Now what would a trip to France be with out visiting at least one castle. There is quite a bit of them around Alsace region in France. On the way to the charming village of Ribeauville, almost every hill had a castle or a ruin of one. It was a hot day, and we were feeling a bit lazy, so we picked a castle that you could drive up to. Most of the others require a nice 2h hike. Thus we ended up at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. It's a beautiful castle dating back to around 1147. For more history and better images of the castle I would refer you to this link on my very good fiend's site Hooked On Europe. The castle and views of surrounding areas were quite spectacular.
This was a perfect time to try out the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens. I know it has a tendency of distorting the view, and in truth I don't mind that at all. I really like the view with all the distortion, that's why I never correct it. Because it's a very wide lens, I can set the aperture to f8, set the manual focus on infinity, and pretty much never have to worry about things being out of focus. Easy lens, and very very good quality. It's small and light, perfect addition to the Fuji system. In my view, castles, churches, and pretty much any architecture lends itself very well for that lens.
After the castle, it was time to grab something to eat, at a local eatery where snails were on the menu. Overall I'm not overly impressed with snails, or escargots as more sophisticated readers might call them, but as they say...when in France... :) I have one more post from France which will be coming tomorrow... yes more street photography. For now I leave you with a few images from the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg... enjoy!