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Published: June 25th 2018
Lovely day scootering round the Alsace.
Turckheim, as well as having its own lovely town to explore, is also very well located for visits to other Alsace towns. Equisheim is one I wanted to see as we almost did last time we were here. Colmar is also only a few miles away so have Kisbee, will travel.
Didn’t rush to get off on our sightseeing as we are on holiday after all. Also it was cloudy and wanted to wait until the sun broke through.
Equisheim first on the list and it is absolutely charming. Buildings dating from the 1500s, beautifully restored but with lots of interesting features to attract the eye in every direction we went. Of course the buildings would have looked nothing like this in the 1500s. 2018 style they are painted in pretty pastel colours, all the walls perfectly rendered and so many flowers about everywhere the pollen count must have been deadly.
Lovely shops selling beautiful things but we were window shopping only. We rarely do any ‘shopping’ apart from food when we are away, except for an odd magnet or two to remind
us of places we have been. We travel far too much to collect souvenirs of every place we go and really I have no need for a cuddly stork or a cereal bowl with Alsace painted on the side.
The church is most beautifully presented. Rising above a busy square with a large fountain it has several pointed roofs and there are at least 3 stork’s nest poised on top. A pope came from here in the 15th century so is celebrated by a statue on the fountain. A superb spectacle from many aspects.
Equisheim was busy, full of tourists. Just like us. Probably at its busiest being Sunday.
It’s built in an oval shape with a main street down the middle leading to the town gates and the town itself was originally walled. Some of the buildings are delightfully shaped, wedges, very tall, 4 or 5 stories and roofs very steep and pointy. Absolutely loved it even if it is really far too pretty and well presented to be real.
The cafes all looked very full but we found a boulangerie and bought some lovely little quiches. Mine was salmon and asparagus and
was so good I popped back in to tell the proprietor how delicious it was. She looked rather pleased.
Then back to Kisbee, so the camera could have a rest from click, clicking and off we went to Colmar. This, I think, is the most famous and biggest of the Alsace towns.
Had to follow signposts to get in to the centre but once there, in the old part of town, we found a handy spot to leave Kisbee and walked round.
We’ve been here before but years ago, only really remembered it as having a canal area which is known as little Venice.
Lots of lovely buildings to admire here too but have to say I prefer Equisheim and Turckheim for that matter. Colmar is too big to be as perfectly presented as they are.
The canal area was heaving with people. The canal sported barges carrying parties up and down a short trip. Aboslutely not to be compared with a Venice gondola.
Lots and lots of flowers everywhere and many quaint shops all beautifully decorated and themed.
Cafes all very full here but I spotted a tearoom and we
managed to squeeze round a table on a little balcony overlooking the canal. Drinks and cakes completed the lunch we started in Equisheim.
Back then to our campsite and Kisbee reluctantly went back into the garage as won’t be needed again this trip.
Delighted as we were having dinner when an adult stork appeared again on his campsite walkabout. I’d already given him the rest of our sliced ham which he seemed to enjoy. We were eating some rather delicious griddled lamb steaks with a blackcurrant sauce. That was the only meat available so I gave him the last little bit of mine. I swear he smacked his beak together. He then looked at Bob and pretty well tapped him on the shoulder with his beak so Bob gave him his last piece too.
He did seem rather pleased with his tasty snack and was probably disappointed with the cold meat he received at the next pitch.
Long drive tomorrow so everything packed up and ready for an early start.
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