Travel, travel, travel. That is the theme of 2017. And I love it. We are only living in Germany for a short amount of time, there’s no time to waste. It seems like most weekends are filled with some kind of event (like this weekend’s Craft Beer Festival in Stuttgart) or travel. And this past weekend, we headed to the Alsace, France region with another couple and had the best time exploring the towns, grabbing a waffle or crepe, drinking wine and reading on fountains.
We left on Good Friday around 10 AM and drove just about two hours to make it to our hotel, Hotel Arnold, in Itterswiller.
This hotel is just magical. It is small, dog-friendly, has a spa and a restaurant and amazing views of the vineyards. Itterswiller is very small, there is only one street, so we walked around with Copley to explore.
That yellow building on the right is our hotel. Does it get much better than that? I don’t think so. This region in France has a similar climate/layout to Napa Valley, which is why it makes for a great wine growing region. I can’t imagine what this place looks like during harvest.
We also noticed on our walk down the main street this gorgeous church with a mural dating back to the 1330’s. It is a mural of Judgement Day with Jesus welcoming people into Heaven and damning others to hell.
It is small, but it is quite powerful.
After our walk, we met up with our friends and then hit the road to head to a bigger city in the Alsace region, Colmar.
Is this not the cutest place you’ve ever seen? Colmar is on the water and even has a section called Little Venice. We didn’t venture there because it was too cold, but I can’t wait to go back. We walked around Colmar for a decent amount of time, stopping to buy chocolates and grabbing a glass of wine.
Then we visited the Beauty and the Beast fountain, which I wrote about earlier this week. I wouldn’t say this fountain was life changing, but it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
I want to give a shout out to Vinn again and thank him for being so thoughtful and giving me this Beauty and the Beast book before we left. I love it!
Here I am pointing out Chapter 3, just like Belle does in the song! “But she won’t discover that it’s him ’til chapter 3!”
After the Beauty and the Beast moment, we went back to Itterswiller and had dinner at the hotel restaurant, which was incredibly good. The best part was the chocolate mousse for dessert. I didn’t take any pictures of it because it wasn’t honestly pretty, but it was amazing!
The next day, we drove to Strasbourg to spend Saturday night there before driving home for Easter. We had a great time walking around, drinking wine, eating Nutella waffles and having Italian for dinner.
Hi Copley! These are our friends, Shannon and Stefan. They are a great couple and so much fun. We spent so much time laughing and on the hunt for the perfect chocolate croissant.
Overall, our weekend in Alsace was wonderful. It was great to spend time with friends, to explore a new region, drink wine and eat too much chocolate. I definitely plan to go back.
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