Weinberg in Flammen – II

Just  a picture post today – the hills above Britzingen and the Weinberg in Flammen festival from Saturday night.

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You could see the sign on the hills from miles away.

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Burning logs lit the trail to the top of the hill.

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Many people carried torches to light their way.

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At first I wondered what these still- like containers were for. Later I realized they were full of gluhwein.

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Some people saved their torches for the trip back down the hill. 

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There was a beautiful view of Britzingen and the valley, stretching over the Rhine and into France.

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What would a German festival be without someplace to consume alcohol? No beer at this festival though – Britzingen produces some of the best wines in Germany. It got a little muddy underfoot – it had rained earlier.

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There was considerable demand for gluhwein. I don’t know what the appeal is. Just the thought of warm wine turns my stomach.

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It wouldn’t be Germany without sausages.

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The lights on the trail started out as logs, stumps really. They were cut almost into quarters, and something place inside (tar maybe) to help it burn. I think over the course of the evening each burning log had to be replaced twice. 

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Lighting the trail down the hill.

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