29 Jun 2014

Europe 2014: Day 9 - Ammerschwihr

Saturday was Laure’s day off so we all had a lie-in until about 10:30am before meeting up in Laure’s flat for breakfast. Afterwards we went with Laure in the car to Colmar, the main town in the area 7km away. We had a lot of difficulty finding parking as the old part of the town is very popular with tourists from Germany and Switzerland (both less than an hour away).

Laure played tour guide for a while before going off to do some shopping and leaving us to our own devices. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera so all photos are iPhone snaps.

Colmar (the old part) definitely fits the criteria for charming Alsatian towns.

Canals and buildings integrate to make a very calming atmosphere despite the droves of tourists.

Every road is full of colour.

Maison des têtes—now a hotel, there are several thousand unique heads sculpted throughout the building.

Any kind of nougat you desire.

After Laure went off, we had coffee and a snack at a café before visiting the Colmar museum.

Artwork on the side of an ark—their faces are somewhat disturbing.

A king.

One of Captain Janeway’s ancestors?

Le char de la mort (aka the chariot of death)—a rather gory 18th century work.

Stained glass—if I was a woman with such pert breasts I think I would have just as smug an expression on my face as she does. 

Jesus meets Conchita Wurst

Dinner is served.

No bears will attack with this aggressive goose at the helm...

The architecture of the museum seemed to fuse roman and gothic styles.

I wouldn’t mess with this pup...

Erm... I’m sort of at a loss for words... although he does illustrate the term ‘barefaced cheek’.

He’s looking a bit disgruntled with his donkey.

Three boaters wafting along.

Almost too much colour to process.

A resident about to park in his garage.

Leaving the old town.

The covered market.

A rare treat in London—flat peaches which taste much fruitier than the usual round ones.

An almost endless variety of cheeses from the region and beyond.

Zev here. I’m overwhelmed by the selection of cheese. Stop looking at my English tan.

More cheeses—some of these are aged in caves.

Local salami varieties.

Passing by the vineyards on the way back to Ammerschwihr.

Grapes growing up the hillside as far as you can see.

After a quite rest back in Ammerschwihr we were invited to join Laure and her partner Manu to go to their friend Esther’s birthday party 30km away in Guebwiller. She works for a winery and is also the caretaker for the main building, living onsite in flat built on the third floor.

After dinner and drinks we attempted to play the French version of Charades which had its challenges with seven native French speakers and two native English speakers. Mix in some booze and it made for quite an entertaining evening.

Ester’s three month old Australian Shepherd Jincy.

After nearly six hours of hyperactivity, Jincy finally depleted his energy reserves.
We arrived back in Ammerschwihr at about 2:30am, well past my bedtime.

Europe 2014 quick links

Day 1: London to Sint-Gillis-Waas
Day 2: Sint-Gillis-Waas to Bad Driburg
Day 3: Bad Driburg to Berlin
Day 4: Berlin
Day 5: Berlin to Prague
Day 6: Prague
Day 7: Prague to Wemding
Day 8: Wemding to Ammerschwihr
Day 9: Ammerschwihr
Day 10: Ammerschwihr
Day 11: Ammerschwihr to Eschdorf
Day 12: Eschdorf to London