Friday, October 17, 2008

DAYS 5 & 6 OF CANAL TRIP IN ALSACE

This morning began with an early cruise to and tour of Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, which because we spent a full day there at the end of our trip I will get back to later. We had time to walk and bike along the canal as the barge traveled through a series of locks, and past picturesque towns. We also enjoyed games and reading on the barge and just visiting with our fellow travelers. The one exception I will make for photos from this day is the beautiful swans that we were able to photograph at water level from the barge lower windows after me moored at Strasbourg.

The next day we were bussed to the charming town of Colmar which was elevated in statis from a village to a municipality in the 11th century when it came under the direct rule of the Emperor. Our Statue of Liberty, a gift of France 120 years ago, was created by Auguste Bartholdi, a sculptor who came from Colmar, and as we entered the city we pass a replicate of his work.

The school children of Colmar are a charming as the town.

The town abounds with wonderful restaurants with outdoor seating which are crowded with diners even when the temperatures are cool.

And shops advertised by their charming signs hung from the buildings.

And flowers galore.


The area know as "Little Venice is aptly named, and in my mind at least, surpassed the real Venice in beauty.


1 comment:

Sandy Sandy said...

SO CHARMING!!! OF COURSE I LOVE ALL YOUR PICTURES! The little girls are so cute and I especially love the sign and the flowers!!!