Grand Est


Our last stop in France was at Metz, which has a rich 3,000-year long history, having variously been a Celtic oppidum (a fortified Iron Age settlement) an important Gallo-Roman city, the Merovingian capital of Austrasia, the birthplace of the Carolingian dynasty, a cradle of the Gregorian chant, and one of the oldest republics in Europe. The city has been steeped in Romance culture, but has also been strongly influenced by Germanic culture due to its location …

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Colmar & Strasbourg

When the rain had finally stopped, we visited 2 cities in the beautiful Alsace, the region at the border to Germany, first the very picturesque Colmar and later the much bigger Strasbourg with its very impressive cathedral. Colmar has a very well preserved old town with crooked timber-framed houses, little squares and alleys with lovely …

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BUGATTI beauties

What beauties are these! Especially the Bugatti collection of the Schlumpf brothers was impressive. We really enjoyed the visit to the museum in Mulhouse, but now we will visit some lovely towns of the Alsace – more on our next post, guaranteed without cars ūüėČ