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Published: July 24th 2016
Entry to Colmar
The Statue of Liberty! Some research revealed why ...Auguste Batholdi was a French sculptor, born in Colmar on 2 August 1834. He created "Liberty lightening the world". He died in 1904. This 12 metre resin replica was made to commemorate his '100th death anniversary'.
Friday 22 July 2016
Travelling south, back towards Dijon, we stopped at Colmar for lunch. A very different entry welcomed us…the Statue of Liberty! After finding a carpark (what a marvel Neville is!) we wound our way on foot to a canal side restaurant, passing a variety of housing and shops along the way. Eight centuries of Germanic and French architecture feature in this colourfully eclectic town of the Alsace region.
The flowers that line the canal were in abundance, adding charm to the shuttered housing behind. The town was founded in the 9th
century and is also known as ‘Little Venice’ due to the number of canals that cross the river Lauch. We tried to find the Hansi Museum but aborted our attempts; the growing humidity was oppressive and rain was threatening. With car parks difficult to find in the area we wanted, we left the town of Colmar and headed to the village of Eguisheim.
The Alsace region has many vineyards; the countryside deliciously green. More floral displays welcomed us to this village which was founded in 1257, making it 3 centuries younger than Colmar! Coloured shutters were seen at
Shops and residences
Walking the ancient streets of Colmar, a step back in time
every turn as we meandered the very narrow lanes. This particular village is arranged in concentric circles around a 13th
Looking up to the bell tower of the church of St Pierre-et-St-Paul, we saw huge nests. What a delight and wonderful surprise to see storks! Real storks! Apparently, storks were in abundance in the Alsace region but had deserted the village by the 1970s. A reintroduction program has brought them back. This program is quaintly known by ‘The Friends of the Storks’ as a marriage bureau! Fascinating to see these birds; it added to the fairy-tale-coming-to-life experience and a highlight of the trip back to Dijon.
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