We finally found some sun and warm weather at this extremely beautiful and charming town of Kaysersberg. The aire is very large, with room for 70 motorhomes, clean toilets emptying facilities, clean water and rubbish and recycling bins.
We spent 3 very relaxing days at Villey-le-Sec campsite, but the weather was changeable due to the strong wind, so we had some very hot sun, but also heavy rain. Our Lillypad windblockers really proved their worth here and I’m very pleased to have invested on this very efficient piece of equipment.
I really enjoyed my cycle ride along the opposite side of the Moselle river and stopped several times to take pictures of scenery and campsite, with Adonis fishing and our Elddis motorhome parked so close to the shore. It was a very hot morning and I took well over an hour to soak up the peace and the sheer beauty of the place. But, unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse and the afternoon was windy and showery. We spent one more cloudy day on the site, with more fishing and crocheting and decided to move on the next day.
The drive to Kaysersber was pretty easy via Toul to avoid the steep climb back to the A31, as it was recommended on the campsite washing facilities block. We joined the motorway at J14 towards Nancy and the A33 at J18 southeast to Luneville and the N59 to St Die-des-Vosges and finally the slightly windy and very interesting D415 towards Colmar, with some staggering views and steep climbs to Le Bonhomme at 949 metres high! Well worth the time.
We arrived at Kaysersberg for 12.30 pm, paid our €7 fee for the motorhome aire and went for a stroll in the town, which reminded me strongly of the German towns of Bacharach and Wangen: it really felt more German than French! We took lots of pictures of this fairy-tale place with chocolate-box pretty houses and decided this was a fitting place to celebrate our wedding anniversary (if a week late!) in the evening.
So after lunch and rest in motorhome, we ventured again to taste the local delicacies of this delightful Alsace region, including the local
Kaysersberg beer, a visit to a cave to purchase some Gewurztraminer (my favourite wine) and a delicious 3-course meal at the Vieille
Forge Restaurant, with superb service and very cosy and romantic atmosphere. I had the Tarte d’oignons douce for starters, the 7-hour beef and the lemon sorbet with Gewurztraminer sauce and Adon had a beetroot salad, duck steak and Crème Brulee: a wonderful meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the perfect way to end a beautiful day.
I must also mention the small celebration organised by the town hall to welcome the cyclists from Belgium, which was a pleasant surprise outside the Hotel de Ville and Tourist Information Office at Place de la Mairie. They had erected a marquee under which they were offering various local wines, pretzels, local cakes and fruit all for free: a lovely touch!
We also got a leaflet with information about the town, which dates back to 1227, when Henri VII, son of Frederic II of Hohenstaufen, bought the Kaysersberg castle and it became an imperial town in 1293 thanks to King Adolphe of Nassau. It later flourished as a trade and craft centre, exporting its wines across the Rhine.
It’s the eve of Bastille day, so a firework display has been organised for tonight from the grounds of the castle, which we also visited before our meal.
It feels now like summer has really begun!