If you climb up the steep hillside behind the French town of Ribeauvillé, you pass through first vineyards and then forests, and eventually you reach the ruined and quite magnificent Château de Saint-Ulrich. You continue to climb through the dark and brooding ruins and eventually you go up some old stone stairs and out into daylight once again. And you then have one of the finest views in Alsace, a view well worth all the climbing and scurrying. This picture was taken a couple of months ago when the weather was still cuttingly cold. But it was well worth it and that view is going to stay with me a long time.