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City/Town: Alsace, France
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Hi everybody.

We are going for an easy day out in Alsace, France. You will need a car / ride for this trip and a navigator. Please specify in the RSVP if you have a car / need a ride / have a ride. I will provide further directions and timings as we get closer to this event. I think it would be the best if we would meet at the parking space at the SBB Bahnhof and go together.

UPDATE: Let's meet at the parking place by Media Markt (SBB Bahnhof) around 9:45 so that we can hit the road at 10!

Where are we going?

We will start with a short tour in castle Haut-Koenigsbourg. This castle has spectacular view over the region, and on a (very) clear day you can see all the way to the Alps. This magnificent view was of course useful during the middle ages, but during the Thirty Years' War it was destroyed by the Swedes.
In the year 1900, while Alsace belonged to Germany, a German Emperor, William II of Hohenzollern, started the restoration of the castle. His goal was not only to rebuild the castle, but also to make it as a museum of the Middle Ages.
Entrance fee: 8 € - if we reach more than 20 people, then 6 €



After that we are going to the Monkey Mountain!
And that is fun children. It’s a park where more than 280 monkeys are living in total freedom in 24 ha of forest and meadow. You can get popcorn from the staff to feed them from your hand and you will learn about the monkey’s social behavior.
Entrance fee: 8.50 € - for a group: 6.50 €




We will then end in a tiny little town called Riquewihr (pronounced like Reykjavík).
If you like Colmar, you are going to love Riquewihr. We will wander around, grab a beer, eat some traditional Flammeküeche and enjoy ourselves. I could eventually arrange wine tasting if there is interest for that.



Can you think of a better way to spend your Sunday? I certainly can’t!

RSVP'd Yes: 23 (12 members and 11 guests)
  • mimi1981 + 2 guests - just need to buy a baby seat for the car
  • cmirsky + 1 guest - YAY !!! Thanks Mirfield... (and of course the "MiMi`s"
  • JustRose - need a ride
  • 10pixels - will be riding with meeyat ... :)
  • Meeyat + 2 guests - fantastic! Meeyat + 2 guests + tkn and 10pixels in the car! (all seats taken)
  • Belgianmum + 1 guest - OK we're in. + Begga and JustRose . Possible place for one smallish behind.
  • Seb_sheppard - I would love to come, but have no car, so will need a lift please. If will exchange a lift for a sample of organic olive oil from my Spanish farm (have limited supply unfortunately).
  • zuzuni + 1 guest - will be riding with Angela!!
  • Begga + 1 guest - both riding with Belgianmum
  • saharanz + 2 guests - we're riding with TJ45
  • ThomasSSS - Yes, especially if I can find a ride...
  • TJ45 + 1 guest - Saharanz and co are riding with us.
RSVP'd Maybe: 12 (9 members and 3 guests)
  • ullainga + 1 guest - quite possibly, schedule permitting. Unless anybody is terribly afraid of dogs, we'd bring the puppies as well. 3 places in the car available too.
  • Sagar_KD - Might have friends from overseas that weekend.
  • JLF + 1 guest - Would love to come along. We will have to decide a little closer to the date though... :-)
  • Roshan
  • sezdee - oops, just realised I don't think i'm here that weekend :(
  • Aryans - There are 2 events for Alsace(one in April and other in May) and I am still not sure when to go. I will sign as RSVP now.
  • tkn - If I am in Switzerland. Thanks Meeyat for offering the ride!
  • MusicChick - Sounds lovely, I have a school fieldtrip sometime around those days, so cannot confirm yet.
  • Fidgety + 1 guest - Me and my 4 year old daughter. Have space one possibly 2 spaces in the car. Coming from French side near Basel, want to see the weather first.
RSVP'd No: 8
  • Miss Friis - Looks like a great trip, but will be in Denmark that weekend
  • LiquidPaper - Sorry, a commitment came up - maybe next time!
  • jrspet - Have phun - tis a lovely place but I am working.
  • amaraya - being kidnapped to an undisclosed location!
  • adrianlondon - Unfortunately I probably have to do some work that day
  • Justsquirrel - Very sorry but have to cry off this time, have a fabulous day :-)
  • Nil - Sorry, still not feeling enough fit to do a whole day out! Hope you all have a great time!
  • Flamelily - It is a lovely idea but we will be busy preparing our move. Hopefully next time!
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Do you think this is a good day out for an 11 year old?
I simply can NOT imagine any better fun for 11 yr old than to hang out with fun-loving, life enjoying expats for the whole day.

Not only he will get the necessary dose of multi-culturalism, but also he will enjoy the scenery, food and conversation. Just in case, pack PlayStation Portable if he gets too bored.


Two places in my car available to whoever reserves it first.
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Do you think this is a good day out for an 11 year old? Hubby will be in Denver that weekend so I will be alone with him. It sounds like a great day out but I wouldn't want him to be bored as believe me a bored 11 year old is really not fun to be around.
I will have a car and 2 or 3 spaces depending on size of passengers.
In my opinion absolutely yes. Begga has organised a brilliant itinery ... we did exactly this trip last year with 5 children ranging from 14 down to almost 2 and they all enjoyed it. Perhaps the least enjoyable will be walking around the town (it was for the 13 year old boy with us) ... but you can lure him along with promises of anything he wants from the menu when you do sit down!

The castle is a real traditional medieval fortress thingy, and if you read French, there are great children's materials available there to make the visit even more interesting.

And the monkeys ... well just don't take any food of your own in there .. we saw a monkey jump onto a 5 year old girl's back, unhook her buckled back pack and swipe out a pack of crisps!! It was hilarious but the poor little girl didn't think so!
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

Great plan. Unless something happens, we are planning to come with our dogs (will do something else or take turns to visit Monkey Mountain as pets are not allowed there). Can offer a couple of places in the car too if you don't mind our furballs in the back.
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In my opinion absolutely yes. Begga has organised a brilliant itinery ... we did exactly this trip last year with 5 children ranging from 14 down to almost 2 and they all enjoyed it. Perhaps the least enjoyable will be walking around the town (it was for the 13 year old boy with us) ... but you can lure him along with promises of anything he wants from the menu when you do sit down!

The castle is a real traditional medieval fortress thingy, and if you read French, there are great children's materials available there to make the visit even more interesting.

And the monkeys ... well just don't take any food of your own in there .. we saw a monkey jump onto a 5 year old girl's back, unhook her buckled back pack and swipe out a pack of crisps!! It was hilarious but the poor little girl didn't think so!
Thanks that's good to know. I thought it would be the sort of things he would like (especially the monkeys) but just wanted to check before committing myself.
He is completely bilingual English/French so he's sorted for activities at the castle.

Will bring his DS and some books for the car and he'll be happy.
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So excited! MONKEYS!!!
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Two places in my car available to whoever reserves it first.
May I ride with you please, Meeyat? Thanks.
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Great plan. Unless something happens, we are planning to come with our dogs (will do something else or take turns to visit Monkey Mountain as pets are not allowed there). Can offer a couple of places in the car too if you don't mind our furballs in the back.
Hi ullainga,
just FYI, dogs are not allowed in the Monkey Mountain nor in the castle. So there will be a lot of waiting in the car. And if it will be a hot day, that won't be fun for them
Teckla will stay at home this day.
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Pff not in the castle either? Pff. That's just silly. Will have to think about it then.
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May I ride with you please, Meeyat? Thanks.
you are welcome! One more seat left!
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Do you think this is a good day out for an 11 year old? Hubby will be in Denver that weekend so I will be alone with him. It sounds like a great day out but I wouldn't want him to be bored as believe me a bored 11 year old is really not fun to be around.
I will have a car and 2 or 3 spaces depending on size of passengers.
hey belgianmum, if you bring your 11 year old then will bring along our 10 year old son- they can keep each other busy and our monkey-boy is french-english (spanish) too! it would be great to have them together and much easier for us
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I had a PM from someone interested in cycling it with me, so assuming the weather holds out, that's my plan!

Anyone else for cycling post here or PM me and we'll work on a plan.
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

The baby is coming the 21st of April which gives me plenty of time to figure how I am feeling and how we can handle a newborn and a toddler out. If we still in the country, we will hopefully be able to join you guys!
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HEY!!
Who tagged that Teckla was a monkey?
She is NOT a monkey thank you very much!
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The baby is coming the 21st of April which gives me plenty of time to figure how I am feeling and how we can handle a newborn and a toddler out. If we still in the country, we will hopefully be able to join you guys!
no worries mama, plenty of hands on board to help out!
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Saved for me?!? If its still free i'd love to join!
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Saved for me?!? If its still free i'd love to join!
all seats taken in my limo, sorry. Hunt around, there are some that still have seats free (see on their RSVP statuses whether they offer seats)
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all seats taken in my limo, sorry. Hunt around, there are some that still have seats free (see on their RSVP statuses whether they offer seats)
Belgianmum, have you still got space for one?
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Belgianmum, have you still got space for one?
Yes. You're the first one to ask. I'll reserve a spot for you
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Yes. You're the first one to ask. I'll reserve a spot for you
Okay, since I'm not 100% sure my +2 and the car are coming, can I reserve a spot with you too?
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Okay, since I'm not 100% sure my +2 and the car are coming, can I reserve a spot with you too?
OK. One place reserved for Begga. 2 spots taken so only one possible space remaining (for a small person who doesn't mind being cosy in the back)
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