24 Hours in Strasbourg, France

We usually go to Strasbourg once a year, and our highlights remain staying at the 4-star Hotel Cour de Courbeau, and then visiting the flea market on Saturday morning. Again this year, we got there on Friday around 3pm, and left the city on Saturday shortly after lunch. It is enough time to pack in quite a few things, such as a visit to the Alsatian Folklore Museum (about a minute walk from the hotel), visit a few restaurants, shop at the flea market, stop for some coffee and a pain au chocolat, and much more. We usually park at the Austerlitz Car Park, which is a minute from the hotel, has clean facilities, and the rate for one day is just under euro 20.

This is always our first stop – the bridge overlooking the River Ill.

Boat touring the River Ill

This is an ad for the city’s upcoming plans – to build a floating jetty, across from the Historical Museum.

Floating jetty for Strasbourg

This is the courtyard of the Hotel Cour du Corbeau. Built in 1580, it has served as an inn (or hotel) for most of its time since then.

 

View from our room onto the balcony. Last year, we were able to sit on the balcony late in the evening. This year, a Siberian wind made it impossible.

Some of the interior was renovated to reflect its original half-timbered building style.

This is what I found at the flea market – a sewing table, with a painting by Louis Bollinger (a.k.a. BOLL or BOLI).

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

A Weekend in Ribeauvillé, Alsace

We spent the first October weekend in Ribeauvillé, Alsace.

Over the years, we had been to several places in the Alsace, and this time we chose Ribeauvillé. I was surprised by its size – a long main street with plenty of shops, many restaurants, and to my husband’s pleasant surprise, we discovered a whisky bar (Le Saint-Ulrich) as well.

Ribeauvillé, Alsace

Ribeauvillé, Alsace

I had seen steep vineyards before, but never quite like this.

Vineyards around Ribeauvillé

Vineyards around Ribeauvillé

One of the best things in life is a little uphill walk, with your husband carrying the picnic makings in his backpack. We enjoyed the view, the wine, and our own company.

Ribeauvillé

grapesThe weather in early October is often fairly nice, or we might have been just lucky over the years. We hope to do this again next year.

Places to Visit in the Alsace Region: Mittelbergheim

Riquewihr, Alsace

Riquewihr, Alsace

If you leave Oberursel (Taunus) early in the morning, you can make it to Straßbourg within two hours. From there, via bee line, it is only another 30 km to Mittelbergheim.

On LinkedIn, I found Jean Paul Krebs’s blog post Alsace Wine Route: open wine cellars in Mittelbergheim.

Thanks to his photos, plans have been made to visit the Alsace again this summer. We probably won’t be there when the wine cellars are open, but it is still worth a visit. It has been described as a charming little town, perched on a limestone hill and sheltered by vineyards.

This photo is from our last trip to the Alsace, which took us to Riquewihr in October 2014, where we had a very nice vacation rental apartment (my review).

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