With the gateway to the Alsatian area of France simply two hours from our doorstep, we’ve liked visiting the realm well-known for it’s wine route and charming villages that impressed Walt Disney’s Magnificence and the Beast. We’ve accomplished Strasbourg and Colmar with no kids (whereas I used to be pregnant), simply Olivia as a child, Olivia as a rising toddler, and eventually on this final journey, with each ladies in tow (two toddlers!). On every journey we make to the realm we discover one thing new to discover, and our last European journey earlier than heading again Stateside was no exception. We discovered our favourite Airbnb but, had among the finest steak *ever*, and explored new villages stuffed with attraction and tradition.
The place To Keep // The Most Household Pleasant Airbnb…Ever!
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Once I say I liked this Airbnb…I Loooovvvved this Airbnb! When touring as a household, there are issues you might have by no means thought of as a solo traveler, that may make an enormous distinction when touring with kids. Proper off the bat I observed the child gate and doorways that blocked off the steps, which is large for my adventurous and insanely clumsy toddlers. Within the gated off space (which included the kitchen, eating room, and upstairs front room) there was a small play space with coloring books, blocks, and different toys that our ladies had a ball with, and along with having a excessive chair readily available, there was additionally a baby dimension desk which was nice for Olivia.
Along with the open idea and secure play space upstairs, the decrease stage housed all three bedrooms (having all bedrooms on one stage can be a plus for us when choosing an Airbnb), in addition to a grasp tub with bathtub and bathe, and visitor tub with bathe. *Additionally they included youngster dimension bathrobes which I assumed was the cutest factor ever. The washer/dryer was one other nice amenity as we have been touring with a newly potty educated baby, and we had been dwelling in a lodge for over every week…so evidently this was a serious bonus.
All of those options have been so fantastic to have, however the actual gem was the situation – simply exterior of Petite Venice, on the primary thoroughfare have been we may additionally discover Starbucks *successful*.
When you’re not but offered, the condominium has an elevator that really match our double Bob stroller, and it was air conditioned 🙌
What to Do // Colmar
Colmar is such a captivating city, and has a lot potential for a full motion packed day of exploring, or extra leisurely strolling damaged up into two days. As we have now visited Colmar beforehand, and wished to journey out to 2 smaller villages we hadn’t but been to, we selected the previous.
As with most of our journeys, our itinerary could be very versatile and features a handful of must-see’s, however leaves loads of room for wandering and stumbling upon hidden treasures.
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A must-see in Colmar is the Petite Venice space, which other than the canal seems little or no like precise Venice – however is uber charming nonetheless! The luxurious floral preparations towards the colourful homes are awe inspiring and make for beautiful photographs. On this journey to Colmar we took a ship tour via the canal, which is one thing I’d extremely suggest! We opted for the Candy Narcisse tour which is simply off the overwhelmed path and allowed us a spot to fold up and stash our stroller. The tour took perhaps half-hour however was an amazing expertise because the tour information shared a number of details about the realm (in English) and it was break from strolling all day. There was a spot the place we needed to crouch down very low to duck underneath a low bridge, however aside from that this tour was very accessible and superb with kids.
After our canal boat trip, we stopped for lunch at Bistrot des Lavandières – an amazing spot with outside seating and scrumptious meals (I had the duck…considered one of my favorites!).
After lunch, we discovered our method to a park on the sting of city, which was good for our little ones who have been wanting to burn off some power. The park had a splash pad, a large open garden, and a restaurant on the sting which the right spot for an Aperol Spritz! Our ladies have been notably within the park’s lovely carousel, and we spent what felt like 5 hours driving in circles….oh so cute, however not for these of us who get dizzy simply!
One other spot we all the time hit is the Marche Couvert (indoor market), which is the right place to pickup all the things it is advisable to take advantage of scrumptious charcuterie board, native wines, and a few scrumptious recent baked treats for dessert.
*Tip: Exterior of the market, overlooking the canal and multi-colored timber body homes, is our favourite spot for photographs!
Desirous about studying extra concerning the surrounding cities within the Alsatian area? Keep tuned for my subsequent submit coming quickly, the place I’ll share about our travels to Kaysersberg and Riquewihr!