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Snowshoeing at Champ du Feu with Randonnée Verte

BelmontFrance

Listening to the sound of snow under your snowshoes and admiring beautiful snow-covered landscapes is tempting, isn’t it? Then, let’s go for a snowshoe walk! I really enjoy walking with snowshoes in the snow: you don’t have to learn any skills (you just have to walk!) and it lets you go in places usually not reachable with… Read more →

The best bars of Mulhouse

18/03/2016 - MulhouseFrance

Today, I decided to invite my blogger friend Philippe Trzebiatowski, from the excellent travel blog Vatebalader, to talk about a subject he knows well: bars in Mulhouse! Philippe is actually from Mulhouse and enjoys (a lot) going out: that’s why he is the ideal person to write this article! I give him the floor now… As I often… Read more →

Alsace-Moselle Memorial in Schirmeck

16/03/2016 - SchirmeckFrance

The Alsace-Moselle memorial is a museum recounting the history of Alsace and Moselle from 1870 to the period after the war, with a specific focus on the time after Second World war  (1939-1945). With this description, it might seem tedious, but the Museum is really well-done and the history of Alsace-Moselle is quite singular: did you… Read more →

Organic and vegetarian restaurants in Mulhouse

03/03/2016 - MulhouseFrance

Looking to eat organic, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free food in Mulhouse? Here is a short list of restaurants that you might find interesting.  Please note that all these restaurants offer interesting prices for lunch menus.

Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder

01/03/2016 - Wingen-sur-ModerFrance

The famous crystal glassworks Lalique is located in Wingen-sur-Moder, in the North of Alsace. The Lalique museum recounts the history of the manufacture and lets you discover the world and creations of René Lalique and his successors. This museum opened in 2011 and is spacious and modern. It’s a very beautiful place and I really enjoyed the visit! The exhibit… Read more →

Shopping Idea – Shop Avenue d’Alsace in Colmar

22/02/2016 - ColmarFrance

I discovered the shop Avenue d’Alsace during one of my first walks in Colmar. I was drawn to it by the pretty fabrics exhibited in the window and I entered the shop. I really liked it and I promised myself to come back and take some pictures! A pretty tea towel offered by some friends made me realize… Read more →

The (many!) museums of Mulhouse

19/02/2016 - MulhouseFrance

You often start visiting Mulhouse by going in one of its museums. There are many museums in Mulhouse on different themes. The industrial history of the town is shown, as well as fine arts or science. You’ll find something for every taste and for everyone!  This article will be regularly updated with my new visits, as… Read more →

My favorite restaurants in Colmar

18/02/2016 - ColmarFrance

Are you looking for a good restaurant in Colmar? Good news, there are actually a lot! To help you in making your choice, here is my selection of good addresses. I don’t know if they are the best restaurants in Colmar (it is in fact very subjective), but these are addresses I would recommend to friends asking for advice. … Read more →

Ski resort of Lac Blanc

17/02/2016 - Le BonhommeFrance

The ski resort of Lac Blanc is located in the Valley of Kaysersberg, between 900 m and 1,200 m of altitude. It is the closest ski resort to Colmar, the biggest station of the Massif des Vosges in Alsace and the third biggest of the whole massif (the first two being La Bresse and Gérardmer). With 14 km of slopes, Lac Blanc is still quite… Read more →

Carnival of Mulhouse

16/02/2016 - MulhouseFrance

There are many carnivals in Alsace around Mardi-Gras, i.e. during the months of February / March. Carnival is quite an important tradition in Alsace, much more so than in other French regions. This probably can be explained by the proximity of Germany and Switzerland, where carnival is also very important. The carnival of Mulhouse is one of the biggest… Read more →

Gîtes of Joël and Nathalie in Urschenheim, near Colmar

12/02/2016 - UrschenheimFrance

If you are looking to rent a gîte in Alsace, with a good location to easily visit the region, I found a good address in  Urschenheim, near Colmar. Nathalie and Joël, a friendly and welcoming couple, are the owners of two gîtes that they entirely did by themselves in the outbuildings of their house: the barn was therefore transformed… Read more →

A Saturday morning at Saint-Joseph market in Colmar

10/02/2016 - ColmarFrance

Saint-Joseph market is hold every Saturday in Colmar, on the place Saint-Joseph. The district Saint-Joseph is not generally a district visited by tourists. It has nothing really special, but it is still very nice: it has a “village” feel that makes it quite pleasant. This is all the more true on Saturday mornings, when all the regulars come… Read more →

Hôtel Le Colombier in Colmar – Charm and modernity

02/02/2016 - ColmarFrance

The Hôtel Le Colombier in Colmar is a charming 4 stars hotel, located in a big building dating from the 16th century. The decoration mixes harmoniously old pieces, such as the exposed beams, with more contemporary furniture. It’s a very beautiful hotel that I recommend for a stay in Colmar! My room at the Hôtel Le Colombier I… Read more →

What to do with kids in Mulhouse? 5 kid-friendly adresses

01/02/2016 - MulhouseFrance

For this article, I have invited Tiphanya from the blog Avenue Reine Mathilde. Tiphanya is specialized in family travel, has been living in Mulhouse for a while and is always on the lookout for good kid-friendly addresses. I’ll let her present her favorite addresses… Because of its industrial past, Mulhouse is often forgotten by tourists…. Read more →

Villa Elyane, a charming bed and breakfast in Colmar

28/01/2016 - ColmarFrance

Villa Elyane is an exceptional bed and breakfast in Colmar. Quite frankly, it is one of my favorites! It is located in a huge house from 1925. Inside, there is a really well-done mix of styles. The splendid woodwork, the stairs, the Art Nouveau stained-glass windows, as well as some elements of decoration have been preserved, but… Read more →

Sleigh ride drawn by a reindeer with Chemins du Nord

27/01/2016 - OrbeyFrance

If you are looking for an unusual activity in Alsace, I have just the right thing for you! A sleigh ride drawn by a reindeer in the pretty landscapes of the Vosges. This activity is offered by Chemins du Nord, a small company that also offers dogsled hikes, hikes with dogs, carriage rides… Anne-Lise and Frédéric, the founders… Read more →

Refuge du Lac Noir, in the Alsatian Vosges

16/01/2016 - OrbeyFrance

The refuge du Lac Noir belongs to the Association des Amis de la Nature du Val d’Orbey. It is located 200 meters from the Lac Noir, in the village of Orbey, in the Alsatian part of the Vosges. It is the ideal starting point (or arrival point) for hiking lovers! There is a lot of… Read more →

Tea ceremony at the Jardins de Gaïa

15/01/2016 - WittisheimFrance

Have you ever attended a tea ceremony? It is the experience offered by the Alsatian company Les Jardins de Gaïa, a specialist in organic and fair trade teas, within its own Maison du Thé located in Wittisheim (in the Plaine of Alsace). Tea ceremonies happen several Saturdays of the month, upon booking. Depending on these dates, it is possible to choose… Read more →

Pastry cooking class with Thierry Mulhaupt

11/01/2016 - MundolsheimFrance

Thierry Mulhaupt is one of the big names of pastry cooking and is known for its Tartes folles, pies with unique flavors. I already told you about it in my list of the best pâtisseries in Colmar, but Mulhaupt is also present in Strasbourg. It is actually near Strasbourg, in Mundolsheim, that is located one of its fabrication workshop,… Read more →

4 unusual places and walks in Mulhouse

10/01/2016 - MulhouseFrance

For this post, I invited Nathalie and Marie-Eve from the blog My Mulhouse to talk to us about a few unusual places in their town, Mulhouse. Here are their favorites!  Forget all clichés you might have about Mulhouse and discover an appealing town : as a « capital » of graffiti artists and vegans, up from above from its belvédère and from inside… Read more →

Riquewihr, a village on the Alsace Wine Route

05/01/2016 - RiquewihrFrance

Who doesn’t know about Riquewihr? This adorable village located on the Alsace Wine Route is often a must-see for people coming to visit the region. And rightly so, because one can only admit that Riquewihr is a very beautiful place. We might criticize its touristy shops and the fact that crowds descend upon the village regularly, but a visit to Riquewihr is… Read more →

Ribeauvillé Medieval Christmas market

19/12/2015 - RibeauvilléFrance

Ribeauvillé Christmas market is a unique Christmas market, as it has a medieval theme. Ribeauvillé does things very well: you really dive into a medieval atmosphere throughout the market and there are numerous activities offered to visitors. Moreover, the town is beautifully decorated and there are various activities for visitors. The town is also beautifully decorated…. Read more →

Ottmarsheim Christmas market

18/12/2015 - OttmarsheimFrance

Ottmarsheim is a small Alsatian town close to the German border, not far from Mulhouse. Ottmarsheim Christmas market is called the”Christmas market of Museums and Creators”. Indeed, they put the emphasis on regional museums, which all have their own, as well as on local creators. Needless to say, this results in a very good market! It is not huge,… Read more →

Christmas at the Pays des Lumières

17/12/2015 - SaverneFrance

During Christmas time, Alsace is divided into 7 “countries”, a way to group regions together according to their Christmas traditions. The Pays des Lumières (The Country of Lights) is located around Saverne, in the north of Alsace. It includes for example the towns of Bouxwiller, Wasselonne, Marmoutier, la Petite Pierre or Hengwiller.  The Pays des Lumières is not the… Read more →

Christmas at the Alsace Ecomuseum

16/12/2015 - UngersheimFrance

I have already written here about the Alsace Ecomuseum, a place that I really love. It is a very lively museum, entirely dedicated to Alsatian culture. It is a real village where you can walk freely and where you can enjoy various activities. Alsace Ecomuseum is open from the end of November till the beginning of… Read more →

Blue Christmas, Guebwiller Christmas market

15/12/2015 - GuebwillerFrance

Guebwiller Christmas market is called “Blue Christmas”. Why this name? First of all, for the blue line of the Vosges, at the foot of which is located the town. Then, for “Bleu de Deck”, a turquoise blue created by the ceramicist Théodore Deck in the 19th century, who was from Guebwiller. Guebwiller Christmas market is therefore organized around this theme. During… Read more →

Kaysersberg Christmas Market

12/12/2015 - KaysersbergFrance

Kaysersberg Christmas market is one of my favorites in Alsace. I am already completely in love with this adorable village of the Alsace Wine Route on a normal day, but Christmas times give it an additional charm. I love wandering the cobblestone streets, all the while admiring the illuminated façades and diving into the Christmas… Read more →

Advent wreath workshop in Kaysersberg

11/12/2015 - KaysersbergFrance

Do you want to learn how to make beautiful Advent wreaths by yourself? I have just the thing for you: a Christmas wreath workshop organised by Sylvie, the florist from Brindille et pom de pin in Kaysersberg. Whether it is a wreath to hang to your door or to put on the table, Sylvie will guide you step-by-step to make one. It’s perfect… Read more →

Shopping idea in Alsace – Tissage Gander, the art of Alsatian Kelsch

MuttersholtzFrance

Tissage Gander is an Alsace company approved by the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant and located in Muttersholtz, in the Plaine of Alsace, not far from Sélestat. For 7 generations, the Gander family has been making typical Alsatian fabrics (including kelsch). Kelsch is a linen or hemp cloth (a mix of cotton and linen), traditionally checked. You probably have already seen kelsch, in winstubs or hotels. I am totally in love with… Read more →

Ultralight airplane flight with Aéros Air in Mulhouse

10/12/2015 - RixheimFrance

After trying out paramotor and helicopter, I had to try ultralight airplane! An ultralight airplane is a multi-axis microlight. For a non-connoisseur, it looks like an airplane on every angle, but slightly smaller. I took part in a flight with Aéros Air, which is based at Mulhouse-Habsheim airport and directed by Hugues, a very friendly man. Hugues has been passionate about… Read more →

Colmar Christmas Market

09/12/2015 - ColmarFrance

Colmar Christmas Market is my favorite Christmas Market in Alsace. I was dazzled by the beauty of the town dressed in its Christmas attire the first time I went and I am still filled with wonder every single year. Needless to say that Colmar is a splendid city in all seasons: colorful half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, small canals through… Read more →

Old books and calligraphy at the Cabinet de Curiosités in Colmar

ColmarFrance

I went in the Cabinet de Curiosités by chance. Quite frankly, I had seen the jams and gingerbread of Christine Ferber in the window display and I was irresistibly drawn. It’s then that I realized I didn’t know this shop of Colmar. And what beautiful things you can find inside! Old books, engravings, drawings, photographs, paintings, pretty little objects such as… Read more →

Mulhouse Christmas Market

MulhouseFrance

Mulhouse Christmas Market, called “Etofféeries”, is not the most known market of Alsace, but it still deserves an article, because it’s a market that I really like. It is smaller than Colmar or Strasbourg Christmas Markets, but it is also part of the reason why I like it. The atmosphere is quite intimate: you will find here… Read more →

Hôtel Graffalgar in Strasbourg – Design and urban art

02/12/2015 - StrasbourgFrance

The hotel Graffalgar in Strasbourg is a modern and innovative hotel. What is the concept? Each room has been decorated by different local artists. The style is very urban, as if there was a street art work in each room! Common areas are not outdone, since they also have been decorated by the artists. The hotel regularly hosts various… Read more →

Shopping idea in Alsace – Staub cocottes in Turckheim

01/12/2015 - TurckheimFrance

The company Staub was created in 1974 in Turckheim by Francis Staub, an Alsatian man born in  Colmar. The company is famous for its enameled cast iron cocottes, that are found in numerous French and foreign kitchens. Staub was bought in 2008 by the German group Zwilling, but the products are still manufactured in the North of France. So what exactly… Read more →

Christmas markets in Alsace

30/11/2015 - AlsaceFrance

There is a reason why Alsace is famous for its Christmas markets. During the holiday season, the whole region plays along and uses its imagination to best decorate houses and towns. It’s a real moment of joy in contrast with the sadness of winter! My advice: visit Christmas markets at the end of the afternoon,… Read more →

Discovering the Marqueterie d’art Spindler

BœrschFrance

The marqueterie Spindler is an art marquetry famous worldwide and located in the old abbey of Saint-Léonard in Boersch, very close to Obernai in Alsace. It is a very old company, as it has been created in 1897 by Charles Spindler and was then transmitted from father to son. The owner is now Jean-Charles Spindler, the grandson of the founder. It has the… Read more →

Organic (and vegetarian) restaurants in Colmar

ColmarFrance

There are not so many organic restaurants in Colmar. There are actually only three, but these three are all good spots. Please note that these restaurants are also suitable for vegetarians, as they also serve delicious veggie dishes.

Tour of the brewery of Saint-Louis

20/11/2015 - Saint-LouisFrance

The brewery of Saint-Louis is an artisanal brewery located, as its name may suggest, in the village of Saint-Louis, in the South of Alsace (at the border with Basel in Switzerland). The brewery of Saint-Louis opens its doors every first Saturdays of the month. The guided tour starts with the brewery in itself and is led by the… Read more →

First helicopter flight in Colmar with Hélitravaux

ColmarFrance

A first helicopter flight… now that is an original way to discover Alsace and to discover new sensations! The company Hélitravaux is located at the Colmar-Houssen airport and offers first flights of 8 to 30 minutes. The routes offered will allow you to fly over the Alsace Wine Route, the Valley of Munster, to admire the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle or Mont Saint-Odile…… Read more →

The Domaine de la Léonardsau, a superb park in Obernai

ObernaiFrance

I have discovered by chance the Domaine de la Léonardsau, while I was coming to Saint-Léonard, at the foot of Mont Sainte-Odile, to visit Spindler Art Marquetry. The place looked stunning and I decided to have a look after my tour. This was a great idea and I got to discover a beautiful, but unknown place. The domaine… Read more →

Chocolate Museum in Strasbourg

GeispolsheimFrance

The Chocolate Museum in Strasbourg belongs to the French brand Marquise de Sévigné and is actually located next to its manufacturing factory. It offers a chocolate discovery tour for adults and children. The visit of the museum starts with an interactive tasting. Visitors receive four chocolates and are installed in an amphitheater. A video will then guide… Read more →

Hotel Quatorze, a 4 star hotel in Colmar

17/11/2015 - ColmarFrance

The hotel Quatorze is a four-star hotel located in Alsace, right in the town center of Colmar. It is a small hotel located in an old building, but with a decidedly design atmosphere. It makes for a nice contrast and it is definitely original for Colmar! I enjoyed very much this contemporary decoration, as well as the general… Read more →

The best patisseries of Colmar

08/11/2015 - ColmarFrance

Where can I find the best patisserie of Colmar? Here is a really important question for all  the foodies, including myself! You will find here my selection of patisseries. There is no order amongst them and they have all their own character! 

Virtual Flight, a flight simulator on a Boeing 737

RodernFrance

Have you always wanted to get inside a cockpit and to see how to fly an airliner? It is possible thanks to a flight simulator. I have tested for you the Virtual Flight simulator located in Rodern, near Ribeauvillé and not far from Colmar, which reproduces in details the dashboard of a Boeing 737-800 and its various features. The CEO of Virtual Flight,… Read more →

La Volerie des Aigles and its impressive birds of prey

21/10/2015 - KintzheimFrance

La Volerie des Aigles is, as the Montagne des Singes, one of the must-do activities for children in Alsace. I actually went there when I was a kid visiting Alsace with my parents. I didn’t remember it very well, so it was great to go back and visit it again. La Volerie des Aigles is located in quite an… Read more →

First microlight paramotor flight near Colmar

OstheimFrance

Do your know what is a microlight paramotor? Simply speaking, it is a sort of paraglider equipped with a motor. The motor is not used to move forward like an airplane, but just to go up in altitude. It is actually the sail that will enable it to fly. It did my first flight in a tandem… Read more →

Shopping idea in Alsace – Christine Ferber’s jams

19/10/2015 - NiedermorschwihrFrance

Christine Ferber is the “jam fairy“; that’s the nickname newspapers are giving her. Her jams are known worldwide and served in the best Paris luxury hotels. When I settled in Alsace, it is actually one of the first place anyone recommended to me. The first time I dipped a spoon into one of the jars of jam of Christine Ferber,… Read more →

Transhumance festival in Muhlbach-sur-Munster

15/10/2015 - Muhlbach-sur-MunsterFrance

The Transhumance festival of Muhlbach-sur-Munster is the most important transhumance festival in the Vosges. It celebrates the downward transhumance, i.e. the time when cows come down from the alpine pastures after the summer, to spend winter in the plains. Muhlbach is located in the Valley of Munster, a pretty valley south of Colmar in Alsace. The program of this popular… Read more →

It’s fall, let’s all go to free apple picking!

14/10/2015 - SigolsheimFrance

Do you know the concept of free picking? It consist of picking by yourself your own fruits, flowers or vegetables in an orchard or vegetable garden open especially by a producer. Free picking is quite common in Alsace and it is therefore very easy to find farms where to directly pick your fruits and vegetables. Some of… Read more →

I tested… Visiting Mulhouse with a Greeter

MulhouseFrance

Would you like to visit Mulhouse, but not conventionally? Would you like to discover the town through the eyes of its inhabitants? In that case, I think I have what you need: a tour of Mulhouse with a greeter. What is a greeter? A greeter is a volunteer living in Mulhouse, who loves their town, enjoys cultural exchange and wishes… Read more →

Shopping idea in Alsace – Beauvillé table linens

RibeauvilléFrance

Would you like to bring back a nice souvenir from Alsace, that is not Made in China but guaranteed Made in Alsace? Let’s go to the factory shop Beauvillé, located in Ribeauvillé, a nice village on the Alsace Wine Route. Beauvillé is an Alsatian company of luxury textiles, making  printed linens: mainly tablecloths, napkins and tea towels. Beauvillé factory exists for over two centuries and… Read more →

Guided tour of Colmar old town

08/10/2015 - ColmarFrance

The tourist office of Colmar offers several guided tours for individuals, including a tour of the old town. This is a fairly standard tour, but make no mistake: I have learned a lot in this tour, even if I live in Colmar! Turns out, we don’t always know very well our own town… The guide will… Read more →

Visit of the Zoo of Mulhouse

04/10/2015 - MulhouseFrance

The Zoo of Mulhouse is a huge park spreading across 25 hectares. It is actually not only a zoo, but a zoological and botanical garden, as there is large areas for trees and flowers. It is one of the must-dos of Alsace for children. You can see several rare and often endangered animal species. The park is… Read more →

Eguisheim, a village on the Alsace Wine Route

28/09/2015 - EguisheimFrance

Eguisheim is a typical Alsatian village located next to Colmar, on the Alsace wine route. It is known to have been chosen as the Favorite Village of the French people (“Village préféré des Français” in 2013. But that’s not all… Eguisheim is also part of the very exclusive club of the Most beautiful villages of France. It is inevitably quite… Read more →

Summer illuminations of the Cathedral of Strasbourg

15/09/2015 - StrasbourgFrance

Every summer, the cathedral of Strasbourg puts on illuminations at nightfall. A sound and light show takes place every evening for the delight of tourists and locals! The show is different every year and it’s hard to get tired of it… it’s absolutely splendid! It usually takes place on the west facade of the cathedral (the one with the rose window and… Read more →

I tested the tourist Grape Harvest in Alsace!

13/09/2015 - GertwillerFrance

The arrival of September is synonymous with the grape harvest in the Alsatian vineyard. I, for one, had always wanted to see from up close the wine harvest process. But how would I be able to do it, unless I knew a wine grower or I was hired as a grape harvester for the season?… Read more →

The Crest Road by car

10/09/2015 - StosswihrFrance

The Crest Road is a road on the Vosges crest, between Sainte-Marie aux Mines and Cernay. It is a stunning road to walk, but if you don’t enjoy walking, it’s also very nice to do it by car! I tried this option on a beautiful summer day. There was a little bit of mist on that day, but the… Read more →

Hike around Sondernach, in the Valley of Munster (7h)

07/09/2015 - SondernachFrance

Here is the itinerary for a loop hike around the dell of Sondernach in the Valley of Munster. I have done this hike in September with the Club Vosgien of Colmar. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t really good that day and the pictures do not do justice to the landscape. This hike offers pretty views over the surrounding Vosges, valleys and even the Alsace… Read more →

Bergheim, a village on the Alsace Wine Route

03/09/2015 - BergheimFrance

Bergheim is a charming village located on the Alsace Wine Route, not too far from Colmar. Less known than other villages such as Kaysersberg or Riquewihr, Bergheim still deserves a visit. The advantage is that you will not see many tourists around! Bergheim is not exclusively pedestrian, but it’s better to explore it on foot. Take the time to walk… Read more →

Cycling to the restaurant Les Amis de la Lauch in Colmar

01/09/2015 - ColmarFrance

Looking for nature without getting out of Colmar? The restaurant Les Amis de la Lauch is maybe what you are looking for! Located in the Maraîchers district, it is a very pleasant place: you will feel like you are in the countryside, and this just only minutes away from Colmar town center. No wonder that the people of Colmar love going… Read more →

The Haut-Barr Castle and the Devil’s Bridge

27/08/2015 - SaverneFrance

The Haut-Barr castle is located in Saverne, in the North of Alsace. I had the chance to discover it during a hike around Saverne, during which we stopped to visit it. I am not usually passionate about castles, especially not about those in ruins, but the visit of this castle turned out to be worth it. The Haut-Barr castle is a… Read more →

Obernai, a town on the Alsace Wine Route

ObernaiFrance

Obernai is a small town located on the Alsace Wine Route, between Colmar and Strasbourg. It is one of the unmissable stops when visiting Alsace, and for good reasons: Obernai is full of charm ! Former medieval city, Obernai still counts numerous lovely old houses, as well as fortified walls. It is very pleasant to stroll in the little streets, while admiring… Read more →

Hike around Mittlach, in the Valley of Munster (6h)

25/08/2015 - MittlachFrance

Here is the itinerary for a loop hike starting in Mittlach, in the Valley of Munster, going through the famous Crest Road. I did this hike in July with the Club Vosgien of Colmar. The weather was stormy that day, so the idea was to go on the Crest Road while the weather was ok, and to slowly go down… Read more →

Wesserling park and Textile ecomuseum

23/08/2015 - Husseren-WesserlingFrance

Wesserling park is a unique place, as it is located on the grounds of an old 18th century Royale manufacture of printed fabrics, which became later on a hub for textile industry. The whole site was transformed in a unique place, welcoming a park, a museum (textile ecomuseum) and places for artistic creation. The park is pleasant… Read more →

Chocolate workshop at Daniel Stoffel

20/08/2015 - RibeauvilléFrance

Take note all gourmets! The Chocolaterie du Vignoble Daniel Stoffel, located in Ribeauvillé (not far from Colmar in Alsace), regularly offers chocolate workshops. The aim is to learn how to make delicious chocolate sweets by yourself. There are different themes, but I chose to attend the workshop « Chocolate Bonbons ». The idea was to learn how to make praline filled chocolates…. Read more →

The village and castle of Ferrette

11/08/2015 - FerretteFrance

Ferrette is a village located in Southern Alsace, in the Sundgau. This is the Alsatian Jura, just at the border with Switz Jura. Ferrette has recently been in the spotlight by taking part in the 2015 TV programme “Le village préféré des Français” (The favorite village of the French), where it finished in 6th place. The village is nestled at the foot of the castle of… Read more →

Gyms in Colmar

05/08/2015 - ColmarFrance

You will find here the gyms in Colmar, for all fitness and muscle-building fans! As always on this blog, the idea is to share with you my experience and not to simply list all fitness clubs. There will be more addresses added when I try out new ones.

Le Sonnenhof, a quirky camping in Southern Alsace

28/07/2015 - DiefmattenFrance

Le Sonnenhof is a unique camping located in Diefmatten in the Sundgau (in the South of Alsace). In this camping you won’t find mobile homes, but yurts, tepees, wigwams, Canadian tents and small chalets. It’s a new place and it’s still missing a little bit of landscaping, but it’s very pleasant. The Sundgau countryside is peaceful and has beautiful views over… Read more →

Hike around Saverne (7h)

22/07/2015 - SaverneFrance

Here is the itinerary for a pretty hike around Saverne, that I did in July with the Club Vosgien. You will be able to admire beautiful castle ruins (the highlight being Haut-Barr Castle) and superb panoramic views over the neighboring summits of the Vosges, as well as over the Alsace plains. The main stops of this hike are: Greifenstein Castle->Saint-Vit Cave->Rappenfels->Stambach->Krappenfels->Brotsch… Read more →

Swimming at Kruth-Wildenstein lake, in the Vosges

17/07/2015 - KruthFrance

Summers are often hot in Alsace and we are always longing for a swim. Of course, you can go to a pool, but it’s not very special. Swimming in a lake in Alsace is much more fun! Kruth-Wildenstein lake is an artificial lake located in the Massif des Vosges, more specifically in the Valley of Thann, in the South of Alsace…. Read more →

Where to buy the best Kouglof in Colmar?

10/07/2015 - ColmarFrance

Where to buy the best Kouglof in Colmar? I give you here my 3 favorite addresses offering kougelhopfs in Colmar: all three are excellent. You can choose to have it sprinkled with icing sugar or not. Stop at the patisserie early in the morning, when they just came out of the oven… it’s even tastier! If you believe that kougelhopf… Read more →

Mont Sainte-Odile, a must-do in Alsace

09/07/2015 - OttrottFrance

A visit to Mont Sainte-Odile is a must-do when visiting Alsace. The place is actually very impressive. On top of this Vosges mountain, you will find a very beautiful abbey, from which you can enjoy superb views over the Alsace plain and the Black Forest on one side and the Vosges mountains on the other side. Mont… Read more →

Visit of the former Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp

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Struthof is an important place of memory in Alsace. It is indeed located where the former Natzwiller-Struthof concentration camp stood. It was the only concentration camp in France and was open by Nazis in 1941. In addition of the visit of the former concentration camp, it is also possible to visit a museum that was built in one of the camp barracks,… Read more →

Kayserberg, a village on the Alsace Wine Route

08/07/2015 - KaysersbergFrance

Kaysersberg is one of my favorite villages in Alsace. Located on the Wine Route, it is not far from Colmar and has mad charm during the Christmas market, but also all year round. I actually prefer it outside of Christmas time, maybe during spring or summer, when everything is in bloom. I highly recommend you to go there during your… Read more →

Lac Blanc’s barefoot trail

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The barefoot trail of the Lac Blanc is located in the Parc d’Aventures of the Lac Blanc. Lac Blanc is a ski resort near Colmar. In summer, you can hike, bike, mountain bike, try “accrobranche” and… walk a barefoot trail! The concept of barefoot trails was born in Germany. The idea is to rediscover forgotten sensations, to reconnect with nature and to benefit from… Read more →

Kientzheim, a village on the Alsace Wine Route

07/07/2015 - KientzheimFrance

Kientzheim is a village on the Alsace Wine Route, very close to Kaysersberg. Beware not to confuse this village with Kintzheim, located further north in Alsace. Kientzheim is not necessarily very well-known, but is worth a visit. The village is small, but very cute, with beautiful and colorful half-timbered houses, old fortified walls and the castle of Confrérie Saint-Etienne. It also… Read more →

5* Hotel in Strasbourg – Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Île

03/07/2015 - StrasbourgFrance

Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Île is a 5 star hotel from the group Accor. I am sometimes a little bit reluctant with hotel chains, which are sometimes too cold and impersonal for my own taste. However, this is not the case here, as the Sofitel Strasbourg has its own personality. It’s a very beautiful place that I had a chance to… Read more →

A day at the Nature Spa of La Cheneaudière

02/07/2015 - Colroy-la-RocheFrance

On the advice of a friend, I went to try the package “Day spa” of the Nature spa at La Cheneaudière. The hostelry La Cheneaudière is a 4 star hotel with the label Relais et Châteaux. It is located in Colroy-la-Roche, in the Bruche Valley. It is a bit isolated, but extremely peaceful. It is at the border between Alsace and the Vosges and the landscapes are… Read more →

Boat trip in the Little Venice of Colmar

29/06/2015 - ColmarFrance

Do you know about the Little Venice of Colmar? It’s the name of a district located in the pretty city of Colmar in Alsace. I know, I know… you are gonna say that it is just one more “Little Venice”: each time there is a canal somewhere, the place is given the name of the Italian city. You are… Read more →

Visit of La Maison du Fromage in the Valley of Munster

26/06/2015 - GunsbachFrance

La Maison du Fromage of the Valley of Munster (The Cheese House) is a museum entirely dedicated to the famous Munster cheese and to the related traditions of the Valley of Munster. It is a very promising theme, but let me tell you straight away that this museum was a disappointment. The visit includes a short tour… Read more →

A boat trip in Strasbourg with Batorama

25/06/2015 - StrasbourgFrance

Taking a boat trip in Strasbourg is an alternative way to discover the city. Sitting on a large riverboat, you will travel slowly through the rivers of the city, all the while enjoying the landscape. Architectural styles come one after another: from half-timbered houses of La Petite France to the modern European institutions and the German Imperial District, Strasbourg is… Read more →

Visit of the newspaper L’Alsace in Mulhouse

23/06/2015 - MulhouseFrance

Do you enjoy visiting companies? I personally enjoy these visits a lot. You always learn a lot of things about objects that are part of your daily lives or about the work of people helping manufacturing them. Mulhouse Tourist Office offers numerous visits to discover companies from Alsace. I have decided to go visit the newspaper L’Alsace, a regional daily… Read more →

Gingerbread – Visits of museums and manufacturing workshops

22/06/2015 - GertwillerFrance

Gertwiller is the capital of gingerbread in Alsace since the 18th century. Gingerbread lovers, you are in the right place! Two big manufacturers are still located in Gertwiller nowadays: the Maison Lips and Fortwenger. The two companies each have a small museum that you can visit. You can also have a look at their gingerbread manufacturing workshops. 

Visit of Strasbourg Cathedral

20/06/2015 - StrasbourgFrance

Strasbourg Cathedral is the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world and one of the must-see when visiting Strasbourg. It is easily recognizable by its pink sandstone facade and its unique tower. It is a really beautiful and impressive building! One of its main feature is the astronomical clock dating back from the 19th century. It is… Read more →

SlowUp Alsace – By bike and on foot on the Wine Route!

17/06/2015 - SélestatFrance

SlowUp Alsace is an event organized in June on the Alsace Wine Route. What is a slowUp? It is a concept created in Switzerland and it is defined as follows: “The recipe for slowUp is simple and convincing: choose about 30 km of roads in an attractive region, close them for the day to all motorized traffic and plan various activities… Read more →

La Montagne des singes, for young… and old alike!

16/06/2015 - KintzheimFrance

The Montagne des Singes in Kintzheim is a wildlife park hosting more than 200 free Barbary macaques (or magots). This is a classic must-do with kids in Alsace! As an adult, I thought I would go there for a quick visit, just to see if the place was pleasant and to take a few pictures. In the end, it’s also a very… Read more →

Visit of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle

15/06/2015 - OrschwillerFrance

If you like fortified castles, I have something in store for you! The Haut-Koenigsbourg castle is not to be missed in Alsace. It is a mountain fortified castle, located at 757 m altitude. From there, there are incredible views of the surrounding area. In addition to the altitude, the main specificity of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle is that it is… Read more →

Visit of the Sundgau – The Largue Valley

13/06/2015 - FriesenFrance

The Sundgau is a region located in the South of Alsace, between Mulhouse and Basel (in Switzerland). Slightly less quaint than the Wine Route, it is also less touristy and is worth the visit if you have a little bit of time. The Sundgau is an agricultural region with very green landscapes. So, what to do when in Sundgau? I would recommend for example a visit to the… Read more →

On Ascension Day, let’s go for an “Apéro gourmand chez le Vigneron”!

12/06/2015 - BergheimFrance

Every year, the Vignerons Indépendants organize an “apéro gourmand chez le vigneron” (gourmet aperitif at the winery) during the Ascension weekend. On this occasion, the participating wineries open their doors and offer a food and wine evening to those who registered. I have tested the gourmet aperitif at Domaine Sylvie Spielmann in Bergheim, on the Alsace Wine Route. It is an excellent opportunity to… Read more →

Soak up Alsatian culture at the Ecomuseum of Alsace

UngersheimFrance

The ecomuseum of Alsace is a museum entirely dedicated to Alsatian culture. Boring? On the contrary, the ecomuseum is extremely lively. It feels like being in a big village, walking in small streets, stopping at artisans and shopkeepers (blacksmith, carpenter, barber…) and crossing paths with a few farm animals. The buildings are real Alsatian houses that have been moved to the… Read more →

Visit of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

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Strasbourg shares the title of European capital with Brussels. Indeed, several European institutions have their seat in the European district of Strasbourg: the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Human Rights Court (ECHR). And let’s not forget Arte headquarters. The European Parliament in Strasbourg welcomes every year the MEPs during 12 plenary sessions. At these times, Strasbourg is in a frenzy and it becomes… Read more →

Cinemas in Colmar

10/06/2015 - ColmarFrance

Do you wish to spend an evening watching a good movie or fill in a rainy afternoon? Colmar has two cinemas: the Méga CGR and the Colisée.