6 Things to do in cute, cozy Colmar

On the 19th of July, we took a little day trip to Colmar.

Our way led us through the Blackforest and the Titisee (Titi Lake) where we also had a short stopover.

Here are 6 things to do during your Colmar trip:

1. Drive through the Blackforest

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If you want to drive to Colmar by car, the route through the Blackforest is inevitable. The ride offers some great and amazing views of massive trees that will make you feel stunned by the sheer size and might of nature. 

2. Eat Blackforest Cake with the view over Lake Titisee

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There are a lot of cafes that offer Blackforest cakes by the Titisee. If you don’t have time to walk around the little village, it’s not a big loss though. It’s basically filled with tourist shops selling expensive Cuckoo’s Clocks.

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3. Explore Colmar by foot

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There is a reason for the colours of these houses. In the past, they had certain meanings. Yellow: Bakery; Blue: Fisher; Red: Butcher; Pink: Brothels

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It’s a tiny town which is easy to explore by foot. Plus, you will discover many cute streets, shops and cafes.

4. Explore Colmar by boat

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This was the swans’ nest <3

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This is a must, since Colmar is a canal city. Make sure to first buy your boat ticket and return at the designated time to enter your boat.
We took the tour close to a pub where we had to purchase the tickets inside the pub. Also, our boat guide was very charming and handsome. I loved his french accent when he talked english.

5. Eat Crepes

If you return from France without eating Crepes, you obviously have done something wrong. It’s not only a myth: crepes in France do taste better.

6. Eat before 2pm or after 7pm

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Most, or rather, no restaurant will be serving food between 2pm and 7pm. There are some that still serve food until 4 pm, but only a handful. Most restaurants are also completely closed during this time. When we wanted to eat at around 4.30pm, they told us that the kitchen just closed and will open at 7pm. We were desperate, so we visited the Marché Couvert where we had that meal above. It was delicious, but we were sad that we couldn’t try one of the many, lined up Michelin restaurants.

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One day, we’re gonna live in Paris

Finally I am writing this blog post about one of the most beautiful cities I have been to.

I have heard many different things about Paris already. Most people told me how dirty and ugly Paris is, and I just can’t understand these people. How would someone not like Paris? It would be beautiful even without the Eiffel Tower which was astonishing as well. It is a moment for itself when you see that tower for the first time. I never understood what it meant until I stood there myself.

Anyway, I think there is a time in a girl’s life when she is obsessively dreaming about visiting Paris. I had that time in my life but it faded rather quickly and I became a bit uninterested in the french capitol city. Until my sister suggested to take a short trip to Paris over Halloween. The days before and after Halloween are usually holidays in Germany, and I also didn’t have to work, so I was able to go.

We took the TGV from Stuttgart to Paris and it only took us around 4 hours. That’s pretty fast in my opinion. So, we arrived in Paris before noon, checked in at our hotel which was close to the Galeries Lafayette. Our room had a okay size, but I was a bit bothered by the lack of light we got in the room. Our window didn’t seem to be on the sunny side. Anyway, after checking in, we walked to the Galeries Lafayette. On our way there, we stopped at a Pizza place to have lunch since we were pretty hungry.

The pizza was really good and the price was quite low for Paris I guess.

We headed back on our way to the mall. We were almost there, but my sister’s GPS directed us through a small alleyway full with chinese shops and restaurants. We were a bit confused but it must be right: Where there is chinese, there is shopping :’D And we were right. When the alley ended, we found ourselves in front of the back entrance of La Fayette, and I though for a minute I was back in Shanghai. The place was crowded with chinese people, yelling, talking and spitting :’D One woman was handing out some chinese newspaper, so I grabbed one for fun and the woman was pretty confused when she saw me :’D I think we were the only white people there.

But after we entered the mall and walked around a bit, we managed to see one or two non-asians :’D It was insane. I knew chinese people love shopping, but I didn’t expect it to be so extreme. The Galeries La Fayette has practically turned into the hottest tourist spot for chinese people :’D More than the Eiffel Tower. Anyway, after pasing shops like Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton (which had a long queue, only Asians), we came into the centre of the mall and the view was breathtakingly beautiful. I have never seen such a beautiful mall like the one in Paris. It looked more like a palace, or an opera house than a mall.

 

After taking enough photos, we wanted to go upstairs to the rooftop to have a view over Paris. It was a bit confusing using the elevator and then the stairs, but we made it. The view was beautiful, and we could even have a glimpse on a tiny Eiffel Tower.

 

We went back downstairs and wanted to browse through the shops a bit, although we didn’t plan to buy anything. I really wanted to see Kenzo and Alexander Wang, and my sister wanted to have a look in Zara and Topshop.

 

We left without spening any money, but there was another Lafayette mall right in front of the one we just had left, and that was just for food. Can you imagine? A mall just for food! Expensive of course, so we only remained at the ground level which had some finger food and gourmet fast food from all around the world.

We only bought some macarons, since we already ate pizza. But I regretted it a litte bit, because when I saw the Dim Sum, I wished we didn’t have had pizza for lunch.

After that we wanted to go see the Eiffel Tower, so we took the metro nearby and got off at Champs de Mars. From there, it was only a few minutes of walking until we could see the Eiffel Tower. Although there were so many people in front of, next and behind us, we had a lot of fun taking pictures. We walked all the way down to the Trocadero, with the fountains and baths, and then to the carousels that are right in front of the Tower. Of course I took a ride in one of the carousels and we had some delicious crêpes. It was just the perfect afternoon.

 

After finishing our crêpes, we wanted to take some pictures underneath the Eiffel Tower, so headed that way. I didn’t know how strict the security measurements were. You possibly couldn’t just walk by underneath the tower without going through security. At first we thought it was for going up the tower, but there was another line underneath the Eiffel tower. Anyway, it didn’t take too long. 5 minutes max. We stayed there for quite some time, until the tower was lit up in golden lights. That was just so beautiful.

Soon, we left the area and walked through the Jardin des Tuilleries back to a metro station. The Eiffel Tower was lighting up in silver lights, a huge monument sparkling like diamonds.

We had an amazing start to our first day in Paris, very typical, and more typical when we were approached by two french guys, telling us we were the most beautiful girls he has ever seen :’D Something like this would never happen to you in Germany, I can promise that.

We decided to stop by at the Champs Elysées before going back to our hostel. We thought maybe we could find a nice place to eat or drink. We didn’t because we weren’t that hungry, but it was a nice stroll down one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.

Anway, when we arrived back in our hostel, we were content about our first day in Paris, and we couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning.

I hope you guys enjoyed wandering with me through Paris.

Have you guys ever been to Paris? What were your feelings and thoughts when you first saw the Eiffel Tower?

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 4/5

Food: 4/5
Shopping: 5/5
Nightlife: –
Transportation: 4/5

 

 

September has started

Yesterday, after work, I went to my university’s library to give back a few of my books I used for my term papers. I also met my friend who returned from her one-week-trip to Istanbul. We went to a chinese restaurant after that and wanted to sit there, but they were already full. So we took the food to-go. I only took some vegetable rolls, because I wasn’t so hungry. Then we sat in the park and ate and talked. One annoying thing: The wasps always flew around us, the WHOLE  time! And this isn’t the first time this summer. A few weeks ago, when we went punting, the wasps also stalked us while we wanted to eat our ice cream. They honestly followed us all the way from the ice cream parlour to the park. And in the park they didn’t let us be. That was really annoying. I always feared to swallow one, because they were flying around our mouths all the time. I quite of hate wasps, they are ugly animals. They stung my dad yesterday, and his leg still hurts. But bees and humblebees I like, they are so cute! Unfortunately they never seem to appear near of us -.-

However, after I discovered an ugly, brown, wobbly something on my bag, that looked like pudding made of shit, I nearly had to vomit. Then we stood up right away and left for the city. We went to H&M and walked around the streets until we stopped in front of a crepes-spot. We bought some and went to stip on the steps in fron of the church. There we ate, observed the people and talked. It was a really nice day, with hot weather.

And my friend also gave me something she brought for me from Istanbul.

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An oriental bookmark and a bag of turkish delight. Of course, I know and love turkish delight and we also buy it every time we go to Turkey on vacation. But I have never eaten pink delights! They were so yummy and tasted like strawberries. But I really was pleased about the bookmark, because I always wanted a decent bookmark :) and this one just looks so beautiful, don’t you also think so?

Now, tomorrow, I will give back the rest of my books. I have happily finished all of my papers, like mentioned before (and all the time), I have informed myself about the parties to chose, and I have transfered the money to amazon that they couldn’t take off my account. Now there are still a few things to do until sunday:

So then, my spontaneous to-do-list:

  • go to the coiffeur
  • load money to my cellphone
  • buy the hair product from Lush
  • create a packing List (a list in a list :’D)

Yes, that’s for now I guess. But I will still post a lot of things until sunday and before I leave :) Until then, see you guys, and thanks for reading ;)