Like I have said before, I'm not from here, but I was destined to come here.
Sure, anyone could say that, but I have proof!
I've studied French since the 3rd grade (9 years old). And yes, it's my favorite foreign language (and yes I still think I need to work on it, although my friends say it's fine).
That makes me a Francophile at least.
But I also fell in love with the German language at college.
At university I studied and received diplomas in Fine Arts (and of course Art and Architecture History) as well as French (and French culture, history and literature). And if that's not enough, German (and German culture, history and literature).
The perfect course of study for someone who is planning to move to Alsace, become a tour guide and write books about Alsace.
Of course I didn't know it at the time.
And then this French guy showed up in the US and swept me off my feet and took me back to France (and you know I was "kicking and screaming" the whole way ;)
Where did he live? Where did he take me?
I was destined to come here and be your guide to the beautiful region of Alsace and I didn't even know it...
First off, I'm not Alsatian...
But I've lived with and around them, work with them, go out to dinner with them, celebrate holidays with them and everything in between.
My French friends tell me I'm bilingual in French (although I never feel like it's as good as it could be). I practically never use High German (normal German language), so I'm a bit out of practice, although I still love the language!
I think the Alsatian language (and other similar dialects like in Switzerland) are the most interesting and adorable sounding languages.
Of course, languages are always a work in progress.
Suzele (pronounced /Sooz ahlay/ ) is an Alsatian nickname similar to Suzie in English.
It's also the name of a well known character in Alsatian literature which I found about while talking to one of my favorite wine makers in Alsace.
He got a kick out of it. I don't think he had ever seen an American that spoke Alsatian.
I go by Suzele here on the website but you can call me either Suzele or Suzanne.
Anything BUT Suzie (you know, childhood hangups)
I guess you could just call me a big "fan" of Alsace.
It's a different way of life here compared with North America...and it's wonderful!
Full of amazing flavors, beautiful sites, and so relaxing...
I'll give you a few examples...there is nothing more amazing (to me at least) than being surrounded by history on a daily basis...
I get to walk past hundreds of years of history every day!
And there's a story attached to everything...so fascinating...
As for wine, the thought of buying a wine that I haven't tasted first...well...it just bothers me because I am so used to buying wine directly from the wine maker.
And I can buy a very high quality
Alsace wine for the same price that most of you in the US would pay for a
mediocre wine depending on where you are...
I'm spoiled for choice here...so many wine options to choose from!
Every time I go out, I always find something new and interesting that I'm dying to explore...
And don't even get me started on the rolling hills of vineyards and walking paths and tiny medieval streets!
Alsace is just flat out gorgeous and I love almost every moment of it...
Hey I have to be honest...there are a few minutes every day that I could do without...but just a few ; )
What could I say about the food that I haven't already said...
Maybe you've noticed already that there are a lot of pages on this site dedicated to food in Alsace.
Alsace has some amazing food and restaurants.
This region has been a bit of an unknown region in France for those of you outside of Europe.
But I'm hoping that will change...
And some of you will consider venturing outside of Paris and see the real France...and especially the love of my life....
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