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Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse October 1st 2019

Oh, my, oh, my, oh, my!!! We had NO idea that such a museum even existed...and so very glad that we went...although, since our host decided to accompany us, and this was his upteenth visit, maybe we went through too quickly, but we won’t go back... It is worth your while to click on the link to read more about the history: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cité_de_l%27Automobile Ultimately, the woolen fabric factory went under, but the owner never gave up his obsession with collecting cars...Today, Mulhouse has kept up the tradition...the cars are beautifully displayed and lovingly maintained. At some point, the workers were striking and they broke into the hidden part and discovered ALL these cars in various states of reconstruction...they burned one and stated, ”there are 600 more to burn.” Of course, they weren’t burned, but I think ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse September 30th 2019

Oh, my, we managed to stay in a B&B in Metz without an Internet connection...Yikes! How does that happen any more? And trying to send a real message on my phone is a nuisance...PLUS, it turns out that many people do NOT bother to look at their email...but they don’t give us cell phone numbers so that we can text... We stayed with a lovely couple just outside of Brugge...in a house a bit newer than ours (1882), but a lot more primitive...However, the outdoor toilet has been updated with a REAL FLUSH one...The one bedroom is on the first floor (and the other SERVAS couple, from Seattle got it because they arrived first), but the upstairs is equipped with about 10 beds (single & double)...as in a DORM...our host/hostess slept at one end, and we ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse September 30th 2019

We visited METZ, because Bill’s great grandfather came from Metz. Apart from the B&B with no WiFi, it was a good visit. The cathedral was closed Sunday until 2 pm...so we found a place to eat and waited and WOW! What a treat...glad that we waited... Most cathedrals do canned music, but here we heard a REAL organ being played...it was peaceful and beautiful...This cathedral has more stained glass than any in the world and it took about 300 years to complete...and somehow, it wasn’t damaged by the wars... So, that was worth it all... As some of you know from FB, I am always collecting photos of manhole covers and whatever else someone sticks in the ground. Here we did find several covers with Metz, but also a couple of cute little dragons...Apparently, pre-Christian, a ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse June 25th 2019

Tuesday 25th June Well summer has definitely arrived. It started on Saturday, and as soon as the seasons clicked over, the heat came on. Yesterday was 35 degrees here, today 36, tomorrow 37. I am heading to Lindau on Lake Constanz in Germany tomorrow, via Zurich, but the forecast is only a little cooler. The heat is forecast to continue until the beginning of next week. At least this hotel has air conditioning, though it was faulty for the first two nights here and sat on 26.5 degrees all the time. They must have finally fixed it today. No more air conditioned hotels from here on. At least when I'm up in the mountains on the weekend it should cool off at night. Mulhouse is a fair-sized city of about 100,000 or so, and features several ... read more
Electropolis– Collection of Appliances
Mulhouse – Former Hôtel de Ville, built 1552
Cité du Train

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse September 30th 2016

Day5: Reims to Mulhouse; Todays trip was taken over by the satnav. Avoid tolls and unpaved roads etc... The route took me mainly on high speed fantastic toll free dual carriageways. This seemed to be going well and was on target to arrive in Mulhouse around 2.30pm Mrs Satnav then noticed a traffic hold up ahead so quickly rerouted me through a quicker but longer non highway area of the "Parc naturel regional des ballons des Vosges" This diversion added nearly two hours to the journey but it was worth the diversion. Up until then the scenery had been nice but flat. The roads are well made well serviced light traffic and with the roof down on the Stag the journey was going along nicely if a little tedious. The diversion added a whole new dimension. ... read more
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Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse May 28th 2014

Orleans to Basel We had started our cycle up the Loire at Nantes with the idea of getting to Orleans and then deciding where to go next. It had been so good, we decided to go ‘ just a bit further, and then we will see’. Well, as you can see from the title, we made it to Switzerland! The Loire cycle route is part of the Eurovelo 6 cycle route, from the Atlantic to the Black Sea and from the Loire valley it follows various canals, the Canal Lateral a Loire, the Central Canal, then a number of rivers (Doubs, Saone) and finally the Rhine/Rhone Canal to Mulhouse. Mulhouse was where we started our first cycle tour, from the Swiss border down the Rhine to Amsterdam, so if we made it to Mulhouse, we would ... read more
Poppies in a barley field.
La Charite sur Loire
Cycling heaven

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse August 17th 2013

We are starting to notice a change in the length of the sunlight as summer heads towards its closing stages,although we hope it hangs on for a while longer yet. Our room at the hotel doesn't get direct morning sun so it was a good excuse to sleep in a bit longer and also to give Gretchen more time of rest although she woke this morning feeling much improved,even on yesterday. We are heading today for an overnight stay close to the Swiss border and then tomorrow pop over into Basle and stay a night with Daniella who is a friend of our daughter,Leigh,they both having worked in a restaurant together while they were at University all those years ago.D moved earlier to Basle for a 3 year contract with her employer and at the time ... read more
War memorial,Gray
Baled hay waiting to be picked up for storage for the winter
Many of the fields we pass are yellow/brown with the grains harvested

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse July 15th 2012

And so the exciting, busy and intensive week of Bouge Ta Ville began - to explain simply, it's a week where about 200 young people get together every two years to transform and manifest the glory of God to their city. The concept began in Mulhouse, the city where I was doing it last week and is beginning to spread to other cities across France which is VERY exciting.... It all kicked off on Saturday afternoon at a huge church of around 2000 people in Mulhouse. I was relieved and excited to hear other English speakers when we arrived at the welcome part (I had been worried that I'd be the only English speaker and that I might not understand or be able to participate in everything.) I had put my name down to work with ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse July 14th 2012

Up pretty early and picked up the electronics from the office. All charged up and ready to go. The owners were also Tandem Cyclists and were very interested in the trike, thus before we headed out we offered them a spin. They returned with smiling faces! Weather - very windy and threatening rain as leaving Neuf-Brisach. Sprinkled on and off throughout the day. Lost several times, really poorly marked trails, especially any time we were near a town. Everything was closed due to the holiday but fortunately we had food to picnic on and found the lovely historical area to eat in. There is a large church in every town so it is easy to find these spots. We managed to find our way through the large city of Mulhouse & get to a fairly nice ... read more
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Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse June 9th 2012

Walked down to the reception to pick up our early morning crossants and baguette. I always feel quite French with the baguette under my arm when I carry it back to the motorhome. We ate a leisurely breakfast continental style before setting out from Switzerland to Mulhouse. We were running short on provisions and hoped that we would be able to pick something up on our way. We had planned to use the municipal camping D'Ille based near to the river as it was handy for a visit to the car and train collections in Mulhouse. Our journey was fairly uneventful until we arrived at the outskirts of Mulhouse and started to follow the Camping site signs. These unfortunately led us to the first obstacle of our trip so far. We had not used our specialised ... read more
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