One of the best things about having family in other countries, is you can visit places that most tourists would not bother with or even know about at all.
Heading due west towards the German border took us into the Alsace region of north-east France.
Colmar is a pretty town with German influences.Or it could be a German town with French influences.Strasbourg sits on the Rhine River, overlooking Germany itself.
The city is a combination of cozy streets…and imposing cathedrals.In fact, it was the world’s tallest building for 227 years from 1647 to 1874!The astronomical clock is one of the largest in the world too.On the opposite end of the scale, Kaysersberg is a tiny commune that means Emperor’s Mountain.
The ruined castle overlooks the town, but no emperor lives here.Who would want to anyway? There are much more pleasant homes down below!With little cafes, boutique stores and a restaurant or two, Kaysersberg is a cool little spot hidden within an up-and-coming wine region.Looping back north, Metz sits near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany and Luxembourg.
The city has a rich 3000 year history, passing through many hands; Celtic, Gaul, Merovingian, Roman, French, German, then back to French again. The Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral has the largest expanse of stained-glass windows in the world.Colmar-Kaysersberg-Strasbourg-Metz. A pretty cool corner of France, don’t you think?Visited 18th to 22nd October 2014.