Well, we scrapped our plans to go to Belgium because we don’t have enough time to make a road trip there worthwhile. Instead, we’re going to go to Colmar, France. It’s a very charming city in extreme eastern France. We meant to visit last time we were here, but we ran out of time.
Colmar is maybe a two hour drive away through the Black Forest. Should be a pleasant ride. I booked us in a basic and inexpensive hotel. I’m hoping for good food and a change of scenery. Colmar is a pretty town.
I was thinking of going to Switzerland, too. But to go to Switzerland and use the motorway, you have to buy a vignette. Unless things have changed, the vignette is good from December 1 until January 31 of the following year. So if we bought one now, it would expire at the end of January 2015. I’m not aware of any discounts, either. No wonder Switzerland is so lush and pretty! It’s better to wait until December to go to Switzerland, if only to get ourselves a vignette. They cost 40 Swiss francs or, I believe, 30 euros… That’s about $40 or so.
Vignettes are a fact of life in a lot of European countries. Some places let you buy vignettes that are good for a few days and they don’t cost much at all. Others, like Switzerland, require you to buy one that is good for a year or so. The countries that don’t have vignettes usually have tolls. Germany is a rare country where there aren’t road tolls or vignettes.
I often see people with Swiss plates driving around here. It’s hard to imagine what would lure them to Germany, although I’m sure a lot of things are cheaper here. Like, the other day, I saw a guy driving a big truck on A81 with four big tires strapped to his roof. I bet he bought those tires here.
Another thing that’s kind of cool is that a lot of Europeans use English to get by in places where they don’t speak the language. For instance, when Bill and I visited Trier a couple of years ago, we had dinner at a little gasthaus. A French family was also dining and instead of speaking French or German, they spoke English. I guess it makes more sense, since English is a bit more global than German is and French and German aren’t somewhat similar the way Spanish and French are.
Ooh… this reminds me of an experience we had in Barcelona at a fabulous restaurant called Cinc Sentits. Here’s my review. It’s from 2009, but boy did that place put a smile on Bill’s face… Hope we can go back to Barcelona and enjoy it again. It’s one place where you’ll hear plenty of different languages.
Cinc Sentits is a five star feast for the five senses…
Apr 21, 2009 (Updated Apr 7, 2010)
Review by knotheadusc
Recommend this product? Yes
Vegetarian Friendly: No
Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations This is a good place to indulge yourself. Go for the eight course tasting menu with a wine pairing!
Best Suited For: Romantic Evening