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If you are looking for an authentic experience, la Maison Bleue is the place to come. The home has modern conveniences, especially the kitchen, yet when you sit on the patio by the canal, watching the boatsand swans float by, You will feel you’re in a time gone by. Everything is clean and well cared for in the house, the garden is beautiful, and the cherry tomatoes delicious. Brigitte is helpful and picked us up at the train which is, however, only about a 15 minute walk to the house. Next-door is a good restaurant and another across the canal. The bathroom is not quite modern as the tub is too high, but the shower works well. Momoprix is a good grocery. From the train station, You can catch a bus to the villages, but get a schedule at the train station first to figure out the times. You can hop on and off the bus for one fare, so you see more than one village. This was preferable to us for two reasons: 1. no car rental needed 2. buses drive all around each village, so you can see them. Riquevihr also Has a little white tourist train that takes you into the vineyards above the village – splendid views.
In Colmar you can walk everywhere in the Old town and Petite Venise. We are an active retired couple but were able to navigate this trip without a guide, tour, or a car. One week is enough time here in Colmar and the villages. We flew into Zürich from the US.