unexpected colmar

Today I visited a fairytale town… No, really, I could swear that Belle from Beauty & The Beast was inspired by Colmar, France.
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I took the tram to the Basel SBB (the train station), and after searching for tickets to France (they were impossible to find), then finding that there was a separate “France” portion of the station, boarded the train.

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The second I stepped out of the train station, I was blown away with the charm of Colmar. It was stunningly quaint, full of life, and so so lovely.

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The first thing I did after wandering around a bit was stop for a little hot chocolate & writing break. I asked for a chocolat au lait, and was quite pleased with myself, because I didn’t totally butcher the beautiful language, and the waiter thought I was French! He tried to strike up a conversation with me, and of course I didn’t understand ANY of it, and once he picked up on my lack of French, he told me that he thought I was a local. I was proud. You should’ve heard me attempt to speak French this Summer. It was awful. 

IMG_4771 After the little hot chocolate break, I decided to go to the Musee de Unterlinden, an old convent-turned museum. It housed some stunning biblical pieces.

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I was especially taken aback by the beautiful alter and the floors.. I know, a strange thing to fall in love with, but the tiling was beautiful and incredibly intricate.

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I stumbled across this little market in the center of the old town and was SO tempted to buy a vintage childrens’ book with the most beautiful cover art… but decided against it, since the entire book was in French and I wouldn’t get much use out of it.

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After wandering around a bit more and seeing these pretzels below, I decided it was time for lunch.

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I stopped at a juice bar for a quick salad….

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..then I headed into a beautiful church. The stained glass was incredible.

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And post-church visit, I saw some more yummy food and decided to get a cookie butter crepe… Why not?

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It was delicious.

I tried to go to a couple more museums, but they were closed for renovations… quite the prominent problem when traveling off season, but hey, unexpected speedbumps. After sitting and taking in the story book vibe of Colmar, I decided it was time to head home for a workout and dinner with my father.

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And turns out, it was a good time to leave. It started POURING the second I got to the train station.

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