I’ve already been in France for one month, which is hard to believe. One of the bonuses about being an assistant is that we work 12-15 hours per week, giving us plenty of time to explore the city and the rest of the country (I’m currently on a two-week vacation for “Toussaint” or All-Saint’s Day).
One weekend we took the TER, the regional train service, to Colmar about 40 minutes south.
It’s Strasbourg on a smaller scale. Cute, cozy and well-preserved since its founding just before the 10th century, Colmar has special significance for Americans as the birthplace of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the man who designed the Statue of Liberty.
Out itinerary included a stroll through its pretty plazas and parks, the small brick streets lined with ancient shops, the tiny canals known as and a stop at the Resturant Pfeffel (I recommend) for a delicious plate of- you guessed it- sauerkraut.
We briefly stopped at an indoor craft market downtown, finding everything from hand-made dolls, tea, bretzel and a man who produced landscapes “drawn” with different types of wood chippings. Finally, we passed an antique French car show (I’m slowly getting used to the popular brands here: Peugot, Renault, etc., and the small, cute scale of French cars).
Colmar’s size is perfect for a day trip to escape the crowds in Strasbourg but still enjoy the regional traditions!