18 July 2009

More TDF: Colmar

I THINK IT'S clear that France has it's share of beautiful towns and villages, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one more charming and beautiful than Colmar -- a town in the Alsace just in the shadows of the Vosges mountains. Colmar is about 60km south of Strasbourg and was an 'overnight' town in this year's Tour de France. We went to both arrivée (Friday) and the départ (today). For Kerri's parents it was the first time seeing the Tour in person -- so they were pretty excited. The weather Friday was dreadful -- cold and lots of rain. But it was quite a bit better today so we stayed in Colmar for a few hours to explore a bit and have a sandwich for lunch. Of course, we took some photos.

Standing in front of the (very popular) ASTANA team before the start.

Just kind of stuck my camera in the air and pushed the button. Anyone who thinks Tour fans don't like Lance doesn't know anything. Trust me, it's only the French press that are rooting against him.

Stopped at this cafe for a quick coffee. Beautiful part of the Colmar.



talesfromagarden said...

beautiful little town,so picturesque!Nicholas Roche is the man following in his fathers pedals!,stephen roche,irishman!

uncleduh said...

you got that jersey off his back for me, right?!?!?!

Vic Heaney said...

Try Selestat. Go on market day. Excellent town, splendid market. Gay thinks market day may be Tuesday. No trouble to a go-getter like yourself to find out.

Christina said...

WOW!!! I definitely want to visit this town in my next trip to France!!! Beautiful!!!

angus said...

So nice!! I watched the last 20 km's of the race. Enjoy your time there!

parlezvouskiwi said...

Oh wow, you are absolutely right - this is BEAUTIFUL! I am going to make sure I visit here when I move to France after September :-) It reminds me a little of some of the buildings I saw throughout villages in Austria and Switzerland. Ahh Europe, I miss you.