Showing posts from April, 2017

Alsace Route De Vin

I have always wanted to visit Colmar ever since I "liked" a Facebook travel post of this  quaint  French city. We stayed at the Hotel Turenne for  € 90 a night. It was a pretty, historic hotel and the rooms were clean but tiny. It was pet friendly which for us was the main attraction. After checking in, we walked to La Petite Venise. Little canals meandering through the city make it so charming, which is why Colmar is crawling with tourists.   No doubt the city is super cute, however after seeing it I would have gladly stayed in a neighboring village and spent a day walking around Colmar. It was very touristy and we were there in April, I can't imagine August.  The sun finally came out the morning we were leaving, glad I got to snap this photo. My fascination with small villages continues, so we decided to get out and explore the Alsace Region. As we drove along the Vin Route there were vineyards for miles and miles.

An Alsatian Star

Well I had one of those out of body food experiences today, I needed to be pinched to make sure I wasn't dreaming! We were traveling to the Alsace Region just over the German border in France, which is known for their awesome cuisine. I wanted to partake in a great experience, so I did some research and the restaurant Le Pressoir de Bacchus grabbed my attention. The restaurant is located on the wine route (Route de Vin) in a the village of Blienschwiller. I love little towns and this one certainly was little with less than 350 people inhabiting it. The way into the little village was idyllic with vines every which way you turned. When we arrived in the village I thought we had traveled back in time 400 years. It certainly has retained its special Alsatian charm.  Today was Easter and their menu was Prix Fixe, six courses and I opted for the wine pairing. The wine was a Cremant, a sparkling wine made in the same style as Champagne. It was palate cleansing an

Silent Holiday in Germany

A shout out to the owner of our dry cleaner who we have become very chatty with, it is wasn't for him we would be eating cans of tuna and microwave popcorn out of our cupboard. In Germany, Good Friday is considered a silent holiday. All the shops and grocery stores are closed, most people have the day off of work as well. Very few restaurants are open, but if they are no music can be played. Of course public transport is running, but the streets and parks are empty. The Germans celebrate Easter Sunday as well as Easter Monday. On Easter, the traditional meat served is lamb or chicken. In the evening, it common to build a bonfire with the Christmas trees that are saved for this occasion. The burning of the Christmas trees welcome spring. On Easter Monday, egg games take place and families take walks or go on hikes. Egg games include egg hunts and egg rolling. Egg rolling is pushing the eggs down a hill or moving them with a stick, and whoever finishes first wins. Leave it to the Ger