest, then on to Alsace, heading directly for Eguisheim. I'd read that Eguisheim was nicer then Riquewihr and we'd loved Riquewihr when we visited in 2002. It is certainly attractive and there are fewer tourists but, on balance, it would be hard to choose. We'd originally thought we might stay in Eguisheim but then thought we might be better off with a more central location so, after buying some goodies and exploring Eguisheim for a while, we headed north.

We stopped in Turckheim but had trouble even finding a restaurant that struck our fancy so we headed on to Riquewihr and parked just outside the city. Lin and I were intent on Torte Flambée for lunch so we had that and some Pinot Gris at the Restaurant Pizzéria du Vignoble. The meal was perfect but there was much too much food to finish. After exploring a bit, we agreed to check in to the only 3-star hotel within the city walls, L'Hotel à l'Oreil. The hotel is quaint but pretty "basic" and, there was an incredible amount of noise from the narrow passageway in front. After a few hours to rest, we looked around and settled on Restaurant Weinstub L'Ecurie for dinner. Dinner was pretty disappointing and the service was fair at best.

Helen and Earl joined us in our room for a bottle of wine before we called it a night. Fortunately, we had quiet during the night.

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