380 Hours in Folgensbourg

That’s two weeks in France, in case you’re about to key into everyone’s fave search engine. What brought us to Folgensbourg (population: 891) besides the flight from Edinburgh to Geneva and the train ride to Basel (which is about ten minutes’ drive from our hamlet-sized destination)?

We went to house- and pet- sit for a very nice family (who went to Provence for their summer holiday), to relax in the countryside, and to plan for the next several weeks, including Swiss National Day, apparently – you can see the Basel fireworks from where we stayed. Folgensbourg is in the Alsace region, which means the places have a lot of German names and the town have a lot of half-timbered houses. Like this one.

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More of those later. Here’s the view from the backyard.

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Here’s the view on Swiss National Day (that’s August 1, like you didn’t know).

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And did we ever relax, while at the same time caring for one very smart black cat, three hilarious guinea pigs, and a tankful of easy-going (and still floating!) wee fish in the daughter’s room. Watering the plants, indoors and out, was part of the program, too.

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More soon about our day trips away from the house (we had use of the family’s car), including a couple of walks in the Haut-Rhin department of France. Pronounce it “oh rahn” but don’t really say the N, like you do at the end of a movie, I mean film.

Fin.

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