One of the things I loved the most about living in Europe was the ability to hop on a cheap flight at a moment’s notice and be somewhere brand new and gorgeous in a matter of minutes, or a couple of hours at most. One night in early 2005 (January, if I remember correctly) I decided to just go to France the next day. I bought a plane ticket, and drove to one of the Rome airports to catch my early flight. I flew into Zurich, Switzerland, then took a train to Mulhouse, France, where an I met an American friend who was there on business. I used Mulhouse as a base to explore Colmar and Strasbourg with that friend and had a great time seeing this side of France, which looks more like Germany than what one typically associates with France. This is easily explained by the area’s proximity to Germany, and the fact that, historically, it has been an Alemannic speaking region, and has belonged on and off to what is now Germany.
Oh, how I miss Europe! I miss the food, I miss the history, I miss the culture, but most of all, I miss the traveling possibilities. Here are some of my favorite photos from Colmar.