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15.05.2011 10:00 to 20:00
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City/Town: Alsace, France
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Meeting Point: SBB Basel

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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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

Remember your passports and some €!


Do you need a passport to go to Alsace? Wow I wouldn't have thought to bring ours.

Just for info would any of you who live near the border know whether diesel is cheaper in France? I will need to fill up at some stage but could hold on till we get over the border if it would save us some money.
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

Yes you should bring your passport. I have been checked once in the past year and I cross the border pretty much daily, but according to Murphy's Law you will of course be stopped on this one day when you don't have a passport (European ID-card works as well).

Sorry don't know about diesel but gas is definitely cheaper in Switzerland.

PS we might still come as well, depending on the weather.
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Yes you should bring your passport. I have been checked once in the past year and I cross the border pretty much daily, but according to Murphy's Law you will of course be stopped on this one day when you don't have a passport (European ID-card works as well).

Sorry don't know about diesel but gas is definitely cheaper in Switzerland.

PS we might still come as well, depending on the weather.
Thanks for that. I always have my ID card with me (it's much smaller) which is why I didn't consider the passport.
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

Diesel is cheaper in Germany than Switzerland but i don't know about France. Gas is cheaper in Switzerland than Germany but again don't know about France. I'll ask my colleagues though!
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When I was in france a few weeks ago it was 1.60Euro per litre for Petrol and 1.50odd Euro for diesel.

That was at the motorway service stations though
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Diesel is cheaper in Germany than Switzerland but i don't know about France. Gas is cheaper in Switzerland than Germany but again don't know about France. I'll ask my colleagues though!
So its the same for France i have been told. Also, do u have Reka? Aparantly u can use these discount coupons towards gas and its cheaper. http://www.reka.ch/fr/pages/default.aspx Some companies sell them (not mine though)
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In Neuchatel the BP station near the Maladiere centre accept reka money.
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So its the same for France i have been told. Also, do u have Reka? Aparantly u can use these discount coupons towards gas and its cheaper. http://www.reka.ch/fr/pages/default.aspx Some companies sell them (not mine though)
If I remember, I'll bring some Reka checks with me (I have a bunch stuffed in the bookcase at home). If anyone knows where they can use them for fuel and wants to buy a few then they can have then at 80% of face value.
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If anyone knows where they can use them for fuel and wants to buy a few then they can have then at 80% of face value.

I'm keen on buying them ( REKA cheques ) off you ( up to CHF3K face value )! PM me please.
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In Neuchatel the BP station near the Maladiere centre accept reka money.
Thanks for the info but I don't even know what REKA money is.

Edit. Just read the link so at least I kinow what it is now. Haven't got any though.
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

http://www.reka.ch/en/pages/default.aspx

http://www.reka.ch/en/rekageld/zahlu...s/default.aspx

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If I remember, I'll bring some Reka checks with me (I have a bunch stuffed in the bookcase at home). If anyone knows where they can use them for fuel and wants to buy a few then they can have then at 80% of face value.
I'll buy some off you since Porsch has told me where I can spend them.(will help reduce my fuel bill I guess)
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

Mirfield before you sell them cheaply, are you aware you do not just have to use them for fuel? you can use them to hire cars, pay for mobility cars and shops and restaurants also take them. Reka also do a whole range of holidays etc.
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Mirfield before you sell them cheaply, are you aware you do not just have to use them for fuel? you can use them to hire cars, pay for mobility cars and shops and restaurants also take them. Reka also do a whole range of holidays etc.
Mirfield only likes the colour of real money

I fear the Reka cheques will only turn up on the monopoly board if he doesn't sell them (a better use than bookmarks though I suppose).
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Well. It's a funny story.

I was laundering my money at the side of the road, when this bloke came up to me...
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Mirfield only likes the colour of real money

I fear the Reka cheques will only turn up on the monopoly board if he doesn't sell them (a better use than bookmarks though I suppose).
Aha so he prefers the yellow of the 10chf to the cool blue of Reka I am sure this says something about his personality
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Aha so he prefers the yellow of the 10chf to the cool blue of Reka I am sure this says something about his personality
They've just been sat on the bookshelf for a year. I don't have a car and I always forget them when I hire a car. They nearly got accidentally thrown away the other week. Might as well pass them on at the price I paid.
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I'll buy some off you since Porsch has told me where I can spend them.(will help reduce my fuel bill I guess)
Ask your hubby. He may be able to get them from his work.
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Re: A leisurely day in Alsace

Approximant schedule:

It takes about one hour to drive from Basel to the Castle, so we can assume we'll be there around 11, probably be there for an hour or so. The Monkey mountain is closed during lunch time, so perhaps we'll grab a bite in the mean time (there is a restaurant just by the park). I don't want to put time limits on the park, we'll just stay as long as we like before heading to Riquewihr.

For the non Baselers who don't know us and are not 100% how to find us (which will probably be easy since there will be a loud English speaking group at the parking space), feel free to PM me if you want my number.

See you all tomorrow, looks like the rain forecast is canceled!
Looking very much forward to it!
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Approximant schedule:

It takes about one hour to drive from Basel to the Castle, so we can assume we'll be there around 11, probably be there for an hour or so. The Monkey mountain is closed during lunch time, so perhaps we'll grab a bite in the mean time (there is a restaurant just by the park). I don't want to put time limits on the park, we'll just stay as long as we like before heading to Riquewihr.

For the non Baselers who don't know us and are not 100% how to find us (which will probably be easy since there will be a loud English speaking group at the parking space), feel free to PM me if you want my number.

See you all tomorrow, looks like the rain forecast is canceled!
Looking very much forward to it!
And there will be laughing (or crying) depending on the results of Euro-Whatever tonight...
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