Sights to See in Selestat/Schlettstadt in the Alsace

Sélestat is a relatively small town of about 20.000 residents. We spent many hours just walking around, and most of the town (so it seems) is an array of historical buildings, half-timbered houses, towers, etc. The church tops in the center of town gave us a good sense of orientation. Without them, we would have gotten lost once an hour. At least.

This is the Ritterturm (Knights’ Tower) in 2019.

and many years ago…

This is an usual view of the St.Georg Church (from left to right), the empty facade of a half-timbered house, a residence with laundry hanging outside, and a very modern glass addition on the Maison du Pain d’Alsace Museum.

The Witches’ Tower in 2019…

and a long time ago…

We had dinner at the ‘Brasserie Chez Youpel’ and my husband actually managed to eat all of his Choucroute platter.

 

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

Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

Every morning, I came down to the Maasholm port. It was an usually hot July at the Baltic with temps mostly in the low 30s (90F), while the rest of Germany was getting drowned in rain storms and flooding.

There was nobody about, and I loved it.

Yachthafen Maasholm

Most evenings would see me reading by the window overlooking the Schlei Bay.

Reading by the window

We visited Germany’s smallest town, Bad Arnis. There is the main road with a few shops, which were mostly closed before peak season. The port had plenty of boats in it though, that is for a “town” of only 350 residents.

Arnis port

The “Bad” in Bad Arnis stands for spa town. There are hundreds of them in Germany. More about that on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spa_towns_in_Germany

Smallest town in Germany: Arnis

Besides eating fish every day, I also had wanted to try the currywurst up north. The color of the sauce really surprised me. In central and southern Germany, currywurst sauce is usually reddish-brown. This one had the coloring touch of a Danish tartar sauce. It tasted authentic though.

There is a great Danish influence in this part of Germany. If you are history buff, then you might know this part of Germany had been Denmark/Danish territory a couple of times in history.

Currywurst - Danish

On the Road in the USA – Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth was settled first in 1623

Portsmouth was settled first in 1623

Portsmouth is a very quaint town with all its historic buildings, many shops, and a lively feeling permeats the city in the evening hours. The population is only 21.000, surprisingly.

Portsmouth

We had dinner at the Surf Restaurant and I’d rate the food quality with *** (out of five).  I had chosen Blackened Fish Tacos, but instead of some Cajun sting, the wrap was filled with mild ingredients. My companions enjoyed their meals more than I did.  More about that in another post.

We left our hotel (Residence Inn Marriotts Portsmouth/highly recommendable) to walk down to the waterfront.

waterfront

The town is so inviting I ended up buying a colander from a home supply store. I have never done anything like this on holiday…

Portsmouth at night

Portsmouth at night

Wish we could have stayed a bit longer, but we had our friends in Maine waiting for us. Not only them, but hitting 10 locations (incl. a wedding, visiting friends, our teenage kids wanting to see Boston, breaking up the drive down the East Coast, etc.) in 18 days is not a leisurely feat.

It is fun, tiring, nerve wrecking, exciting, educational, and so much more.

I’ ve learned that a fee for checking out late does not mean much to sleepy teenagers. I have listened to Selena Gomez and company so much, I knew some of the lyrics by heart. I must have said, “Take out these ear plugs and listen once more!” at least thirty times already. I have learned to say everything twice, e.g tell them our next overnight place, how long the drive is from A to B, etc. Well, when we come to the end, I will share this in a bit more detail. Maybe.

And now, for an additional tidbit of information, I’d like to point out Greenland, NH. This is a vibrant community with a small-town feel that makes for a great getaway from the hustle of the East Coast cities. For more information, visit: AllTheRooms.GreenlandNH:Things To Do

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Guided Tour in Oberursel

New to Oberursel? Then you might enjoy a guided tour around the old town (Altstadt), which is being offered on Saturday, 5th November, 2011.

The tour starts in front of the Vordertaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz at 2pm and costs €3 per person.

Oberursel Altstadt

In this photo, the Vordertaunusmuseum is the corner building on the left.

For more events in and around Oberursel, visit AllThingsGerman-events.