(a stork sign!)
(gourmet--sets the price of wine. Seems like a nice job to have in town...)
and sat on a bench in the sun overlooking vineyards for a bit, until 930 when some stores (grocery at first) slowly began to open.
We bought a munster covered bretzel with bacon pieces on top to eat for breakfast. Pretzels are a big deal in Alsace (bretzel is how they spell it).
Tourists had just started arriving and by ten most of the stores and churches opened.
(inside the Protestant church)
we were ready to head outside the town walls to start towards our next stop by 11.
After a thirty minute walk (5 to 10 minutes of which was way too uphill) through vineyards,
we came upon Hunawihr.
This town was very small, with a sixteenth century fortified church, Church of St. Jacques le Majeur, shared by Catholics and Protestants.
Once outside we noticed the skies were getting very ominous so, after a few pictures in the walled cemetery, we headed down into town.
(grapes on the cross)
We breaked here for lunch...a small goat cheese salad with a French ham.
So good! We were like the only two tourists in town and had the restaurant all to our selves. It had just started to rain, too, so it was a very fortuitous restaurant find.
Next about 30 minutes walk through vineyards to our last village of the day, Ribeauville.
The ruins of three castles look down into the town from the surrounding hills.
The road took us into the center square of town and from there it was off to explore.
I loved the pretty spring decorations!
First we headed away from the bus stop towards the churches at the edge of the old town area.
(Traditional Alsatian headdress, but also a salon de the!)
From the churches, it was back down into town.
At 445 we caught a bus back to Colmar just outside of town.
Once back, we went up to the room for a little bit, before heading back out. We went to dinner early for France at 7 on the canal behind our hotel (most photographed spot in the city probably).
(our hotel from the restaurant's terrace where we ate)
I had a meat torte and salad with Muscat wine (Not a big fan, too dry).
I finished with a specialty of the area, a kugelhopf glace, an ice cream with light cake shell with fruits, almonds and cherry liqueur.
While sitting on the canal, we saw muskrat we think! After an evening walk to take one final look at Colmar and some night pics,
it was back to the hotel to pack.
Tomorrow, we move to our next city.
Trip Tip 1: The bus schedule was more for workers than tourists, so there were relatively few buses out of Colmar and they tended to be way earlier than a tourist would need to leave. For example, we walked to the gare (train station) to catch a 740 bus. That just means you can see whichever village you decide to visit before the rest of the tourists descend!
Trip Tip 2: We did ask directions in the TI (tourist info office) so we knew which way to walk out of Riquewihr, and they also gave us maps of the towns with more information about the buildings, etc. They also double checked the bus schedule for us, which ended up being very helpful since we were ready to go from Ribeauville earlier than I had anticipated.