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  • 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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    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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  • Day2

    Colmar, France

    December 20, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    We flew from China to Paris this morning. Our original plan to get to Colmar was by train from Paris. However, there were strikes going on and our train was cancelled. We had to book a flight from Paris to Frankfurt where the rest of my family were meeting, and then travel 3 hours by car to Colmar.

    Once all the family members arrived, we were on our way to Colmar in a rented van driven by the brother in laws father. Once we got to Colmar, we checked into our air bnb, which turned out to be better than I expected! Its located close to the old town centre and close to where the Christmas markets are held. The buildings are stunning, especially with the Christmas lights and decorations. Old Germanic styled buildings and houses.

    We plan on visiting the markets early tomorrow morning, and from there, I'm not entirely sure what else we will be doing as my brother is planning this trip for us. I would love to try the carousel and ice skating though!
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  • Day3

    Colmar Christmas Markets

    December 21, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    On the way to the a Christmas Markets this morning, we walked past Little Venice, which was about a minute walk from where we were staying. Its a beautiful little area, especially with all the Christmas lights and decorations, but of course it was crowded. At least we managed to get a nice picture there!

    The Christmas Markets were exactly how I had pictured them to be, I was just surprised that there were so many of them! There were stalls that sold Christmas decorations, pretzels, mulled wine, cheese, meats and other types of foods. We stopped by a pretzel store and got some cheese pretzels and a donut looking one. Some of the markets had rides for children and even a little pen with goats in them.

    We stopped by the Church while strolling through the many Christmas markets in the area. My brother in law is from Colmar, so it was nice to have him give us the history and information of the places we visited (and of course translate!). The church we visited was built in the 1100s, and you can see a giant storks nest just on the very top of it. There were a few grave sites still remaining around the church, but of course they have been emptied out to construct other buildings around the church.

    By the time we finished walking through most of the markets, it was about 5pm and it was already starting to get quite dark. We had a lovely home cooked meal made by my brother in laws parents. Tried out some of the many cheeses that were brought from the farmers markets earlier in the day - my absolute favourite was the Brie with truffle on the inside! That particular cheese is a specialty usually only made for Christmas, and costs about 80 euros per kg. It's totally worth the price!

    After dinner, we walked back through some of the markets to get to our air bnb. It was nice seeing the markets at night too, with all the decorations lit up. We walked past Little Venice again, but this time there were 4 swans in the river which made it look even more fairytale like.
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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:
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  • Day2

    La Petitie Venice restaurant

    March 24, 2019 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.Read more

  • Day23


    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

  • Day11


    September 16 in France ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Zur Stärkung gab's heute allerhand. Vom zauberhaften Mini Törtchen , einer Mini Quiche zum Flammkuchen . Wir genießen die Leckereien ;) und Mara muss noch zu schauen .

  • Day13


    July 24, 2016 in France ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Här får ni lite mer foton från Colmar. Det är en fransk stad känd för sin gamla stadskärna (det ser ut som massa pepparkakshus!) och find alsace-viner. Här har vi ätit gott, druckit godare och tagit ett hundratal foton. En båttur på Petit Venice gick ju inte heller att undvika.

    P.s Vi åt på den restaurangen i kanalen. Superb fisk 👌
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