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  • Day34

    Christmas in Colmar

    December 25, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    After a bit of a rough night in which we were all woken up by what sounded like either an explosion or gunfire at 12.20am, we had a slow start to the day.
    Considering where we are and the history of terror attacks last year in a nearby town the large blast certainly gave us a scare. Add to that the yelling we could hear it took a few minutes and another blast for us to realise it was random fireworks. Still it got our hearts thumping and made it hard to get back to sleep so we were all thankfully for the relaxing late start to our Christmas.

    After chatting to the kids we had missed the night before we checked to see if Santa had managed to find us... and he had. Brad received a beautiful Italian leather satchel, perfect for travelling, and I got spoilt with a lovely embossed Italian leather wallet and a few other treasure “Santa” had collected so far in our trip. I felt very spoilt. Santa didn’t forget Peta and Errol either leaving them with a bottle of French red wine.

    Brad and decided to venture out to see if we could get some more of the delicious croissants we had yesterday to add to our cheese and ham but all the pastry shops were closed. There were still quite a few people out and about enjoying the quieter streets.

    Brunch/lunch was a meat and cheese platter made with produce we had sourced from the food market yesterday with our homemade vin brûlée, or vin chaud as it is called in France. We made sure to take our cheesy Christmas photos in front of our live Christmas tree, in our matching ugly Christmas sweaters, although they weren’t as ugly as some I had seen.

    It was a lovely way to spend the day, chatting with each other and when possible FaceTiming with family from home. It is a very different experience being on a different time zone to home where they have all wrapped up their Christmases as we are starting ours. I’m not sure I want to be this far away again as I am missing the kids and their partners, and our grand puppies, a lot.

    After a very relaxing morning/afternoon Errol roasted up the fresh veggies, heated up our beef Wellington and made some red wine jus for amazing Christmas dinner. It was so tasty especially paired with our French wines, Vodka beers followed with Caramel vodka shots.

    Feeling very full and a wee bit merry we decided to spread our Christmas cheers with the revellers in the streets (which was a good excuse to get another vin chaud on our way out). We walked the cobblestoned streets, admiring the Christmas light displays, chatted to a couple of heavily armed police, and even had a ride on a carousel. What a fun Christmas night.

    We returned to our apartment for our delicious Christmas dessert, listened to some music and just enjoyed these amazing moments we are having with our very special friends. We are so lucky to have them in our lives and it has been a privilege sharing our first Christmas away from home with them. Friends are family you choose yourself and spending the day with Peta and Errol helped ease our feelings of homesickness. Love you guys.
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  • Day11

    The Beautiful City of Colmar

    August 31, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    The day was spent riding to the town of Colmar and back again. The MS Andante remained moored at Breisach while we cycled. Maggie and I had previously visited Colmar on an earlier trip to France and immediately fell in love with the place. The combination of medieval, half timbered buildings and flower lined canals is the stuff of postcards.

    We spent some time riding and walking around the centre of the town and discovered that the city was just as beautiful as we remembered it to be. Many of the buildings are adorned with collections of flowers, hearts, chairs and just about anything else they could find. Each building is painted a different bright pastel shade and the combined effect is breathtaking. The bridges are also a work of art, some almost completely covered with floral arrangements. This city must certainly rank among the most amazing cities I have ever visited.
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  • Day2

    Christmas overloaded!

    December 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Wer auf Weihnachten steht, der ist hier richtig... das ist jetzt nicht negativ gemeint!!
    Wir habe auf jeden Fall einen kurzweiligen Tag verbracht... mit den Gedanken, dass man hier auch mal ein Wochenende ohne Weihnachtsmarkt verbringt.....! Es ist definitiv ein schönes verwinkeltes romantisches kleines Städtchen, das man mit der netten Umgebung (Vogesen) nochmal besuchen kann

    Off Topic: „ zum Glück“ habe ich mir überlegt, hier noch einmal vor unserer Uganda-Tour meine genialen Wanderschuhe auszuprobieren...jaaa, ist schief gegangen, vermutlich altersbedingt hat die Sohle tschüss gesagt,.... Hurra, ich weiß jetzt, was ich mir zu ...jaaa... zu WEIHNACHTEN...wünsche!!!
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  • Day1

    Los geht‘s

    December 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    09.00 Uhr ist Abfahrt, ich finds passend, josh meint, es wäre ne Stunde zu spät 🙄.
    15.30 Uhr Ankunft in Colmar, Platz finden, einrichten, Brot essen, Wasser fassen und ab Marsch auf den ersten Weihnachtsmarkt (von fünf oder sechs Stück in diesem Kaff!)

    Jaaaa, hier ist definitiv Weihnachten, zumindest in der Altstadt, alle Häuser sind geschmückt, alle, wirklich alle Geschäfte verkaufen irgendein Weihnachtsgedöns, und mit der Kulisse und den schiefen Häuschen sieht alles sehr nett aus!

    Und .... der Glühwein schmeckt viiiieeel besser als bei uns!!
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  • Day4


    September 15 in France ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach der Koenigsbourg fahren wir nach Colmar. Wir parken unser Auto und machen uns auf den Weg in die Altstadt. Wow, ist das heiß in der Stadt.
    Kurz überlegen wir, mit dem Petit Train zu fahren. Wir entscheiden uns anders und laufen durch die tollen, altertümlichen Gassen ins Viertel Petit Venice.Read more

  • Day4

    Promenades en barque und am Abend

    September 15 in France ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Im Petit Venice angekommen, finden wir die Anlegestelle der Barke. Mit Elektromotor geht's den Fluss entlang. Das ist sehr nett, aber megaheiß, es geht kaum ein Lüftchen.
    Auf dem Weg zurück zum Auto öffnet gerade eine Eiskaffee und wir gönnen uns ein paar Kugeln Sorbet - hmmmm, ist das lecker!
    Es sind 33,5 Grad und wir schmelzen fast. Eine tolle Abkühlung schafft ein Sprung in den Burkheimer Baggersee, das tut gut!
    Zum Abendessen gehen wir durch's Dorf zu Gerhard's Strauße. Zusammen mit einem Pärchen aus Essen verleben wir einen tollen Abend mit sehr leckerem Essen und tollen Wein. Der Rückweg tut gut 😏
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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

  • Day11

    Colmar Teil 1

    September 16 in France ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Wir kamen in der 65000 Ew. Stadt an , bekamen einen kostenlosen Parkplatz in der Innenstadt und los ging's. Zuerst zum Office the Tourist um sich eine Karte zu holen dann einen Überblick zu verschaffen.Dabei viel auf das es in Colmar einen Stadtrundgang gibt und auf eine schöne Art den Besucher mit kleinen Hinweisen am Boden durch die Stadt führt , natürlich an den schönen Sehenswürdigkeiten Vorbei.Read more

  • Day11

    Colmar Teil 2

    September 16 in France ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Die Stadt hat uns verzaubert, süße kleine Gassen , tolle Geschäfte , schöne Häuser, überall viele Blumen und Cafés. Für Mara haben wir eine Kleinigkeit gekauft und wir liefen durch die Straßen und spürten den französischen Flair.Read more

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