The family trip to France and Germany was to discover the land that my ancestors (on my father's side) lived. They left Alsace-Lorraine in the mid-1800s to start a new life in America.
Alsace-Lorraine is a beautiful place with rolling hills, wood-framed buildings in little villages, and vineyards. Alsace-Lorraine is also a noted wine region. After visiting Strasbourg with its picturesque square and cathedral, we toured a few villages south and in the heart of the wine country. We tasted and bought some champagne, and visited a castle.