Im not saying I looked as good as those people in the pictures, but I got to bike through fields like that on Sunday! Theres a group of roads called La route des vins, it goes through most of southern Alsace, which is the region Strasbourg is in.
Friday late afternoon a friend from junior high school arrived in Strasbourg - which was incredibly exciting! Reconnecting in France after 3 years of not seeing each other, I had an awesome weekend showing her around Strasbourg and exploring Alsace with her. Saturday wasn't the best city exploring weather, but we made the best of it! We checked out the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, Centre-ville, Petite France and la Musée d'art moderne et contemporaine. I had already walked around some of these places, but it was great to explore them in more depth! I found it really interesting being in the cathedral with someone who had more knowledge of religion than I do, because I was able to learn so much more.
- the astronomical clock ~ figurines above it move on the hour -
- admiring the stained glass windows -
After enjoying a tarte flambée in Petite France and strolling through the cute little streets and half-timbered houses, we visited Strasbourg's contemporary and modern art museum. I can see how people have mixed feelings about it, but I absolutely loved it! The coloured windows around the building were the cherry on top for me. It had a good variety of art but the museum flowed well, had an intriguing "female forms in art" temporary exhibit and a great photography section.
So, to the best part of our weekend now - our makeshift road/bike trip! We took a blabla car (a ride sharing website for Europe - blablacar.com) to and from Colmar, with wonderfully friendly drivers both ways! When we got into Colmar, our first stop was at Musée Unterlinden, which is reportedly the best museum in Alsace. It has a great combination of the area's history, religion, contemporary and modern art. The museum itself is housed in history - its split between the old municipal baths and the old town church.
We then did the self guided walking tour around Colmar, which took us about an hour. We picked up maps at the tourist office across from the museum which had a great, clear route around the town that showed us everything we wanted to see! Petite Venise and old Douane areas were my personal favourites.
After munching on our picnic lunch in a square, we rented bikes at Colmar Velo, beside the train station, got ourselves a bike route map and headed off towards Eguishiem! As someone who consistently gets lost, I was really impressed with how easy it was to get there - besides biking straight into the wind for 5km across farm fields. But despite the wind and a couple hills, it was a breathtaking bike ride through the forest, along a river and finishing through fields and fields of root vegetables and a couple vineyards, ending at the entrance to Eguishiem.
Eguishiem was named "France's favourite village 2013" as well as being on the most beautiful villages list since 2004, plus it has won numerous France and European awards for it's florals - even in April, they were starting to get pretty impressive! The village is set up as a circle with La Grande Rue crossing through the middle, from the entrance to the far side where a stork sanctuary lies. We took our time strolling through, visiting the birds and tasting wine. Because you can't go to the Wine Road without buying some wine! We got back to Colmar after approximately 25km of biking, countless cobblestone streets explored, a couple wines tested and an uncountable amount of laughs shared. All in all, the perfect day exploring Alsace!