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Colmar or elsewhere for 3 - 4 nights in October

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Colmar or elsewhere for 3 - 4 nights in October

I would like to spend 3 to 4 nights in mid-October in the Alsace region w/o a car. Starting in Paris and want to spend some time in the rural part of France too. Would you recommend staying in Colmar or a smaller village? Hoping to take day trips from wherever we are with the tourist office or recommended guide. Will there still be flowers in October? Thanks for your help.

Also if you can recommend where to stay in terms of scenic area of town that would be appreciated too. We are both interested in photography, architecture, food, etc.

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1. Re: Colmar or elsewhere for 3 - 4 nights in October

We stayed in Riquewihr for a week (with a car) in mid-Oct. of '09, and whereas the scenery and weather were beautiful, the flowers were gone. Loved Riquewihr as a base, but don't know how it would be w/o a car.

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2. Re: Colmar or elsewhere for 3 - 4 nights in October

Alsace without a car means that you are tied to public transport which can be good or not depending on where you are.

There will still be geraniums in the windowboxes in mid-October but they may be past their best. Still plenty to see and do.

I would recommend Colmar as a base, as Riquewihr depends on a bus service to get out and about and you'll probably have to go via Colmar to get places.

From Colmar you can visit Strasbourg, Turckheim and Munster by train, Riquewihr/Ribeauvillé/Eguisheim/Kaysersberg/Col du Bonhomme and the Route du Vin by bus, though the services prioritise school hours and workers' schedules ....http://www.cg68.fr/en/horaires-des-bus/horaires-des-bus.html (rural buses) http://www.trace-colmar.fr/ (Colmar and adjoining communes buses).

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