Of Alsatians and Lorraineans

LOL. No, we are not Alsatians. Yeah it has been a “dogged” life but this sure isn’t the what the post is about. First, a little geography (which you can find out more out here in our essay). Nestled between France and Germany with the Rhine mostly as the border, you will read from our essay that this was a contested region.

Fortunately no more.

Today it is a place that teems with tourists coming through on the way between both countries. With pleasant country roads that seem to be paved with vineyards forever into the horizon, you can imagine us singing as we drove along! Yes we did sing…though you might not want to listen to it…

Have you heard of Quiche Lorraine? Bet you have! While true that quiche has been around for long and available elsewhere earlier, it is this variant named after the region that became really popular. And that’s because it is savoury instead of sweet, turning it from a dessert with custard filling to one with cheese and Lardon! So did we have some? Why oui! In the city of Metz.

And because this region is a little melange of French and German cultures and traditions, you will visit towns with German sounding names, eat “choucroute” instead of sauerkraut, though still with sausages. Or “tarte flambee” that seems to be glorified pizzas…hmmm. See beautiful village houses adorned in a spectacle of colours that can only be found in the rural parts of France.

Read about our little road trips to Alsace and Lorraine!

So this ends our French series.

Next up, Thailand! Home to our timeshare resort (on Phuket), it is the land of smiles. And indeed it is so. Look out for it!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

13 thoughts on “Of Alsatians and Lorraineans”

  1. Alsace has a very special place in my heart – lived in Colmar for a couple of years … And even got married there 😉 Beautifully quaint little villages and, of course, la route des vins!

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  2. I enjoy tasting different food according to the country I visit. It seems that you like it also. I like quiche. So easy to do ! Even in France food can be different in the north or the south… Same for us in Canada . I still like to do some recipes from my mom and I hope my kids will continue to do it for their own family. Have a great WE !! I will be happy to read about Thailand…

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    1. We cannot qualify as connoisseurs, but we sure take pictures a plenty of the places and things we ate. We are blessed that we have a melange in our little red dot. East and West, North and South all blend together or stay relatively distinct to afford a variety that can take a life time to enjoy!

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      1. 🙂 what is intersting is to be able to eat different kind of food – and in my city we can do it. Eat Indian, Italian , Greek, Malaysien, Japanse, Chinese,French… and of course in my family we like Mexican food!

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  3. I ate quiche for dinner today, Suan. Maybe I was preparing for your blog. 🙂 Glad to hear that the area is no longer in contention, at least as long as the French and Germans don’t revert to nationalism… Lovely photo of the two of you. I’ve been enjoying your journey! Looking forward to Thailand. –Curt

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    1. Oh we love quiche too. So this is a incredible coincidence! Well, we won’t really know how folks living in Alsace and Lorraine perceive themselves but they all certainly spoke French!

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