A Lingering Look at Windows: Lingering longer in Eguisheim

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We came across Eguisheim quite by accident. The way we travel is unplanned.  We decide a direction we wish to travel and using the byways instead of the highways we make our way there, avoiding the large towns and the majority of the tourists. On this trip we used a compass on the dashboard of the car and just set a direction we wanted to head. It took awhile before we realised that the magnetic influences of the car created havoc with its directional capabilities but we stumbled across many treasures in the process.

Eguisheim is in North-Eastern France in Alsace. People had lived there for years with archaeological excavations going back to the Paleolithic times.  The Romans conquered the village from the Gaul tribe of Senones and with the Roman love of wine it became a wine growing area and still is today.

Early in the Middle Ages (11th century) the Duke of Alsace built a castle and the modern town as you see it today sprung up around it. We were staggered that for such a beautiful town the tourist hordes did not seem to have descended in any great numbers. This may have changed because in 2013 it was voted as France’s favourite village.

Here you could see how life may have been in the Middle Ages. Lingering to look at the windows you could imagine women chatting from them across the street, pails of slop poured from them, fishwives shouting, clopping of horses on the cobblestones. The longer you lingered the greater the imaginings.




About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to A Lingering Look at Windows: Lingering longer in Eguisheim

  1. M-R says:

    I feel fairly sure that after that vote of confidence, it’ll now be overrun. But only in the tourist season. The place would’ve worked really hard for that award; and now they’ll be asking themselves “WHY DID WE DO THAT ?!” …


    • Yes I think it will be also. Glad we got there prior to this happening as we hate crowds. Yes, there’ll be locals that love it and others that hate it. I know when we had the shop we used to dread the rush at Easter , October long weekend and Christmas. Cheers Irene


  2. Sherri says:

    What a perfect, gingerbread village. I thought it was Austrian at first, never thinking it was in France! Love it, and glad you got to see it before it became famous! Cheers Irene 🙂


    • Yes chocolate box. Hard to believe it is lived in. I always think it is strange to think of this style of housing having interiors with televisions and computers and all the other mod cons.Have a good day. Which voice is talking to you today? 🙂


      • Sherri says:

        I’m smiling because I think just the same thing when I look at houses like this!

        My book, but I’ve yet to start. Going for a quick walk, (want to come?) have lunch and then down to it. Got to post as well, a short one. My ‘First Fifty’. See what you think.

        How about you? Let’s chat about it while we walk… 😉


      • Sounds good. Walk then sleep. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on doing the fifty. Fifty is so few words I found it very difficult. I had thought I would edit an existing piece to the number of words but I felt it lost the essence of it. So I went fiction. Thanks for the walk. Ready for sleep. Hope the ink runs well for you. Cheers Irene


      • Sherri says:

        Yes of course, it’s your bedtime isn’t it! I keep forgetting that! Maybe you better not read my story before you go to bed, it’s dark but it’s based on an upsetting scene I witnessed just down the road from us a couple of days ago and I felt I had to write some fiction based on it. I hope others don’t think it’s too dark but you know what it’s like when you just have to write what’s on your heart. I just posted it.

        Sleep well my friend and glad the walk helped. See you tomorrow 🙂


  3. What a great way to explore. Great photos. 😀


  4. It’s gorgeous! I love all the plants along the street, and the buildings… I want to go there!


  5. We traveled through the Czech Republic in much the same way and found wondrous treasure!
    I look forward to visiting this village, maybe when we visit our son who is stationed in Germany. Thanks for the tip!


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