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Weekend Trip - Franche-Comté/Alsace art, culture, wine and nature
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City/Town: Alsace, France
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Meeting Point: Besancon, France

Hi,

what could be a better way to enjoy spring, than a weekend filled with culture, wine, art, partying and nature?

The trip plan is as follows:

We leave on Saturday, 16th April from lovely Basel

First stop is Lion de Belfort, a monument done by Bartholdi (same guy that made Statue of Liberty)



After that, we continue towards Besancon.


Besancon - an unknown capital - is the place worth visiting. Unknown capital, full of art, beauty and charm! See the review here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...ce-city-breaks

we will see the citadel, and afterwards the Museum of Arts, known as 'Little Louvre'. The museum has one of the best permanent collections, and, as luck has it, there's also an exibition of Charles Lapicque



After overdose of culture and history, we gather in the evening in a restaurant such as Le Poker d'As

"...The menu drips with regional delicacies, from pumpkin and comté soup to chicken cooked in the local sherry-like vin jaune. Ignore the bizarre decor - the food is great, with evening menus starting at €22. And if, like me, you tumble out on to the street after five courses, two Arbois wines and a digestif, you'll have done the owners, the Bisontins, proud. ..."


Some of more romantic ones retreat into thier chambres to continue drinking wine etcetera while party people continue to explore nightlife of 'Las Vegas of Alsace'.


Sunday morning:

After breakfast, we check out and go towards Osselle Cave





This is followed by a lunch in some of the nearby restaurants.

The final destination are gorgeous waterfalls:
http://www.interfrance.com/en/fc/na_wf.html

where we spend some time


After all of this we are heading home. General idea is to reach Basel by 19h.


The total cost of the trip should be approx 100 EUR per person. The accommodation is around 40, lunch 25, dinner 35. There may be some extras for museum entrance or cave.


Hope for a sunny weather, to make the trip perfect!
Cheers!
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  • Meeyat + 2 guests - 10pixels and Sezdee riding with me, car full!
  • sezdee - Sounds wonderful! Thanks for organising, and for the lift :)
  • Wozel + 1 guest - So excited to attend another of your masterpiece weekends! Please let us know if we should book directly with the hotel or arrange payment in some other way.
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  • Bexie - not sure if I am around that week
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  • tkn - Wonderful plan, thanks for organizing. Unfortunately, I will be in the land of freedom (and burgers).
  • jivegirl - soon to be unemployed :( Maybe next time.
  • Bananahead - Wrong weekend for me. Now the previous weekend I will be there......
  • Begga - @ goodbye party
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  • Justsquirrel - Looks amazing but am away, enjoy your trip
  • cmirsky - Sorry.. .Have to back out... :-( Yàll have a great time though... .-) )
  • danny - sounds like a blast wish i could have made it
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Old 23.03.2011, 13:32
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

If time permits, we may squeeze in the visit to:

Notre Dame du Haut (Rohnchamp) Cathedral







It is beautiful building, a masterpiece of Le Corbusier (Franco-Swiss architect)

It is enlisted into '100 most beautiful cathedrals in the world'


And photography opportunities inside and outside are just fantastic:

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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Which city/town are you planning to stay in? I could help search for the accomodarion.
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Old 23.03.2011, 20:13
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

stay in Besancon.

I have reserved Citéa Besançon

http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/citea-besancon.html

the hotel is centrally located, has good reviews on booking.com and it is cheap. (around 20 eur/person, without breakfast)

If you can secure something nicer or more convenient, that would be good, I can cancel this one.
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Sounds great, thanks for organizing! I'll have to check and get back to you.
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Meeyat, may I ride with you please? Thanks.
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

actually, I figured out that this is not Alsace, it is Franche-Comté region.

Even better, I say!

Franche-Comté is a must to visit. Famous for its cheese, history and great party spirit, great food and friendly locals plus the breathtaking landscape. I can't wait to go there!
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Man, so much action scheduled for one amazing weekend - sounds totally awesome!
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

What accomodation are you thinking of ? We might be interested...
But will need transportation...
Could be fun...
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Ishaka, so I am reading between the lines that you will be joining!

cmirsky - I have booked accommodation for 10 people, in the center of Besancon (Citea Besancon). It is inexpensive and looks nice. Which means there will be more cash left for wine!

My car is full - but I reckon there will be someone with a car. Aryans is also looking for an extra seat. There's a business case for weekend rental from, say, Lorrach (should be cheaper)...
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

OP, do you need to edit the event title to Franche-Comté?

Alsace rings a bell to more people (type of culture, art, etc,) even if is geographically incorrect...either way.
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Re: Weekend Trip - Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

I think if I edit the title of the event, all the reservations are gone. So people may need to re-subscribe .

Besides I thought that "Franche-Comté" is a fancy food or something like haute cousine, or RSVP, or some other funky French expression...

you live, you learn...

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PS: theMod was faster than me! The title is edited now. Thanks MusicChick (you avatar's great, btw!)

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Re: Weekend Trip - Franche-Comté/Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Thanks for organizing what looks to be a super weekend!

The hotel you recommended is filling up, so please make a final booking soon. Is there a group booking? To avoid any confusion I have already booked my double room with booking number 923.883.405 .

http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/cite...06534ccda7aeX2

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PS: theMod was faster than me! The title is edited now. Thanks MusicChick (you avatar's great, btw!)

Some other modship was faster, I was busy making lunch don't want to take the credit.

Hey, really cool event. Next time I am on board, definitely. Have a car, just don't know anyone who wouldn't be scared to drive with me
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Hey, really cool event. Next time I am on board, definitely. Have a car, just don't know anyone who wouldn't be scared to drive with me
Why not joining this time, instead of next time? You know, the best time is now, who snooze loose, don't procrastinate, etc.


If you join, I am sure that you will have the great company in the car. Aryans for example. And awesome company on the whole trip. And since in CH on Sunday shops are closed and laundry is forbidden (!) I am unable to see what else you can do...
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Next time I am on board, definitely.
We already have the next time ma'am.
A leisurely day in Alsace
Looking forward to meet you (and as a true viking; I am not afraid of sailing with you! hoi hoi)!
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Re: Weekend Trip - Franche-Comté/Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Can I get a ride please ?
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Re: Weekend Trip - Franche-Comté/Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Typical. A weekend of fun in Zurich already planned. And I have a house in Besancon so know it a little bit.

I would plan on at least three hours for the Citadel. Here is a picture.

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Can anyone offer up a ride for 2 ?
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Re: Weekend Trip - Franche-Comté/Alsace art, culture, wine and nature

Nice trip! We went to Besancon in october and also stayed in the Citea Hotel. Pretty basic, but has all you need and it was clean. Walking downtown will take about 15-20 minutes.

I second the 3 hours for the citadel - it's a large area and even contains some sort of zoo. Hope you have a good time!
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