alsace, france - january 30-31

Back in Europe following our American holiday, and adjusting has been a mixed bag. America has some great things (tons of parking spaces, friendly people who smile, Cap'n Crunch cereal), but there are a lot of things about Switzerland and Europe that I missed (intensely beautiful old buildings, cobblestone streets, wine day noon and night). Last weekend, Alex's sister Celestina and her beau Simon dropped by for a visit, and we took a mini day-trip to the Alsace region of France for some cheese, Champagne, chocolate, cobblestones & old crumbling colorful buildings -- the best of Europe, y'know?

colmar, france

Alex and I have driven into this region a handful of times on weekends; it's a quick 40 minute drive past mountainscapes and flower fields. So this post is sort of going to be a journey through photos from last July, last October, last December, and last weekend. Because I am an excellent blogger.

The Alsace region of France has an extremely heavy-handed German influence; the local dialect is very German, the architecture, the town names...Like our first stop, Eguisheim. 

eguisheim, france
 
eguisheim, france

It was completely deserted, in an eerie way. Like when you get onto a F train in Brooklyn and there's no one in the car and you're like, Something's up. But it was also great because, entire car to yourself, you know? 

The last time we were here was in October, when flower boxes were overflowing with colorful sprouts and the streets were full of people eating brezels and window-shopping in wine stores. Here's the same square from our October trip:

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france
simon, celestina, me & alexander
We grabbed a table at Kas'Fratz and ordered tarte flambées, pots of fondue, and a couple bottles of crémant, the region's local specialty sparkling wine. Cheese and bread for an appetizer, cheese and bread for an entree, and two bottles of sparkling wine. For our first meal of the day. FRANCE, guys.

kas'fratz, eguisheim, france

kas'fratz tarte flambee, eguisheim, france

wolfberger cremant eguisheim france
Simon models our bottle of Wolfberger crémant, produced right down the street

kas'fratz fondue eguisheim france

kas'fratz tarte flambee eguisheim france

kas'fratz fondue eguisheim france

Over-stuffed with cheese and pretty tipsy, we stumbled out of the restaurant and walked through the tiny city.

eguisheim, france


eguisheim, france

Not sure why I asked them to pose in front of a construction site, literally the least pretty sight in this town? Because, alcohol.

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

wolfberger eguisheim france

Almost back at the car, we realized we were passing Wolfberger, who had made the delicious wine we'd had for lunch. We decided to duck in to buy a case.

wolfberger eguisheim france
Decisions, decisions...

wolfberger eguisheim france

When we were last in Eguisheim in October, I liked it very much as a smaller, less-crowded version of Colmar -- and I thought it was more beautiful to boot. To wit:

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france
This woman and I startled each other and then exploded into apologetic overlapping "excusez-moi"s. If this happened in Switzerland she probably would've glared at me and then screamed at me in German (this happens to me constantly). I love you, France.

eguisheim, france

eguisheim, france

Anyway, back to January. We stuffed ourselves into our car and hit the road towards our second stop, Colmar.

driving in alsace, france

Colmar is in the same vein as Eugisheim - colorful old buildings, cobblestones, flower boxes, wine and chocolate - but more famous, more crowded, and with the addition of a part of town called "Little Venice."

colmar, france

little venice, colmar, france
Little Venice, get it?!


First stop: dessert, obviously. We tucked into Jacques Bockel, whose website is "planet-chocolate.com". So. Clearly an expert.

jacques bockel



Then set out for some aimless wandering, and maybe stepped into a few more chocolateries...

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france
colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

macarons colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france




colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france
A little vin chaud (hot mulled wine) for the road.

Colmar is super famous for its Christmas market, and in the summer when it is overfilling with flower boxes. It was nice to be there when the streets were a little less crowded, but I'll always prefer the summer version of everything:

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

chocolate jacques bockel colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france
I call this one "Yelling at incompetent photographer-fiancé while holding ice cream in Colmar, France."

colmar, france

It was really good ice cream, though.
colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

colmar, france

Back home in Basel, we had a (very small) dinner at home and loudly played drunken Italian card games late into the night. While eating macaroons, of course.


I insisted on screaming "SCOPA!!" after every turn, as if it were Uno, because that's how Americans play cards.


And, to end on a sweet note, our midnight snack...


4 comments:

Helen Chik said...

Wow this town looks absolutely amazing, the buildings the little streets are just fantastic!

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sepatuholig-Grace Njio said...

I want cheese fondue!!!!! Great photos! looks like youre having a grand time!
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Lucia Florence said...

the houses, streets and buildings! It looks like something out of a story book! definitely not the new york you were used to i'm sure! and that FOOD!!!!!!!! MMMMMMM.
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Valentina R said...

Lovely post darling! have an amazing sunday!
xo
Valentina
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