I have been visiting Alsace and the Vosges very regularly for over two decades, taking photographs, buying wine, eating super food, enjoying the engaging beauty of this part of France and trying to absorb its complex World War history. I love it. I tramp round the battlefields of the Vosges with my camera and I have amassed a little collection of historic material including some of the millions of postcards which were posted by captivated tourists and reluctant soldiers. I have become increasingly interested in evidence of the area as a frontier before the First World War.
As the centenary of the Great War scrolls through, I believe it is relevant to be aware of some of the context through which European nations picked their way towards war. I intend to dip into scenes of life in Alsace and the Vosges during the period before the Great War, using my own collection of postcards, maps and documents and my own photographs. I hope you enjoy them.
As a development of the blog, I have decided to include some posts to commemorate events one hundred years previously. Please be aware that this is not a Great War blog and the arrangements of the French and German armies are outside my intended scope. I am sorry to have to emphasise this, but well-meaning people keep advising me that I have omitted to mention the Alsacien soldiers.
If you would like to talk to me about this blog, I can be contacted on gwyneth_roberts [at] gmx.co.uk
The header picture was taken from ferme auberge Kahlen-Wasen one summer evening, looking across to the Rhine plain and Kaiser Wilhelm’s castle Haut-Koenigsbourg (Hohkönigsburg) near St-Hippolyte.