Thursday, 17 August 2017

Weekend Trip to Colmar, France

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Being located in the center of Europe comes with a string of advantages. One of those benefits is the close proximity of great travel destinations for a weekend getaway, just like the quaint town of Colmar in the Alsace region of eastern France. The last bank holiday here was just a perfect moment for a weekend trip to Colmar in France. Imagine colourful timbered houses, little canals, good white wines, rolling hills, and yummy tartes flambées – welcome to the Alsace!

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

For me as an avid traveler between Germany and France it was a first time visit to the Alsace region. Unlike my flights from Munich to Paris where you go from clearly Germany to ‘franchement’ la France, the road trip to Colmar was a totally different experience. A 4-5 hours car drive from Munich is all it takes. The transition from Deutschland to la France is very smooth and hardly noticeable. You cross the river Rhine and suddenly you notice French signs. Yet most of the towns and villages have German sounding names.

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar is a real gem in the Alsace. The city has a very well preserved city center and a picturesque quarter called ‘Little Venice’ with colourful timbered houses and little canals. As always, be aware that you won’t be the only one admiring those beauties. The world knows about Colmar’s beauty! I spent 3 days in Colmar and thus I haven’t got a whole lot of travel tips for Colmar, but what I saw and what I liked is here for you to use – if you ever decide to visit Colmar in France.

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Let’s talk about accommodation first: I was staying at the beautiful ‘La Maison des Têtes’ – a great option if you like a comfy design hotel in the city center. The service is top notch, the rooms were beautiful, and the hotel has a lush and green courtyard in a historic building from the 16th century. From the hotel you’re only a stone’s throw of the most relevant and interesting sights. Close by is the beautiful Unterlinden museum – alas I did not visit it as the weather was just too nice for indoors activities. If you just want a short glance of local art, opt for the ‘Hansi museum’ just opposite of the hotel. ‘Uncle Hansi’ aka Jean-Jacques Waltz was a French artist and activist of Alsatian origin. He is mostly known for his drawings depicting Alsatian life during and after occupation.

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

The best way to enjoy Colmar is by foot as the city center is not too big and you can visit most sights in the course of a day. Let yourself be drawn in by the atmosphere and divert from the beaten paths. You will find yourself wandering small and winding alleys full of charm. Little Venice is obviously the touristy center of Colmar. Go there and take a boat trip. You will enjoy a lovely 30 minutes ride and get some insights from your boatman. You can board next to the restaurant La Krutenau where you can buy tickets at the bar inside. Once you’re there enjoy a good Alsatian lunch – opt for the local Riesling and a tarte flambée! You will love it!

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

There are many more good options for food in town. My friend Louise who went there a few weeks earlier recommended the restaurant L’Epicurien. Unfortunately it was closed during my visit. A great place to enjoy a sweet afternoon break, a healthy lunch, or hearty breakfast is the Atelier de Yann. Oh my, their chocolates are to die for! Go order a coffee and you’ll get a divine handmade chocolate praline. I ended up buying a full bag of chocolates afterwards!

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

I also used the opportunity to visit two close by villages called Eguisheim and Kaysersberg. Both villages have been selected ‘the prettiest villages of France’ in 2013 (the first) and 2017 (the latter). Now this honor comes with a good influx of tourists but both places are charmingly picturesque. They feel like little film sets from a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Both places are a 10-15 minutes car drive away from Colmar’s city center so it is pretty easy to go and visit both places during one afternoon. Here again, let yourself be drawn in by the surroundings and wander around. You will discover little shops, cafés, restaurant. I brought back some traditional ‘Pain d’épices’ (you can also opt for the traditional Kougelhopf cake).

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In a nutshell: I can recommend a weekend trip to Colmar in France. It is really charming and beautiful. It feels like a trip back in time. However, maybe you want to avoid big bank holiday weekends as it get can pretty packed. But other than that: Get a bottle of Riesling, a tarte flambée, et profites-en!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

 

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Drive By: Highland Park in Dallas (and video!)

Come with us on a Highland Park Neighborhood Drive By! Hey friends! You all know how I love driving through neighborhoods and admiring beautiful homes, right? We call them drive bys ’round here. Well, my daughter Courtney was in Dallas, Texas this past weekend with friends and they drove by some jaw-dropping beauties in the […]

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Back to School Organization: Homework & Home Office

Are you in need of some back to school and home office organization? I know I am!  Build Your Own – Daily System Fall is almost here and that means back to school season is upon us. If you’re like me, you’re probably realizing about now that it’s time to get back into the swing […]

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

People who inspire me: Claudetta Böttcher

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It is time for a new feature in my blog series ‘People who inspire me’ and today I want to introduce you to a German fellow blogger with a wonderful style: Claudetta Böttcher of ‘Do it but do it now’. The Berlin based blogger is an ongoing inspiration for me: Her photography has that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, maybe a sort of Berlin vibe, her interior style is full of personality and beautiful vintage objects, and well she has a photogenic cat too. Good prerequisites for such a feature, right? But let’s have a closer look into the work and home of Claudetta.

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Claudetta’s home is a sort of epitome of Berlin interior style to me. Raw concrete walls are paired with vintage furniture, fleamarket finds, art, plants, and a cat of course. And the total result is more than the sum of its parts: It is a very personal, vibrant, and inspiring home. Claudetta is not only talented when it comes to interior styling though. Her photography is remarkably beautiful. Whenever I see a new pic on her Instagram account, I am fascinated. But then again why do I wonder – she works as a freelance photographer so obviously she is a great photographer and knows how to immortalize beautiful scenes.

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Claudetta has been blogging on ‘Do it but do it now’ for more than three years and covers topics such as interiors, DIY projects, food, Berlin lifestyle, and travels. Recently she went on a trip to Belgrade and I loved her travel reports from the Serbian capital. This inspiring mix is already pretty attractive to me, but I think I am mostly in love with her work about interiors. Probably it is also her soft spot for plants that catches my eye whenever I see her work. And that cute cat helps too – and hey, isn’t today the World Cat Day? How very appropriate!

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interior, interior styling, vintage, Berlin home, Berlin interiors, German interior bloggers, blogger style, People who inspire me, vintage style

Another great side effect of reading Claudetta’s blog: She has excellent Berlin travel tips! So if you ever consider a trip to the German capital, make sure to check Claudetta’s Berlin section on her blog. Great coffee places, restaurants, shops, and other very ‘instagrammable’ places in Berlin are featured on her blog alongside inspiring home stories. Also one of my all-time Berlin favorites is featured on her blog – see it HERE.

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interior, interior styling, vintage, Berlin home, Berlin interiors, German interior bloggers, blogger style, People who inspire me, vintage style

I hope you enjoyed the little introduction to the work of Claudetta Böttcher and her inspiring blog. Make sure to check out her blog ‘Do it but do it now’ as well as her cool Instagram account. See you next week with a new story from the ‘People who inspire me’!

Photography by Claudetta Böttcher, portrait photo by Jules Villbrandt

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