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Published: September 20th 2018
After leaving picturesque Grindelwald and heading back to France we passed by Thunnet See, one of the huge lakes surrounding Interlaken. From there it was pretty much non-descript highways. The big difference we observed driving during this trip is the great condition of all the roads and bridges. Everything looks new and all are free from litter.
Our first stop today was Colmar, France. The old town of Colmar is called "Le Petite Venice". It was a gorgeous district crammed with camera ready buildings decked with flowers. The houses wander down the calm canal that wind through the area. We stopped for lunch at a small Brasserie which sold our favorite baquette sandwiches.
Leaving Colmar, we arrived at our destination, Strasbourg, mid afternoon, and checked into the hotel. The front desk said they were upgrading our rooms, and we were all thrilled at what we found. We were in the loft villa area in five star rooms. Not sure why we got them, but it was great.
We headed right out and purchased tickets for the Batorama, a narrative cruise on the canals that weaved through Strasbourg. The cruise, which was about an hour long gave a complete
history of the city and explained all of the different architecture we were seeing, and the German influence on it. Strasbourg has much to offer, with its many museums, cathedral Notre Dame, the "les petite France" neighborhood, with its small twisting back streets, lined with half-timber houses adorned with their flower boxes. Of course, Diane and I had to venture into some of the shops to check out their goods.
Dinner was at a small local restaurant, recommended by the "petite jeune fille " at the front desk. We all ordered the Coq-au-vin and some local wine, then headed back to the hotel to ready ourselves for another big day tomorrow.
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