For a short fiction piece that I’ve been trying to finish since Portugal earlier this year, I’ve been wanting to pop over to the Alsace region for a short weekend to spend researching about medieval villages since I have never really been to one other than Tallinn which of course, doesn’t count as a village. After a week of writer’s block, I finally got on a 2hr train to Strasbourg. Not getting any of the vibe I was looking for, I checked for any trains heading out to the smaller villages. I lucked out with the last one headed to Colmar.
I immediately fell head over heels with the architecture and the warmth of the people. And yes! I did notice that they had a slightly different accent although I didn’t get to hear any of the Alsatian dialect during my stay. The food was hearty and unsurprisingly similar to neighbouring Germany. Actually, many of the town’s tourists at the time were Germans. Wandering on foot for the better part of the day does not get at all tiring as there are a plethora of beautiful gardens to read a book and large taverns in the medieval fashion for a pint, if that’s more your thing. As you might see from the photos below, I found a bucketful of inspiration and left with a finished story in my hands.
Packing your bags yet? 😉