We were heading to Europe for a few months, flying into Paris and picking up our leased car. This is a much cheaper way of having a car in Europe for a few months than a rental and gave us a brand-new Peugeot. It was MUCH smaller than it looked in the pictures so there was a lot of interesting language while trying to get us all in plus suitcases and Darwin. But we did it and set off for our first few days in Colmar. This is a small town in the Grand Est region of northeastern France, very near the border with Germany.

The old town is very atmospheric with cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. The Gothic 13th-century, Eglise Saint-Martin church stands in the central Place de la Cathédrale and the whole town is like a fairy-tale place. It is also on the Alsace Wine Route, with a special focus in Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines (sweet for me but loads of great beers too).

There are some nice museums and places to visit. Plenty to do for quite a few days.

We enjoyed multiple meals of sausages, sauerkraut, and hefty dumplings plus a lovely pizza-type meal of flammekueche which is cheese and onion on a base of cream and then grilled. Heavy but delicious.

One evening we met up with online friends from a big FB group we are part of. We do check-ins each week and often connect with people who are in the same place. It’s really fun to meet new people and learn where we are all traveling to.

Our time was short in Colmar but we really want to go back and especially for the Christmas market as apparently it’s really incredible. Put it on the list!