Pandas Get Their Groove On

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Picturesque Eguisheim [Explored] by Foto Martien

Eguisheim (German: Egisheim) is proud of its picturesque and concentric narrow streets lined with colorful half-timbered houses and rich floral decoration. When looking at a photo of Eguisheim taken from above, it is easy to be amazed by the shape of this small medieval city, which was built in three concentric circles around his castle. Eguisheim lies in the Haut-Rhin département of Alsace (France) a few kilometers south of Colmar. The village centre is very picturesque and receives many tourists, as the Alsace "Wine Route" passes the village. This city surrounded by vineyards plunges the visitor into the middle of the Renaissance.
The commune is largely German-speaking. Eguisheim was the birthplace of Pope Leo IX on June 21, 1002.

Eguisheim (Duits: Egisheim) is een klein schilderachtig stadje in het Franse departement Haut-Rhin in de regio Elzas. De grotendeels Duitstalige gemeente, enkele kilometers ten zuiden van Colmar, heeft een oppervlak van 14,2 km² en het aantal inwoners is circa 1550. Eguisheim ligt aan de wijnroute ( "Route des Vins Alsace") midden in een van de mooiste druivengaardgebieden van de Elzas.
In het stadje met haar middeleeuwse sfeer staan veel oude en kleurrijke vakwerkhuizen, die in drie ringvormige smalle straatjes rondom het dorpsplein met burcht en kapel zijn aangelegd. Het is een van de mooiste stadjes in de Elzas. Paus Leo IX werd hier als Bruno, graaf van Egisheim en Dagsburg, in 1002 geboren.

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P122412PS-0124 by The White House

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2012.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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