Just another peaceful day in Alsace-Lorraine

It’s early April in Alsace-Lorraine.  Magnolias are flush with blooms, fruit trees in bud, yellow dandelions and tiny white daisies blanket meadows.  The vines on the hills are still naked, exposing their gnarled canes, months away from bearing grapes.  Some fields lay fallow while the soil of others is plowed, heaped in long rows and prepared …

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