Month: August 2014

Seeing Amsterdam Without A Car

Seeing Amsterdam Without A Car

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Our next stop is Amsterdam. We could drive there from the Alsace, and plenty of cars roll along the city streets, but we won’t need a car to tour the place.

We could leave our rental car less than an hour up the road in Strasbourg, but we’re going to head back across the Rhine to Baden-Baden and return our car there to avoid a steep drop-off fee. We’ll have an afternoon free to stroll about the town, and after a one-night stay, we’ll travel by rail to Frankfurt where we’ll change to a train headed to the Netherlands.


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Colmar: “Big City” Alsace

Colmar: “Big City” Alsace

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While yesterday’s stroll through the vineyards between Ribeauville and Hunawihr tempts us to take a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and spend the day sitting a picnic table at the edge of those vineyards, as travelers we don’t live by bread, wine, or loafing alone, so instead, we’ll drive about ten miles and a half hour south to Colmar.

Colmar is the third largest city in France’s Alsace region, and while it has over ten times the population of little Ribeauville, with sometime less than 70,000 residents it is only a third the size of the Alsatian capital, Strasbourg.

Statue of Liberty
(Sue Waters Flickr Photo)

As we reach the northern end of Colmar, we’ll be greeted by a sight that many European immigrants to the United States saw on arrival in New York: The Statute of Liberty.

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Alsace: The Other Side of the River

Alsace: The Other Side of the River

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Although we had a lot of fun watching the cows come home yesterday at the Almabtrieb festival, it’s time for us to pack our bags, jump in our rental car, and move on to the next stop on the itinerary: Ribeauville in France’s Alsace region, just across the Rhine River from Germany.

 While Google Maps suggests that we go straight north on the A7 Autobahn to Stuttgart, then head west until we reaching France, and finally, drive south to Ribeauville. But we’re going to follow the suggestion of an American friend who lives in France and take a more scenic route, stopping for lunch at Lindau on the Bodensee (aka Lake Constance) on our way to Freiburg where we’ll cross the Rhine and enter France.

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