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After a late arrival last night we woke up at 0900. Actually Lucas, in his role as family alarm clock, woke everyone up with a, “everyone get up, it’s sunny!”

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Good morning Colmar

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Aurelia, Isabella, and Lucas watch the town awake from the hotel window

After adding some money to the parking meter we had a nice breakfast in the hotel courtyard.

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Isabella and Lucas enjoy breakfast in the hotel courtyard

We then ventured out to explore Colmar. It was raining, but we made the best of exploring this picturesque Alsacian town. It had several markets, a canal system, a cathedral, and is filled with renaissance buildings.

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Exploring Colmar

We explored the markets filled with wonderful foods like cheeses, meats, fruits, and pretzels!

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Covered market

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Covered market

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Pretzels in the covered market

We also walked the canals and through the winding streets of the old town. On the way we had to stop and sampled fresh macaroons: pistachio, raspberry, chocolate, orange, rum raisin, and original.

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Colmar buildings

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Street in Colmar looking towards the cathedral

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Macaroon place. She is embarrassed I photographed he snacking on them. I would too!

Our last stop was the old town hall and cathedral before going to lunch at for traditional Alsacian fare.

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At lunch


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Lunch menu

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Alsacian pizza with ham, onion, cheese and creme freche

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Sergio's lunch of baked potato, ham, and mushrooms in a hollandaise

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Our hotel

We went back to the hotel to dry off and decided to explore the surrounding wine region by travelling the Rue du Vin. This amazing road traverses the vineyards and through the small wine making towns which really show the character of the area.

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Alsace wine region: vineyard and hill towns

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Alsacian grapes

After returning, we had a nice dinner of meats, melon, roast chicken, and scampi.

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Isabella, Lucas, and Aurelia heading back from dinner

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