Early the next morning we loaded up and made the pleasant 25 minute drive to Colmar. We were greeted by a replica Statue of Liberty when entering the city (#Merica!). Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the artist who designed the Statue of Liberty, was a native of Colmar.
Rick Steves says there isn't a straight street in Colmar. I believe him. This is a view of the Tanners' Quarter, restored in 1970, which was a pioneer in the government-funded renovation of old quarters. Residents had to play along or move out.
The Evans Family in Colmar, France on Saturday May 2, 2015.
Old charming building.
The Maison Pfister (left in the photo below) is a richly decorated merchant's house that dates from 1537. The owner displayed his wealth for all to enjoy (and envy). The spiral staircase, turret, and bay windows were pricey add-ons. The king or president or whatever kind of ruler they have of Malaysia loved this street so much he had it recreated in Kuala Lumpur. Added to my wanderlust list.
Beautiful, classic, half-timbered homes. Houses of the rich used to be built of stone (like the Maison Pfister two photos above) and anyone on a budget built half-timbered structures. Originally, proud townsfolk would plaster over their beams to create the illusion of stone. Then, in the 20th century, half-timbered became charming so they peeled away the plaster to reveal the old beams. Glad they did!
The famous Maison des Têtes was built in 1609 by a big-shot winemaker. It is playfully decorated with 105 faces and masks on the facade.
St. Martin's Cathedral was built in 1235. The stone here is more golden in color than the red stone of the Strasbourg cathedral despite both being built from stone carried from the nearby Vosges Mountains.
While the Unterlinden Museum is being renovated, this church is home to that museum's masterpieces, including the Isenheim Altarpiece, the back of which you can see here.
Eric and Tanya didn't join us in the Dominic Church/Temporary Unterlinden Museum (heafty admission charge for that right now) so we met back up with them and moseyed back to our car ready for lunch and nap time for the kids.
Such a fun morning. Next stop: Eguisheim.