“This unique annual event, translated as “Balls of Fire,” draws adrenaline junkies who throw flaming rags at each other. It is believed this tradition began when the volcano El Paypon erupted in the 1600s, sending villagers fleeing from the disaster.”
An adventure tour specialist asked me to write a piece for their quarterly newsletter about unique festivals and events in locations around the world.
“It’s difficult not to be spellbound by the beauty of the Mosel River. Each bend introduces new charms: pastoral panoramas of quaint villages, and verdant, rolling hills. Gaze upward as you drift along this serpentine sibling of the Rhine, and you’re likely tospot the region’s famous steep vineyards that produce some of the the world’s best wines. Oenophiles from around the globe travelhere to sample the superb vintages, most notably from the Riesling grapes that make up more than 50 percent of the plantings.”