Un jour à Mulhouse
A Day in Mulhouse
my comparison of Alsace and Southeast Alaska, you'll see that the Alsatian equivalent of my town of Ketchikan is the city of Mulhouse [mull-ooze]: they're both the second biggest city in their region, and they're also both known for industry - Mulhouse for its factories of the 19th century, Ketchikan for the processing of wood and seafood. Thus, it was obvious that I would want to visit "my town" in Alsace, and I went to Mulhouse this morning by train.
My impression of the Alsatian landscape - seen from the train - was one of simplicity: flatness, fields of grain, similar buildings and houses. Of course, I know very well that to the west there are the Vosges and a plateau before that, but it was just that I didn't perceive any changes between the countryside of the Nordgau and that of the Sundgau (the ancient division of Alsace, north and south). Other people would maybe say the same thing for the northern and southern parts of Southeast Alaska, though, so it's probably a question of perception that comes from experience.
|Mulhouse (bottom center) |
among the Swiss cantons