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.