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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Alsace Weekend

Once again Anna had a fantastic idea to 'get-away'.
This time the goal was to explore the French Alsace area.

So Friday I got the Trophy ready for when she got back from work...
Then we were off!

Destination: Breisach am Rhein
Hotel: Non planned
This was to be an adventure!

We got there rather late - 8.00pm - but found a room at the Kaiserstühler Hof right in the middle of Breisach.

It's a very nice hotel, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. The staff are very polite and welcoming, and their breakfast-buffet is simply perfect.

The next morning we were up early to a WONDERFUL breakfast before heading on over to France - Neuf-Brisach.
If you look in GOOGLE maps at this place it looks amazing.

But from the ground, you see nothing!

So, we moved on riding through Colmar and headed into the hills.
First coffee stop was at Metzeral where we saw a parade of Gypies.

After all that excitement, we decided to head for our first Ballon...

Then over a few Col's...

Then a few more Ballons...

Shortly after the Grand Ballon in direction Wittelsheim, we stopped at the Hartmannswillerkopf War Memorial Site. It's both impressive and eery... Definatly worth every chance you get to stop and have a look around.
It's a national monument of World War I for the fighting which took place in the trenches there.

From the Hartmannswillerkopf memorial, we rode down direction Wittelsheim then right onto Thann and over the Col du Hundsruck to Masevaux. From there we went right, up to our last Ballon of the day - finally - Ballon d'Alsace.

From Ballon d'Alsace we headed down to the flatter lands direction Altkirch and started to look for hotels...
GARMIN found a wonderful hotel: Auberge Sundgovienne just a few kilometers outside Altkirch. So we booked in and had a beer or three.

Then what could be more better than a day full of Ballons...?


On our third day - Sunday - we took an easy ride back going through Olten along the way to see Sarah.

All in all - around 600 km - and Anna's got the biking bug!
She's planning the next trip already...


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