Colmar takes its...
Colmar takes its name from the Colombarium tower which was located in the center of the Carolingien domain.
During the last war, Colmar was caught in a zone of German resistance creating what was to be known as the 'Pocket of Colmar' and whose extreme violence was infamous.
The village of Sigolsheim, whose name had been predestined as Blutberg or 'Hill of Blood', was taken and retaken 17 times in one month. Entire villages were destroyed such as Mittwihr and Benwihr. Colmar escaped such destruction miraclously and can today offer one of the most charming city centers of Alsace.
Microcosmically, Colmar has assembled within its boundaries a large share of Alsatian history, artistic wealth and the wine-growing industry.
The center of Colmar reveals its charm: the colors and atmosphere of streets and alley-ways have been well-preserved since the Middle Ages and their ancient houses are reflected in the water which passes through the city.
Churches, cloisters, half-timbered houses, balconies, facades with ornate wood sculptures, paintings, gables, and edifices from the Renaissance all add to this very special city center.
Not far from Le Petite France you may enjoy St. Thomas church. On the grounds of several former Romanesque buildings, the present church was constructed between the XIIth and XVIth century. Albert Schweitzer had taken the initiative of organizing commemorative concerts of the death of Jean-Sebastian Bach there. This tradition perpetuates itself again today. Another particularity of this imposing church : the Silbermann organ of the XVIIIth century (but unfortunately I wasn;t inside). The church is situated in Place St Thomas.
Strasbourg Is Alsatian. Don't Forget That!
Strasbourg is Alsatian. Yes, everyone speaks French, most speak German and English as well. But if you try a little Alsatian, they'll love you forever. Well, maybe not forever, but in a region this often conquered and re-conquered, any attempt will make you friends. See how happy I am? There, now no one can complain that I'm not in any of my own web pages... *grin*
Anyway, you'll find that Germanifying your French, or Frenchifying your German, will do the trick. For example, to eat is not manger, but ësse, like the German essen, and to laugh is not rire but lãche, much like lachen in Deustchland.
The location of Strasbourg is...
The location of Strasbourg is along a route called the 'romantic road' I wanted to visit the towns of Riquewehr, Colmar, Obernai, but will have to save them for next trip..I did stop and Hagenau just to the North and enjoyed a day walking through the area...Hagenau was mentioned in the Book 'Band of Brothers' by stephen ambrose as a contested area occupied by the 101st airborne in WWII,,,it is a very pleasant town...
Strasbourg's tram system is brand spanking new. Fast, efficient and cheap, it not only covers the whole city, but goes out to the northern and southern suburbs. The trams are like glass cocoons, so you get a great view of the city as your whisked from A to B.
Below is the Place Homme De Fer tram station, in the centre of Stasbourg.