After Eguisheim (see Alsace Pt 1) we kept driving on the Route de Vins d’Alsace north to Riquewhir. This is one of the two Alsatian towns that the Disney artists used for inspiration when creating Beauty and the Beast. If only I’d had a yellow dress to waltz around in….
After walking through Riquewhir for a bit (the tune of Beauty and the Beast in my head the entire day), we made our way to Colmar. Colmar seems huge compared to the other Alsatian villages we’d passed through- population 67,000 whereas Eguisheim’s is only 1,500.
I’m sure I will get to know Colmar better since it’s one of the cities I will perform in with Ballet du Rhin. Besides the theater and the endless charm, there are several Michelin starred restaurants- Alsace has more Michelin restaurants than any other region. Nice that it’s only 30 minutes away!
We went to a restaurant called L’Arpege. I had read about it being bio and vegetarian-friendly. When we got there a guy who turned out to be the owner/ maître’d/ server all in one was unloading ingredients from a truck out front. He told us the restaurant didn’t open for another 45 minutes (people eat late in France) and that it was all booked but we could eat out in the garden. It was so beautiful in the garden I was happy too. He gave us blankets and told us with a wink that he would explain the menu in English but after that we would speak only in French. It turned out he was so busy running around we didn’t talk much at all in any language but the experience was still a really nice way to end our Alsace day.