I wondered about this on-line connection. In the same way tourist hotspots are beginning to install five foot high sculpted letters next to a heart - "I LOVE WHEREVER" in order to promote themselves in selfies, perhaps the next stage is to give the actual buildings a makeover so they appear 'ready photoshopped' and startlingly photogenic. It is all a bit dis-spiriting really.
Nevertheless, Turckheim remains an interesting town, almost a suburb of Colmar, which means it has a clutch of gaunt abandoned factories in the outskirts. The 'Cave' too is massive and industrial looking. For all the cutesy houses the place produces excellent wine on an industrial scale for the world market. That gives the town a life and vibrancy that more than compensates for the odd mass tourism blooper.
The campsite reception had a table full of brochures advertising local attractions. One listed a local walk - 2hrs through the hillside vineyards that overlook the town. We debated whether to unload the bikes and pedal to a nearby village or take the walk. I am pleased we chose the latter. The weather cleared, became almost too hot, slowing us down enough to appreciate the views across the terraces towards the Vosges to the north and southwards beyond Colmar, across the broad plain of the Rhine valley towards the misty outline of the Black Forest.
The footpath returned us to the opposite end of Turckheim to where the campsite is situated. The area is just as ancient, particularly the Rue de Vignerons, which as the name suggests, is full of old half timbered wine grower and merchants houses and storage barns. This end of town was much less frequented by tourists. Nevertheless the houses were still daubed in day-glo - which puts the kibosh somewhat on my previous theory about it being a tourism related trend. Perhaps its simply a cultural change, a matter of fashion. Maybe garish is the new pastel.
|Day-glo houses are not the only kitch feature around here - these are some very odd tableaux on the balconies too...|
This place has been a great stop-over. Originally we planned to stay at the free aire at nearby Kayserberg, another of the areas famed medieval wine villages. It too is beautiful, but we needed a two day stopover to clean the van and do some laundry. Camping Medieval has great facilities and one of the best service points I have seen. It is inexpensive - 15 euros - in a great position, I am sure we will use it again.
We did leave the place a small gratuity. Gill's portable herb garden proved a minor Instagram hit over the past few weeks. Sadly the mint plant bought at Morrison's before we left is looking a bit straggly. What it needs is some ptoper soil and a bit more natural sunshine - so we planted in the hedge at the side of the pitch, where hopefully it will thrive and be well used by others.
|The on-board portable herb box|
|Now minus a mint plant donated to Camping Medieval, pitch 115|