Tuesday 26th June 2018
So after our failed attempt the previous day to get to Colmar, we thought we would give it another go. This time we would take the most direct route. But first things first, I still have to wait for Jane to “do” her hair, still it gives me plenty of time to catch up on Facebook!
Colmar is a town in the Grand Est region of France, near the border of Germany.
Its old town has cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings.
Everywhere you look it’s as if Walt Disney had designed it!
Look, its Mickey and Minnie!
The town is on the Alsace wine route and the local vineyards specialise in Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines. Jane had a glass of Riesling which she said was very good, I tried the water as I was driving and that was very nice too!
It was very hot on the day we visited so we decided to cheat on our exploring and caught the “petit train”, lazy I know, but very informative.
This stunning fountain was next to the restaurant where we had lunch. It took a while for Jane to stop worrying about eating in an Alsatian restaurant and when she realised we weren’t going to be having a large dog for lunch she was ok. What we did have for lunch was Flammekueche, this local dish is to Alsace what pizza is to Italy. This is a tarte flambée topped with cream, cream cheese, lardons and onions……….it was lovely!
The sunny day did my photos a favour as they really seem to have captured the atmosphere.
We stopped in a Super U on the way back to the caravan as I was worried that I might be running out of pork pie. The lady serving me couldn’t quite believe the size of the slice I wanted. It was lovely, and low calorie too!
After eating that pie, and as the heat had gone out of the sun, I decided to go out for a cycle ride……
The views were great but the cycling was hard work, 55 minutes all uphill and 5 minutes down, still I suppose I worked off the pie!
Wednesday 27th June 2018
Today is going to be a relatively lazy day starting with a lay in….or so we thought. Now I admire a trimmed bush as much as the next man, but not while I’m having my breakfast!
We had a little picnic down by the lake and no sooner had I got my baguette out, the wind began to blow……….
So we decided to head up to the mountains in search of better weather, which we found along with plenty of peace and quiet.
Now I know you might think this is wild, but we went home and played Upwords in the middle of the afternoon………Yep in the middle of the afternoon, and drinking wine as well, we should be ashamed of ourselves at our age! (Guess who won???)
It looks lovely there. I know the UK has some quaint old towns and villages, but Europe seems to top them all doesn’t it. The pork pie looked good, think I would have joined you in a large slice as well! I’m impressed you managed to type Gewürztraminer umlaut and all!
Well, unless we get any rain before you get back, we might end up on water rationing. Still not a drop in weeks, just blue skies and 30 degrees most days. The garden is gasping for a drink and the grass is crunchy when you walk on it!
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Wow can’t believe you didn’t challenge us to ‘Upwords’
BTW we haven’t had to be dug out since we least met …..
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Well we challenge you now then, we are catching the ferry to Bilbao on the 18th of September!
I’m glad you haven’t had any more “helpful neighbours”!
What are you guys up to?
We will be in Spain traveling anti-clockwise for 2 months