France, October 25-28, 2015

First thing Sunday morning I’m on the train to Saverne, France, just outside of Strasbourg. My friend Jacqueline picks me up, we have lunch and then we head for the Musée Lalique in Wingen sur Moder. We had tried to go there during my visit in January, only to find it closed for the month.

 

Musée Lalique in Wingen sur Moder, France

Musée Lalique in Wingen sur Moder, France

Lalique perfume bottles

Lalique perfume bottles

Then it’s off to the Centre international d’Art Verrier (CiAV) in Meisenthal, also closed when we went in January. Here we watch artisans blow glass. The specialty here is a special ornament each year for Christmas. After a short visit to the gift shop, we’re off to Seichamps, outside of Nancy, and home.

Monday is a rest day, preparation for Tuesday and a visit to Vittel and Jacqueline’s daughter’s potential in-laws. Vittel is a beautiful little spa town in the Vosges and the source of the mineral water of the same name.

Doorway to a small building in Vittel park

Doorway to a small building in the park at Vittel

Stained glass window in Vittel spa

Huge stained glass window in the mineral water source of the Vittel spa

 

for repairs"

Sign at the mineral water source, “Closed for repairs”

Huge stained glass window in closed area at Vittel spa

Huge stained glass window in closed area at Vittel spa

Vittel spa hotel

Vittel spa hotel

After a delicious lunch, we set off for La Rochère, a glass production facility dating from 1475. We watch glass blowing/molding and check out the large store.

I was fascinated by this lamp in the store.

I was fascinated by this lamp in the store.

On the way back to Vittel, we find another museum of old glass and old jobs in the forest, Nusée d’Hennezel-Clairey (http://www.monthureux.fr/musee%20hennezel.htm). The curator lets us look and give us lots of history, even though we arrive right at closing time.

Then it’s back to Vittel and on to Seichamps. The Mercedes of Jacqueline’s future son-in-law, complete with GPS, gets us home easily, even in the dark.

The next morning, I’m on the train to Wädenswil, via Zurich, and my friend Kaisu, from the first days of the trip.

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