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Alsace part 1

Back into a much warmer climate, 16 degrees today, compared to minus 19 a few days back!
Let me show you a bit of my roots. Two of the most traditional symbols for Alsace are the stork and the pretzel (known here as bretzel). The storks bring the babies, as everybody knows (Yes!), and the babies eat the pretzels and drink one of the seven AOC white wines produced in the area. Makes for strong people.
These paintings were on both sides of a bakery in Obernai. Thanks, Picasa, for the crop and the collage!
Message for Leif and Steffe: as Alsace was invaded by Swedes during the Hundred Years War, I might actually have some traces of Sweden in my DNA. By the way, navet is the french name for both turnips and… swedes. Funny, no???

17 responses

  1. Neat connection 😉 Though I never brought prezels and storks together!

    I wish you a travelicious 2010!


    December 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm

  2. I was born in Scotland and they made ME drink milk… I always knew it was better elsewhere and this proves it!


    December 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm

  3. Pretzel and storks: I do not know what to choose
    Beautiful image and very interesting post: thanks, and a happy new year!


    December 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

  4. Pretzels and wine. Most unusual baby food! 😉


    December 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm

  5. Did I reply to your comment on WhitbyDailyPhoto? If not, thanks for calling, and thanks for that header! Now to look more closely at Alsace.


    December 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

  6. The storks look very happy – didn't know about the pretzels. Great photo of very interesting paintings.
    (The Purse if fuller than mine too)
    Melbourne Daily Photo


    December 30, 2009 at 4:20 am

  7. Those storks look rather amorous to me! Well, they would, wouldn't they!


    December 30, 2009 at 1:58 am

  8. that was lovely!
    your header is a classic!


    December 30, 2009 at 1:15 am

  9. ach…Brezel…and still warm…

    Thank you very much for that memory. Hope you made the 'transition' between the temperatures well. Please have a wonderful Wednesday.


    December 30, 2009 at 1:03 am

  10. Well, I have learned something new and interesting. Thanks!:-)
    Nice art !


    December 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  11. Now, that's an interesting story. By the way, LOVE the header.


    December 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm

  12. How many things one learns on blogs: bad Swedes called turnip by French and pretzel-eating storks!
    You have a gift for turning a serious story in a funny one. Very nice post (and storks).


    December 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  13. Hi Rob and Mandy, thanks for the visit and for the Welcome to CDP, makes me more inspired. Anyway, this is a cool photo, great explanation too. Will be coming over again soon. You have a great previous photos too. Have a good year 2010!


    December 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

  14. Hi Rob, boas festas to you too! If you try that recipe, let me know what you think, ok?
    By the way, i love the first picture of your blog, gorgeous, amazing vitral, i love vitrals! where is it located?


    December 29, 2009 at 3:25 pm

  15. Interesting information and great looking storks! They seem very pleased with themselves.


    December 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  16. Super tone, color, and whimsy in this. Can't wait to see more.


    December 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm

  17. Oui, c'est drole! If you like lingonberries, then you have some Swede in you! Lovely stork paintings! Welcome home to you and Mandy! We're both heading towards our 250th posting! Keep bloggin'


    December 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm