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Sep 13, 2018 - The Pearls of Alsace

Sept 13: today was a day for a side trip, a tour with 5 others and a guide to several villages in Alsace as well as a castle. All were located along what they call the Route de Vins, a trail of over 100 small wineries and postcard-perfect villages chocked full of tourists from around the world. Our guide, Julia (pronounced “Zhoolia”) was really knowledgeable (reminded me of niece Molly) and very funny. Four of the others were American and one was Australian, so Julia did the whole tour in English, which was nice. I am tired of using...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Sunday-off to pique-nique in Chateaeu du Haut-Koenlgsboourg

More rain predicted but the sun came out so why not a picnic? Up a steep winding road on top of a hill of course we found a well restored castle. We saw what it looked like and what has been done over 100 years ago to get it to its current state. Yes it is not 'original' but remember it is impressive anything is still here after all the pillaging and looting by both locals and invaders. Our guide book gave it one star and one hour. We at least doubled if not tripled that. It had a great feel about it. We saw lots of furniture in the rooms...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Day 8 Cycle Tour Mulhouse to Colmar

Overview A long day of riding. Stopped for morning tea at a bar in Ensisheim which is a cute town and famous for a meteorite that fell there in the 1400s. The bar was like an Australian TAB with plenty of people there early on a Sat morning. As the weather was stormy all around we raced along the little farm roads when the wind was behind. And pushed into it when it was in front. Did a circuit through vineyards with short steep climbs in the terraces vineyards. As the rain finally caught us we headed for a train station. Just missed the...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Saturday visit to Colmar

Saturday 11th June Colmar Another town where the medieval history has been maintained in the buildings. It is so picturesque with all the flowers too. Of course it is a big tourist attraction and sometimes we battled the crowds. It was bad start when the clearly signposted tourist bureau eluded us. An indicator of things to come. The map they gave us showed where 'the house of heads' was. Clearly the map was poorly done. Searched and searched. Finally found it but were then forewarned the dot representing any of the 30 or so features of...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Colmar ... la Petite Venise

Lundi le 23 juillet soit le 28e jour du voyage, nous quittons Mulhouse vers Colmar, toujours en Alsace, qui est à 10 minutes de train. Il fait beau mais frais en ce début d’avant-midi. Colmar est la petite Venise au fil de l’eau, c’est de cette façon qu’elle est reconnue. Quartier pittoresque au cœur de la vielle ville, La Petite Venise doit sa splendeur à une paisible rivière : La Lauch. Il ne fallait pas manquer le Monument Bartholdi ni voir le musée en son nom. Mais qui est Bartholdi ? Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, dit Auguste Bartholdi,...

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Jul 17, 2012 - The Alsace, France

We spent the day in the beautiful Alsace Region of France today. We rode a motorcoach for an hour to get to our first stop – Colmar, France. (It was the home of Bartoldi, the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty.) As the Alsace has been in and out of German hands over the centuries, this charming city has a lot of German architectural features – like half-timbered houses. An hour walking tour of the old city was enjoyable. Our brief stop in the Unterlinden Museum was to see and learn about its beautiful religious paintings. There are small...

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Jul 14, 2012 - A Taste of Alsace

July 14th Our route to Colmar on Tuesday, July 10 consisted of train exchanges in Dijon and Mulhouse before reaching our destination. Trains in France are fast, efficient and usually on time. They take a lot of the stress out of travel, especially if you are able to book your tickets on line, as Larry so wisely did. Colmar is situated between the Rhine and the Vosges Mountains which over the ages have see-sawed back and forth between the French and the Germans. The town reflects the best features of both cultures but it remains proudly...

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Jun 5, 2012 - Colmar

Monday came with somewhat clearing skies and I left the farm behind to go to Freiburg. I stopped at a post office and picked up a couple of boxes to mail home travel and some purchases. It is too easy when you have a car just to put things in the trunk and not realize that they have accumulated. I plan to mail things from Baden Baden before I turn in the car. It was a short 30 minute drive into Freiburg and I found the parking garage and my way to the Cathedral square, with some directions from an English speaker. I took along my umbrella...

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Sep 22, 2011 - France - or Germany?

First champagne, now riesling. Our first two days in France were spent in around the city of Reims, in the champagne region of France, about 150 miles east of Paris. This was the Allied headquarters in Europe at the end of WWII, and where the surrender of Germany was signed. In fact, the room where the surrender occurred has been preserved as a small museum, including the battle maps hanging on the walls with the troop and equipment locations as they were that day, and with the table and chairs in place, with plaques showing the names of...

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Sep 17, 2011 - last full day in france

Train back to Colmar today, and then bus to Riquewihr. Small cute town in wine country. It's one quaint town after another, hard to believe its all real. If I had a euro for every time mom or aunt carol said "charming" or "delightful". Mom said this trip is exceeding all her expectations and she might not need to travel again after this because she is fulfilled. Whatthe? Anyways, its been good. Lone days on our feet but leaving no stone unturned. I am impressed at the stamina of these "seniors", ha. Went to a midevil fest tonight in...

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Germany or bust!

Sep 16, 2011 - side trips

Train to Colmar, then bus to Eguisheim. Cute little towns, like something out of a fairy tale, you can't believe its real! Mom is loving it. We are in wine country so I am happy to sample everything. This area known for white wines, esp reisling. As predicted, most meals here consists of bread, cheese, and meat...little veggies. So much for my veggie-heavy diet. Lots and lots of walking, my back is not happy, oh well. Otherwise all is well.

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Germany or bust!

May 16, 2011 - Day two of Alsace bike ride - Colmar

Day 2 was to Colmar via Ebersmunster which was about 70km. Add a few more km's for when we got lost. The day started with a flat tire and didn't get much better. Boy this was hard. Didn't think I was going to make it. We stopped at beautiful Baroque church in Ebersmunster, it would have been one of the most beautiful I've seen. It wasn't big or elaborate on the outside but inside it was gorgeous. After that all others wouldn't come up to par. We struggled into Colmar that night and just wanted to sit in the bath. It became a race to see who...

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