A Good Reason to Travel

I urge you to travel. As far and as much as possible. Work ridiculous shifts to save your money.

Go without the latest iPhone. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out how other people live and realize that the world is a much bigger place than the town you life in.

And when you come home, home may still be the same, and yes, you may go back to the same old job, but something in your mind will have c h a n g e d.

And trust me, that changes everything.

– anonymous-

In a few days, I will be leaving for Tallinn/Estonia with a day-trip by ferry to Helsinki. We will explore the local cuisine of both countries, stroll through the Christmas market (started 18 Nov 2016) in Tallinn, and be amazed by some of the heated streets of Helsinki.

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport

 

Plans for Askren Manor, Yorktown, and Kessler Field, Schweinfurt

The former U.S. military housing Askren Manor in Schweinfurt is getting an almost complete overhaul. Years of wear and tear, as well as asbestos (banned from usage in 1993) have left their marks.

Of the 36 blocks, six are supposed to remain and have a complete restoration done. The city of Schweinfurt plans on rebuilding a new housing area, complete with shopping facilities, kindergarten, and an elementary school (replacing the old school with its two gyms).

On Kessler Field, the former high school building, built around 1987/1988, got renovated about 10 years ago. Now it is being used by the International School Mainfranken (ISM) located in Kalifornienstrasse 1.

Then there is Yorktown housing, which has been sold off to private investors. Some of the semi-detached houses are being restored and up for sale.

Coming from Ledward on Niederwerrner Strasse

Coming from Ledward on Niederwerrner Strasse

For more about this, visit:  Konversion Schweinfurt – Askren Manor

Askren Manor and Kessler Field – Sold

Eating and Drinking in the Alsace

After having spent 4 1/2 hours on the road (coming from the Frankfurt area), we were ready to have our first meal before checking into our vacation rental.

There are many roadside restaurants. This particular one, the Au Lion only accepted guests for meals. We saw quite a few people turned away, if they only wanted drinks. We were there around 2pm, and yes, they served a lot of lunches around this time.

This was a Flambée Strasbourg, and it was delicious. I had no idea what I had ordered. I think it was the first one on the menu. Yes, I was hungry. The one in the back is a Flambée Chevre.

Tarte flambée Strasbourg

Tarte flambée Strasbourg

Our first day exploring the town and its shops. Most of them were opened until 6pm on Saturday.

street

My husband had the three-course menu ‘Terroir’ at the Hotel Restaurant Du Mouton. We enjoyed every meal around the area. We are not gourmets, and as “Hunger is the best cook”, we can’t be truly objective. But for your average foodie, Alsatian restaurants have plenty to offer.

seafood

We spent some outdoor and indoor time at Bar à bières St Ulrich in Ribeauvillé. We just could not pass the place without doing some beer-tasting each time.

beer-out

This is my last post about our weekend in the Alsace. I will leave in two weeks’ time for another three-day trip to Tallinn/Estonia. I will keep you posted.

Ribeauvillé, Les Vosges Mountains, in Autumn

We had a grand view from the vineyards. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket. And a cork screw.

sunny-view-over-ribeauville

The main road is lined with mostly half-timbered houses.

Sitting in St.Ulrich, Ribeauvillé

Sitting in St.Ulrich, Ribeauvillé

And yes, I still like rainbows.

rainbow-over-ribeauville

With tourism centered around the wine industry, there are some interesting corners to discover around this small town.

wine-barrels

We had rented this one-bedroom apartment via fewo-direkt.de. The first floor apartment is in a quiet side street off the main road. It was perfect for the two nights we spent there.

One thing to look out for is unlocking the door. The lock is a bit tricky, so I would advise practicing unlocking the door in broad daylight. Do not try to open the door in complete darkness, at least not the first time. Unless you don’t mind cursing on the door steps. 🙂

Ribeauvillé Apt

 

Two Hours in Colmar, France

After leaving Ribeauvillé, we stopped in Colmar on our way home. I had not been to Strasbourg for a while, but its scenery seemed familiar: shops, canals, and restaurants.

On this particular day, 3 October, a bank holiday for the Germans, this French city across the Rhine, was teeming with tourists.

In spite of the expected flow of German tourists heading into town, three of the four antique shops listed on the web, were closed. We did not even bother looking for the fourth one.

Colmar is a pretty city for a day visit. For a relaxing weekend though, I would suggest staying one of the villages in the Vosges Mountains, about a 30-minute drive further into the country.

Colmar

Colmar

Half-timbered houses are lining the canals, and yes, it was still warm enough to have lunch outside.

colmar