Aug 28, 2015

Alsace Dreaming: Colmar, France


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.



23 comments:

  1. Colmar looks so cute! That whole region is definitely on my travel radar!

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  2. It looks like a scene straight out of a Disney movie!!! - which I love, of course. :)

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  3. I went to Colmar two years ago for their Christmas markets and it was grand! The city was lovely and the xmas market one of the best I've ever been to - no wonder it is so popular and crowded! I'd love to go back on a summer day to try some Alsatian wine and have some taste flambé. And after seeing your pics this is definitely happening :)

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  4. France is such a beautiful country.

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  5. I first heard of Alsace through another blogger ~ it looks so beautiful!
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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    1. Oh, nice! Yeah it's one of those places that's very "blog-worthy"…ha!

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  6. What a charming town! It looks lovely!

    -Celeste
    http://corkingaround.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wonderful post with so beautiful pictures!
    love thefantastic old architecture.

    My So Called Chaos sent me..

    Have a fab weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much, Helena! I adore the architecture as well!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  8. So adorable! Even after living in Heidelberg for 2 years, I've never been to Colmar. I need to get there at some point!!!

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  9. Colmar looks SO beautiful, I can't wait to visit.

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  10. I have been so close to Colma many times, but never actually visited.

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    1. Next time you're close, you'll have to make a stop! It's a perfect little day trip. :)

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  11. Colmar looks adorable! Can't wait to visit this lovely place :)

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    1. Doesn't it?! Straight out of a storybook, this place! :)

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  12. These are such beautiful photos! I visited Colmar many years ago in high school with my family and I dream of going back with my husband some day

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    1. Thank you, Kendall! I hope you guys get to go soon!

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  13. The city is really charming, I love the colourful houses and the canals under them. These two are the secret ingredients to make a city lovely in my opinion. (Ok, floods might be a problem but as non-citizens we do not see this aspect of life there.)
    I think you might enjoy my photos from Copenhagen and the amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen or my photos and a few words about Paris, my dream city (how cliché, right? :D).

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  14. How gorgeous! Wanderlust in full effect!

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    1. Agreed! I already want to go back!

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  15. How amazing! Mysocalledchaos sent me!

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  16. We are going to Strasbourg for the Christmas Markets this year. We land at Basel on Friday morning, then plan to stop in Colmar on the way to Strasbourg. And then on Sunday, we plan to stop in Freiburg on the back to Basel to depart that evening. My friend in Stuttgart told me not to waste my time in Colmar, and that it is no more special than Strasbourg. Thoughts?

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