The Alsace Trip I (Heritage Article)
This was a personal challenge for the Scout leaders, and in some ways an extended family holiday. The majority of the party who went on the trip had been known to Fiona and Ewan since they were at First School and it had always been said that we would do an international trip with them. Alsace was an area that had been visited privately in the past and Ewan and Fiona knew that it was safe, full of interesting places to visit and had a cuisine that would interest most of the Explorers.
The base for the week long trip was a Gite in an old fire station in the ancient town of La Petite Pierre, west of Strasbourg. The gite was actually inside the walls of the old town, sat upon a rock that formed an ancient citadel.
Visits were made to: The French National motor Museum at Mulhouse, Haute Konigsburg, a distillery, we climbed the Donon Pass to the pre-Roman remains and the mock Roman temple, we visited le Struthof Concentration Camp, played in the snow on the Champs de Feu, took a trip to Riquewhir, Ribeauville, Colmar and Strasburg, plus crossing into Germany at Brucke -am-Rhin as well as visiting many smaller attractions and sample a wide range of Alsace food including the incredible Tarte Flambe and crepes of any shape size or form.
Walking through the forest to the falls at Neiderecke was quite spectacular, but strenuous for some of the less fit amongst the group.
There was so much to do and so little time, most would go back for more.
On the way home we visited Bastogne and La Madrasson memorial to the Battle of the Bulge. Which rounded off a trip that started with a visit to Verdun, and its WW1 memorials.