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  • Day1028

    Au Domaine du Wolfloch, Colmar

    April 20 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We are on the outskirts of Colmar, a beautiful Alsation town that celebrates easter in style! Slowing down our travels has given us more time for research and planning. By looking ahead to where we might like to be and when, we managed to book ourselves into a little restaurant aire for the easter weekend and felt very glad we'd done so, because the municipal facility was overfull and turning vanners away. Au Domaine du Wolfloch is another France Passion site, run by the welcoming Véronique and Philippe Laval. France Passion is a network of small, local food businesses, mainly farms and vinyards, who host motorhomes on site. Technically you are supposed to pay a €30 annual membership fee and only stay 24hours, but neither the Lavals nor the Leclère-Massard champagne house we stopped at for Vicky's birthday enforced these rules.

    We parked in the restaurant's gravel yard with 6 other vans on Saturday afternoon. It had some homely touches of planters and white metal lanterns and there was fresh water, but no other facilities, however our stay was included in the price of a meal so that was ok. It was a hot day and everyone's doors were open, with many sitting out on camp chairs. Will said hello to Philippe, our host and later Véronique came to the van to check Vicky's dietary requirements (no, fish is not vegetarian).

    The nearest waterway was a short cycle ride so Will took the tandem and spent the afternoon fishing. He caught several, including a pike!

    Just before 8pm, Philippe let us know they were ready for us. We joined a group of 4 French and a family of 3 Italian motorhome guests. The restaurant felt like an extension of a family dining room, with a carved wood sideboard topped with ceramic casserole dishes. Once settled, Philippe poured a small amount of Pinot Gris into our green stemmed wine glasses and held court, instructing us in a lighthearted and entertaining fashion as to how to taste the wine, swilling it one way, then the other, smelling with one nostril, then the other, holding a little in our mouths and inhaling, then swilling and savouring. We want to improve our French, so said that a translation wasn't necessary (English was his 4th language after Alsation, French and German). This did have the disadvantage that we weren't sure how much was tongue in cheek.

    Véronique soon came out and presented us with our meals. For Will, the regional speciality of Tarte Flambée (also known as Flammkuchen in Germany), similar to a pizza but with a topping of creme fraiche and thinly sliced onions and lardons. Half was in this traditional style and to the rest, she'd added gruyère cheese and mushrooms and accompanied it with a side of green leaves. For Vicky she had prepared a delicious and beautifully presented salad with asparagus spears, egg, sun dried tomato, radish sprouts and golden linseed, pairing it with a homemade mayonnaise and a cider vinegar dressing. We could see the love, thought and care she'd put in as she explained the ingredients, having made everything from scratch.

    The evening continued with stories and jokes from Philippe, who served us a further 3 wines, the local Munster cheese and French Toast laced with schnapps and a dollop of flavourful vanilla ice cream. He wasn't the most PC of storytellers, but he did like to involve those around him, at one point persuading Vicky to ride alongside him in his "2CV" (2 chairs pushed up VERY close together) making rather inappropriate advances as part of his story... However, his enthusiasm carried the night along and nearing 10:30pm we ended a fun evening with wooden puzzle games (one even had Will stumped)!

    We'd expected to pay at this point, but it didn't seem to be the done thing. We spent the following day (Easter Sunday) exploring the delights of Colmar, which you can read about in our next post. On Monday morning we rang the restaurant bell and paid Philippe for our meals and a full tank of water (€54) before thanking him and Véronique profusely and saying our goodbyes, leaving with fond memories of our stay. They put a lot of love and effort into what they do and this really shone through, making our time at Au Domaine du Wolfloch a very enjoyable one!
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  • Day1029

    Easter in Colmar, Alsace

    April 21 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    It's Easter Sunday and we are right where we want to be thanks to a bit of advance planning. Out of all the regions in France, the north eastern area of Alsace seemed to put the most effort into celebrating this festival, perhaps due to its mixed history of French and German occupation and proximity to the border. Of all the towns in Alsace, chocolate box pretty Colmar seemed the best choice with its dedicated Easter and Spring markets So here we are, staying in the yard of Au Domaine du Wolfloch, a local restaurant and France Passion site.

    Having looked forward to this for several weeks, it was with excitement and expectation that we followed a roadside cycle path the short distance to the centre of town, chaining our tandem to a stand near the covered market. Many stalls here were closed, but the local produce on sale at the delicatessens, bakers, fruit stalls and cafés was mouth watering! It wasn't too busy as we continued into the old town but it took quite some time due to the number of photos Vicky felt compelled to stop and take of the colourful half timbered buildings with their high sloping rooves and dormer windows. Most streets here were cobbled, narrow and pedestrianised. It seemed that every turn we took revealed a beautifully framed view of these old buildings, with a church spire often emerging from behind the brown roof tiles. So many shop windows and wooden shutters were bedecked with wooden twigs, vibrant ribbons and drapes, bunnies, hares, chicks, storks and of course eggs! We felt totally immersed in this fairytale scene.

    Many businesses were shut but enough opened their doors to the holiday hoards to keep us entertained. Will picked up some loose crystallised ginger and mango from a well presented weigh goods store before we reached Place de Dominicains, where in the shadow of a multihued sandstone church, the smaller of two Easter markets was well underway. We ogled the pretty painted eggs and sampled local foods, coming away with a jar of creamy blossom honey, some regional Munster cheese, made with raw milk and as a real treat for Vicky, a lamala; a cake shaped like a lamb and coated with icing sugar, something we've never seen anywhere else.

    A salad, smoothie and crepe café in the corner of the square advertised reasonable prices and had a vegetarian salad, so we sat at a terrace table for lunch, taking in the upbeat atmosphere. Our hunger satiated, we toured the town's many churches, their striking green tiled rooves reminiscent of lizard scales as they glinted in the sunlight.

    Next we discovered a cultured craft market within an airy hall, whose theme was all things eggy. Stalls displayed an eclectic selection of eggs that were 2D, 3D, hung, strung, put on a plinth or nestled in a basket. They were stone, ceramic, wooden, glass, ostrich, emu, goose, hen, duck and quail, painted with patterns and images, stained, carved, illuminated... We'd never seen so many different types and some were exquisite, especially the real shells carved into patterns with a dentist's drill, but decorative eggs in a van aren't a good idea, so although we gazed admiringly, we moved on.

    The Easter and Spring markets in Place de l’Ancienne Douane were flourishing in the afternoon sunshine. Colourful displays arranged by the stalls and the town abounded, sweeping us up into the festival mood. Vicky persuaded Will to buy her a cute little handmade chocolate stork; another thing we don't remember seeing anywhere else.

    Last on the list was a visit to the Little Venice district of Colmar. A compact section of canal, it was lined with a pretty rainbow of half timbered houses. Further along, a few small wild trees added a touch of green. Men in striped tops propelled small wooden punts laden with tourists, along the water, using low powered electric outboards in place of the traditional long pole. A little wooden jetty was brimming with people waiting for this service, so the punters wouldn't be getting a break any time soon, although we were ready for one, so cycled happily back to the van.

    With a welcome cuppa, we tucked into the dark chocolate hen and bell we'd previously bought from Lidl. In France the bells of Catholic churches fall silent between Good Friday and the morning of Easter Sunday to remember the death of Jesus. It is said that they sprout wings and fly to Rome to see the Pope, returning with chocolate eggs for the children, although in Alsace it is predominantly the job of the Easter Hare to deliver these, leaving them in mossy nests for little ones to discover on their hunt!

    We later discovered that in 2018 Colmar had been named as the best easter destination in France; we'd had an amazing time here and certainly wouldn't argue with this well prestigious title!
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  • Day5

    Colmar und schon wieder Neuseeland

    July 17 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Nach der zugegeben sehr kleinen gestrigen Wanderung musste sich Muttis noch lädierter Fuß erstmal erholen, weshalb wir beschlossen, uns Colmar anzuschauen. Eine schöne, wenn auch etwas überlaufene Stadt im Elsass, die wie Ribeauvillé von charmanten Läden und bunten Fachwerkhäusern geprägt ist. An den zahlreichen Patisserien und Süßwarenläden kamen wir nicht vorbei und Rucksack wie Magen füllten sich allmählich. Zwischen den Geschäften lächelte mich dann auch der mir schon bekannte Fanshop der "All Blacks" an - langsam wird's gruselig.
    Eine Bootsfahrt durch das "Klein Venedig" ließen wir uns natürlich auch nicht entgehen. Auf dem Rückweg zum Auto fiel mir ein kleiner Falke auf, der sich an Aas zu schaffen machte. Er schien noch nicht fliegen zu können, da er sich von Menschen in die Ecke treiben ließ, ohne zu fliehen. Hoffentlich überlebt er und wird nicht auch Opfer eines größeren Raubtieres.
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  • Day231

    Colmar, France

    December 30, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    On our drive back to Luxembourg we stopped in the French town that inspired Beauty and the Beast. It's a breathtaking old town on a river surrounded by colorful houses. We enjoyed walking the cobbled streets still adorned with Christmas cheer and visiting a beautiful marketplace where we sampled toasted baguette sandwiches and chocolate eclairs; how French are we?! Next stop Luxembourg for New Years!Read more

  • Day448

    Day 449: North to Colmar

    May 9, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Left Lyon after breakfast and drove northwards for about 4 hours. Our stop today was the final part of the Fortifications of Vauban listing we were going to see - an octagonal fortress town just near the German border. This area is Alsace, a province that's been handed back and forth between France and Germany 5 times in the last 150 years.

    The town was interesting though very quiet, and we spent about an hour or so walking along the 18th century walls that still surround the town. It was the last fortress built by Vauban so essentially his most idealised vision.

    From here we drove via the supermarket to the town of Colmar and our B&B for the next few days. It's a little granny flat type place on a battleaxe block; very home-made feel to it but quite nice at the same time.

    Quite hot so debated jumping in their pool but eventually settled for working instead - joy!
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  • Day450

    Day 451: Shandos's Birthday

    May 11, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Shandos's birthday today! I gave her a card and cooked her breakfast in bed, scrambled eggs and toast. Not especially salubrious but when you're in each other's company 24/7 and in a different place every few days there's not a lot else you can do!

    For her birthday she wanted to explore the town of Colmar, so that's what we did! It's a pretty little town with lots of narrow streets, winding canals and colourful half-timbered houses. Found a nice little restaurant and had a three-course lunch that Shandos's parents had offered to pay for. Fairly typical local food apparently, we had a set menu of tuna wrap on salad, a large piece of grilled pork, then a nougat ice-cream thing for dessert - very tasty.

    Afterwards we headed out of town to nearby Riquewihr, another pretty little town. This didn't have a canal but it did have plenty of half-timbered houses and lots of nearby vineyards too! And an awful lot of tourists as well, sadly, but it was still quite nice. Home around 6pm where we crashed pretty quickly, only time for a quick dinner of spatzl, a type of egg noodle common to this area.
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  • Day12

    A rainy day to ride to Colmar

    August 31, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    A sudden change in the weather meant that the temperature had dropped by at least 10 degrees and there was a 99% chance of rain. Many of the Ghostriders decided that they wouldn’t ride and would travel to Colmar by bus instead. I was keen to ride however and as was Douglas, Henry and Lionel. We set off just after 8 and made our way towards Neuf-Brisach where a good proportion of the group planned to visit and then return to the boat to change and bus it to Colmar. We carried on towards Colmar along lovely almost totally flat canal path passing Khunheim and about 5km after that making a sharp left turn and following another path of a similar nature. It did rain on and off (heavily for about 20 minutes) but the weather really was quite mild as we passed through a largely agricultural area with a few villages. We arrived in Colmar after about 2 and a half hours feeling that it had been a really lovely spin (even on the clunk old bikes). We soon found our way into the centre of the city and found a café near the Cathedral where we enjoyed a coffee before having a bit of a wander around the Cathedral area which is resplendent with lovely timber buildings. There was another toilet incident (and as it transpired another Ghostrider – who shall remain nameless had a a similar one to that which we observed) 50c was required to use the toilet which we did not have – we didn’t “flush” and tag teamed to use the facilities. Not flushing was clearly the key as a couple using the adjacent toilet found out. The Husband went in, pressed the flush button and then held the door open for his wife – she entered, the door shut and then suddenly the toilet entered its “decontamination cycle”. We could hear the lady bashing on the door and calling for help, her husband tried to open the door to no avail and a minute or 2 later she emerged VERY wet from the mid-calf down! Following this encounter, we rode to to “Little Venice” this is an area of Colmar where houses line a canal and it is somewhat reminiscent of Venice – there were a number of restaurants along the canal however we decided that they were too “fancy smancy touristy” on so went and found a lovely “local” café on the other side of town where we enjoyed more coffee and I had my packed lunch followed by a delicious raspberry tart.
    Meanwhile Kirstin had taken the bus into Colmar with a group of other Ghostriders (Andrea and Greg) arriving at about 10am and starting the visit with a wander around the lovely old town centre and then enjoying a coffee at a little café near a church. Then they just wandered around the town (photographing cakes and macarons along the way) destination “little Venice” where they had a boat trip – 25 minutes up and down the canal – the boat driver provided an interesting commentary – also toilet related - when he pointed out how the facilities in the houses along the canal were directly over the water (even on the second floor) – fortunately they do not function this way today! Also interestingly, the colours of the houses indicated the religious of the inhabitants – blue for Catholics, Red for Protestants… also light blue shutters would indicate a “single lady” in residence. They also saw the house of the hangman (sequestered behind a wall as it was a real case of NIMBY). These days you can have any colour you like provided it isn’t the same as your neighbours! They also found a house built in 1568 (400 years before we were born!!). After lunch in a Patiserrie where Kirstin enjoyed a tuna baguette and a chocolate eclair and a Tarte au Citron. … yummmo. After lunch, there was an interesting visit to the Musee d’Bartholdi (the creator of the statue of Liberty) and other well know works around France. Following the museum, it was back to the station for the bus to Breisach….. a full and enjoyable day!
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  • Day11

    Stadtbesichtigung Colmar

    August 28, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Mit dem Bus ging es heute nach Colmar. Die Anbindung von Turckheim ist sehr gut, regelmäßig fährt ein Bus bis ins Zentrum, einmal umsteigen auf der Hinfahrt, die Rückfahrt ging direkt.
    Wir besichtigten die Altstadt, die Dominikanerkirche und gingen dann alle zusammen in "Klein Venedig" zum Mittagessen, direkt an der La Lauch gelegen.
    Hier sind die Infos zu Colmar: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar
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  • Day2

    La Petitie Venice restaurant

    March 24 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Excellent food. Cod was tasty and firm. Need done just right, without asking for how I wanted it done. Had a seat by the window which was a bonus. Tasteful decor inside. Sat upstairs, which I think is better than downstairs.

  • Day23

    Colmar

    June 9, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Um 8.30Uhr entscheiden wir uns für Frankreich und fahren ins etwa 130km entfernte Colmar. Über Montbeliard und Belfort geht es zunächst Richtung Mulhouse, teilweise über die Autobahn A36, die an einigen Streckenabschnitten sogar mautfrei ist. Dann folgt der weitere Weg über die A35 ins nördlich von Mulhouse gelegene Colmar. Dort soll es einen Stellplatz für 75Mobile direkt am Canal de Colmar geben. Frau Becker navigiert uns punktgenau auf den Platz. Für 15€ steht man hier in großzügig abgeteilten Parzellen dicht am Kanal vor den kleinen Booten. Strom, Frischwasser, Entsorgung ist alles inklusive. Morgen früh kommt sogar ein Bäckerwagen auf den Platz. Bei der Anmeldung erhalten wir einen Stadtplan, wo wir die Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt Colmar aufgelistet finden (sogar auf deutsch). Der Fussweg in die Stadt wird aufgezeigt, in 10min ist man mittendrin. Besser geht es nicht! Und nach 18Uhr wird das große Einfahrttor geschlossen, man kommt nur noch zu Fuss oder per Rad vom oder aufs Gelände (Nebentür mit Zahlencode). Alles sicher!! Im Ort gibt es viel zu sehen: Stiftskirche St. Martin, Gerberviertel, Markthalle von 1865, Bartholdi-Museum (Erschaffer der Freiheitsstatue La Liberte), Dominikanerkirche und natürlich das Klein-Venedig (La Petit Venise) an den Ufern der Lauch. Wunderschöne blumengeschmückte oder bemalte alte Häuser, meist Fachwerk. Die Stadt ist einen Besuch wert und gefällt uns persönlich sogar noch besser als Strasbourg!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Colmar, كولمار, Koimar, Горад Кальмар, Колмар, Κολμάρ, کلمار, קולמר, CMR, コルマール, Кольмар, 콜마르, Colmaria, Kolmara, کولمر, 68000, กอลมาร์, 科尔马

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