Skipping around again...but I felt like taking a trip back to France (Alsace, to be precise) and sharing another part of our incredible 6th Anniversary weekend away to French wine country. If you remember from my post a little over a year ago (if you actually remember, 500 bonus points to you), D and I spent 3 days sweating our butts off during a European heatwave while simultaneously being totally enchanted by the villages of Riquewihr, Colmar, and Kaysersberg in the Alsace region. Today's photo montage is courtesy of Colmar...another insanely adorable town filled to the brim with fine wine, ultra stinky cheese, and oodles of French charm.
Our day started with breakfast at our sweet B&B in Riquewihr. Fitz the cat was my furry breakfast date along with 5 pains au chocolat and a frothy cafe au lait (D was there too, of course). After reveling our petit déjeuner, we hopped in the car and made the 20 minute journey through the vineyards to Colmar's city center. We really had no plan for the day...except for wandering the city, sipping Pinot Blanc, and making googly eyes at the colorful half-timbered homes lining the cobblestone streets. So many beautiful alleyways, so little time!
Colmar reminded me a lot of the little villages scattered about Germany...and rightly so, as Germany is just a hop, skip, & jump away from Alsace and influences the area greatly. Some people spoke French to us, others spoke German...so it was an interesting, yet familiar dynamic. We spent some time wandering through farmer's markets and watching tiny boats float down the canals in Petite Venice. It was all very sweet and French, just as you'd imagine it to be. The wine was equally lovely, although less sweet than the German Rieslings I'd been used to (which I enjoyed). The only thing we didn't love? The heat. Far from Colmar's fault, but we didn't stay in the city as long as we would have without the scorching temps. C'est la vie, as they say!
I really have no recommendations for particular shops or restaurants you should try here. I know, worst travel blogger ever. But we honestly popped in and out of random places just to get shade and, if we were lucky, a bit of A/C. I remember eating a tasty salad Niçoise and D had a super cheesy tarte flambée, but where exactly we dined, I have no recollection. What I do remember is that Colmar is picture perfect and we would love to go back and experience it again...minus all the sweat and humidity, of course. If you ever find yourself with a weekend to spare in France, make sure Colmar and the Alsatian wine country is a stop on your list.