What a great day

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 24, 2010

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Flag of France  , Alsace,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today we decided to drive to Colmar, a little French town in the Alsace region which was a great choice. It was so pretty with the cutest little houses each accompanied by flower boxes on every window sill and had lots of lovely little patisseries, bakeries and chocolate shops. Fresh baguette sandwiches are something special.

We took a tourist train ride through the village and it pointed out the local history, including the smallest house in the town which was only two rooms and was 20 square metres.

The town has a 'Little Venice' quarter and a canal winding through it but unfortunately it was dry due to maintenance.

There was a fountain in the centre that had the softest grass surrounding it so Ashley decided to roll in it. At lunchtime, we all sat at a little pub and enjoyed the plat de jour (plate of the day), snails and some beer.

After lunch (and ice cream and strawberry tart and crepes and chocolates!) we left the pretty little town and drove along the wine road whilst making a few stops along the way to taste the regions finest wines. We managed to get Mum to not grab a handful of grapes from the vineyards but she was very tempted. It must be about harvest time because there were loads of fresh fruit.

We were relieved that the wineries operated in a similar way to back home with most having free tastings at the cellar door. The cellar door is ‘Cave’ in French though which made it even more tempting to get wine from. Michael enjoyed the pinot gris whilst Mum liked Cremont Reserve Brut (champagne style) so we bought six bottles during the tasting.  We assume we will have enough time to drink them before the end of our house exchange, otherwise they are going to England with Michael and Ashley.

Plenty more picturesque little villages along the rest of the wine road. This really is an interesting part of France with its strong German influence and history.

And to end it all, a quiet dinner and home, some newly purchased wine and a good night’s sleep.
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Daddio on

I love all the photos. You all look like you are having a fantastic time

Lynette on

The snails look interesting. You wouldn't want too many wines before tacklling them!

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