Go East to Alsace

In the far east of France separated from Germany by the Rhine River is Alsace, a region unique in its own way. Although it is thoroughly French, it bears outward signs of its proximity to Germany, as well as many historical ties. Alsace-Lorraine has been French since the mid-17th century. However, in 1871 it became German in the course of the Franco-Prussian War. In 1918 became French again. 1940 Hitler took it back, but in 1945 it was again restored…

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Grenoble…Nestled in Mountains

Surrounded by the French Alps and squeezed between 2 rivers, the Drac and the Isère, this large city of 160,000 or so people is only a three-hour train ride from Paris. It sits close to the Swiss border and is considered the capital of the French Alps. Worth a look and a visit for many reasons. One, it’s beautiful there, with mountain views from many vantage points in the city. It’s energetic. It’s lively. It’s on the move. The downtown…

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