Alsace Region

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Flag of France  , Alsace,
Sunday, April 20, 2008

Colmar has turned out to be one of my favorites' so far.  It is a really nice little town, with lots of old buildings from the around the 16th century, you know the ones, with the wood beams built on the out side, and they all seem to be leaning in all odd angles that shouldn't be safe.  This region has been owned by France and Germany so many times that it is hard to tell where you are.  They seem to be selling baguettes and bratwurst everywhere, and then the names of towns like Orshwilhr and Kyserburg along side Riquewhir, I was starting to get very confused.

As I mentioned previously we were going to drive along a stretch of road known as the thousand villages, also the route Vin de Alsace.  As you might have guessed this was where Alsatian wine was grown, mainly white wines, and there were plenty of free tasting 'caves' along the way.  All the little towns that we drove through were beautiful little places with old buildings and quaint squares.  I would recommend coming here, but maybe do it on a tour so you could enjoy all of the tasting places!

We stopped at a little village called Riquewhir, just a random choice really, but it turned out to be a good one, it was lovely, and there were a lot of people here as well, so I suppose it is one of the more popular ones.  We had a few tastings and bought a nice bottle of white wine, to be enjoyed later.
The last stop for the night was supposed to be Strasbourg, but the camper stop we were going to stay at didn't seem to have an entrance!  We drove around an around, and even down a bike path (as did the van following us!) and still could not find how to get in, so we just drove into the town centre and had a look around before leaving the area and camping at a little town a bit further away.
Strasbourg was a nice place as well, and I would have liked to have had a better look around but, we have ANZAC day to think about.  I would definitely say to come to the Alsace region if you had a spare weekend handy, it was well worth the visit.

We are in Paris now, staying at the camp site just on the out skirts of the city, 30 Euros a night!!!  That's the most we have had to pay anywhere!  But we are not that far from the centre of town and we can see the Eiffel tower (just) from the camp site, so it is all very exciting.  Was hoping that there would be internet access from the camp site so I could ring a few of you, but there's not (you would think for the price they would include it!) 

Happy birthday Wato! Congrats to Paul, Rachel and Eden on the birth of their baby boy Asher

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