Palatine (Pfalz) in Germany has an almost Mediterranean climate, as it is protected from the rainy west winds by the Pfälzerwald or Palatine forest. Wine has grown here since Roman times as well as sweet chestnut and almond trees. The almond trees are in blossom end of March/beginning of April. The Palatine celebrates that with their Mandelwochen (almond weeks).
End of March 2017, we visited Bad Bergzabern in South Palatine. We find the almond trees in full blossom – beautifully pink.
The plum trees are all white.
But now, end of March, the vines only show small light green leaves.
We stroll through the vineyards…
… and the forests above them. The leaves have not come out yet and the crowns of the trees point to the blue sky.
The sun plays with the shadows of the trees.
We climb the hill to the chapel St. Annaberg…
… and enjoy the view from here into the Rhine valley.
We walk back down again… a few shy clouds are above the trees.
With humor this snail leads us down to a winegrowers’ village called Burrweiler.
Spring can be felt in the winegrowers’ villages as well.
Many houses are half-timbered. This historical building stands in Geisweiler.
Even dogs are welcoming guests and visitors in the winegrowers’ villages. This friendly dog can be found at Pleisweiler.
But beware of this fighting cat – it watches a house in Burrweiler.
Winegrowers on the way offer to taste (and buy) their wines. One of them has this motto.
Well, I think happiness is both a way and a destination of life. Or even some ways of life with some destinations. We felt perfectly happy enjoying spring in the Palatine for two days – it is a great destination. We spent one night in Bad Bergzabern, walked in the hills behind Bergzabern, and the next day we hiked around Geisweiler and Burrweiler to enjoy the view from the chapel St. Anna located above these villages.
On the first day we had a coffee stop in Wissembourg in the Alsace. I love the church of Saints-Pierre-et-Paul with the glass pane of Christ from the 11th century (the original being in Strassbourg).
When driving home on our second day in the evening, we had dinner in Bergheim not far from Riquewihr. Spring can be felt here as well, now in the evening light.
Bergheim is a good place to round off two beautiful days looking for spring impressions.
Now we dream of the “way” to our next “destination” that will make us happy again – France with the Loire valley and Northern Spain.