A visit to the Stork & otter Center
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We woke at about 7:30 to another beautiful day! After breakfast in the hotel, we started driving north, stopping first at the Stork and Otter Park in Hunawihr. There are a LOT of storks there, many completely free to come and go. Apparently, they were nearly extinct and have been brought back. Magnificent birds... and they're BIG. I guess they need to be in order to carry babies!! Leaving there, we spotted a large church overlooking the town so we drove up for a closer look. It’s a fortified church, originally founded in the tenth century! The church itself was locked but we walked around the graveyard marveling at the many small ceramic plaques put there in lieu of flowers. The town itself looked like WWII occurred yesterday; the buildings drab and the streets in deplorable condition. There were also what looked like bullet holes in many buildings. Interesting. We drove through and around the outside of town to take pictures before leaving.
(It must be said that when we returned in 2005, we found that the town had transformed itself! It seemed as if every building had been painted and the drab town had become one of the quaintest we've seen anywhere!)