|Standing amidst the beautiful half-timbered houses with Rick in hand|
After dropping of our bags and consulting Rick on the best place for a wine-tasting, we headed to a cute wine bistro where we were educated on the Alsace wines and cheeses of the region. Two of our favorites were the Pino Gris and Gewurztraminer, both with a bit of a spicy kick. We bought a couple bottles here, but then loaded up at the Cora, like a French Cosco, on our way out of town.
|Enjoying a Gerwurztraminer at a wine bistro|
We were so fortunate to have gorgeous weather and mild temps during our overnight and we could not take enough pictures of this town with eye-catching color and architecture every way you turn. Colmar has a beautiful canal running through an area of town called Petit Venis.
|A view of our hotel (green building) in Petit Venis|
We lucked out on some last minute deals at the
That evening, we had a fabulous dinner of Alsatian stew and escargot and afterward enjoyed walking around the town oh-so-strategically lit to showcase its beautiful buildings.
The next morning, we headed to the one and only touristic site of Colmar (other than the city itself), the Unterlinden Museum. This quickly became one of my favorite museums in all of Europe with an excellent floorplan, in an old Dominican convent, and informative audio guides on the various exhibits. The vast number of medieval paintings were impressive, but the highlight was viewing the Isenheim altar peice by Grünewald. Just as every American knows the Mona Lisa, every German knows this work of art, displaying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus on one side and his resurrection and ascension on the other. Seeing it exhibited in the cathedral was especially moving.
Brief as it was, our visit to quaint Colmar, exceeded its expectations as we were able to view gorgeous architecture, partake in wine-tasting, explore the culinary delights of the city and even take in a bit of the museum culture. Now, onward to Switzerland!