Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Colors of Colmar

This year it was my turn to go to the national convention of the organization I work for, and I couldn't be more delighted that it was held in Colmar, Alsace.

I only found out about the possibility of going two weeks ago, and I must admit that at first glance the travel plans were daunting. Flying from Rodez to Paris, then Paris to Strasbourg, then take a taxi or public transporation into the Strasbourg train station, then take a train to Colmar? All of that sounded pretty complicated, and would have left quite the carbon footprint behind.

I opted for two night trains for the Paris-Rodez leg, and did the whole trip by train. Luckily there was one night in a hotel involved in between, even though I love night trains and sleep soundly on them.

Unfortunately, my photos didn't turn out very well, as they were taken quickly with my small camera as I rushed off on foot to and from the convention. So I won't post any more here -- I just wish I had been able to truly capture the city's vibrant colors. They amazed me at every turn.

11 comments:

spacedlaw said...

And yet it is still colourful!

Betty C. said...

Yes, but somehow I thought I had good light and didn't really -- also the photos were taken in a rush as I was half "headed straight to the conference" and half "getting lost accidentally/on purpose" to explore the streets...

Alison said...

I'm sure the photos are better than you think they are. I love this one you've posted!

Betty C. said...

I don't think I'm being overly self-critical. For example, I was just thrilled with the photos I took when I went to see Loulou, and was even feeling quite artsy-fartsy about them. Different camera, different circumstances, different mindset too...

TJ said...

i love it. even if it was quickly taken with a little camera.:)

and i would have taken the train too. i miss trains.

Le laquet said...

It's so pretty! I love night trains ... I always sleep like a log on them!

Tinsie said...

Colmar is soooo pretty! What a great choice for a conference, even if it was a bit of a pain to get to :-)

Betty C. said...

Tinsie, I'm with the previous comments -- I really enjoy train travel. It was a little long, but I came back less exhausted than when I have to fly to and from Paris in the same day.

Tinsie said...

Oh I agree - I much prefer train travel to flying within Europe and take the train whenever I can :-)

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT photo!!! Love the colourful buildings!

Jann said...

this is a great photo,such brilliant blues~I would love to visit this town! I love traveling by train....what a way to see the countryside!