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    "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it with us or we find it not."

    R. W. Emerrson

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    The Alsace Region of France


    Our increasingly spontaneous travel style has taken us to places we hadn’t heard of before leaving home.  We decided to continue north for some cooler temperatures as we departed Zurich.  Input from our friend Steven, along with a handy travel website (, identified the Alsace region of France as a destination not to be missed.

    The towns of Strasbourg and Colmar are pedestrian paradises with their big parks, rambling rivers, and colorful old buildings.  Mulhouse is home to the Cité de l’Automobile car museum, by far the most impressive transportation-related museum we’ve visited.  It houses an unrivaled collection of ancient Bugatti’s and a variety of European collector car treasures - Matt was in heaven!

    In all three of the Alsatian towns we strolled through the historic centers and enjoyed the café culture.  We practiced our French language skills while interacting with patient locals who were willing to work with us as we expanded our vocabulary.  These cities and the people who call them home were a highlight of our travels.

    Reader Comments (4)

    Oh I loved the Alsace area of France. I hope you were able to spend sometime in Strasbourg. I had an apartment there while I was working in Sarreguemines for eight weeks. I lived near the Esplelande. I am not sure how long you are in the area but the Chrismas market in Strasbourg is something to partake. I think the best part were the local people of the area. I had some of my best nights meeting people who wanted to share thier city with me. I think most were amazed I would drive an hour to work just to experience what thief city had to offer. If you like the streets and cancels of Strasbourg you must visit Luxenborg.

    November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUncle

    Uncle - We can picture living in the Alsace region of France. It was one of our favorite places we have traveled to. It's so laid back and relaxed. The people are super pleasant; they genuinely love their lives and it shows. Sarreguemines is super close to the German border and the Black Forest region which we sadly didn't get to experience either location. There is always next time.

    When we left the Alsace region, we headed up to Trier, Germany then over to Luxembourg. Look for our post soon our on experiences in those places.

    November 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterDINKS Travel

    Oh, Strasbourg! Such a pleasant place. I went to that car museum!! That is so wild. I love hearing about all the unknown places you visit, but it's also so fun when I can picture exactly where you were.

    I was in Strasbourg with my MBA class and we toured the Steelcase office. It was such a dream office -- environmentally friendly, open-concept, high tech, ergonomic -- it turned me into a nerd for office chairs and collaboration spaces.

    November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

    Hi Diane - Thanks for the thoughtful comment. We all have fond memories of that special moment when the spark of interest transformed into a burning flame of passion for office chair ergonomics and flexible collaboration spaces - And we can't think of a better location to find inspiration than Strasbourg. We're pleased to hear that our travels brought back some fond memories of that very special place. :)

    November 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterDINKS Travel
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