Colmar again...

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Alsace,
Monday, September 1, 2008

So to start our travels again we decided to head back to one of our favourite places from last year's trip. Colmar, France is only a few hours north of Gryon, in the Alsace region of France, and home to the "Wine Route". After finding our way back to the old town and checking in, we headed out to show Matt and Elizabeth around a little. The old town is as beautiful as we remember with its century old buildings perfectly preserved along cobblestone streets. It is so gorgeous both sides during the World Wars refused to bomb it. It is too bad more towns didn't look like this. Being the heart of the Alsace wine region, there are plenty of caves and stands to sample along the way. We had to do our part for the experience and sample as many as we could of course. For some reason bedtime came early that night.
The next day we headed out for a little rock climbing. Matt and Elizabeth are avid climbers and this region is home to quite a few climbing spots. We went near a town called Gueberschwihr (ya say that just once). It was a very pretty spot with a really nice walks to get to the climbing sites and the weather was perfect. We returned to Colmar for dinner and had our share of Alsacian cuisine. Tarte Flambee (basically a really thin crust pizza with cream, onions, and bacon) and Choucroute (a pile of saurkraut with about 5 different chunks of meat piled on that) are what the region is known for. We are not sure why the people here are not 800 pounds.
The Saturday is really the reason why we came. There is a wine festival in a town called Eguisheim just outside of Colmar. Megan and I went to it a year ago and had a blast. We showed up mid afternoon and began sampling wines from all over the region and of course more Tarte Flambees. We took a liking to "Cremant". It is like the Alsacian version of Champagne. We managed to polish off a couple of bottles to help wash down all of the Tarte Flambees, sausages and Quiche that magically appeared before us. We called it a day about 9:30 just as the festival was getting packed with the younger crowd out surely for sampling purposes...
Our last day in Colmar started a little later for some reason and we headed off in search of more climbing. After a couple of hours of scaling slabs of granite, Meg and I decided to head off for a little hike around a lake nearby. It so reminded us of home with its tranquil atmosphere and gorgeous walking trails. All that was missing were a couple of canoes and maybe the sound of a loon. After meeting up with our avid climbing buddies Matt and Elizabeth, we headed back to Colmar for a fabulous dinner in the old town complete with fine wine, full bellies, incredible company, and of course crème brulee! A perfect way to end our mini-vacation with great friends.
Off to Switzerland again to catch our flight from Basel to Sardinia!

P.S. Happy Birthday Krista!!!
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