26.07.2013 - 26.07.2013 34 °C
Our brief foray into Switzerland ended today and we returned to France for our fourth and final time of this trip. Our final destination today was Nancy, in the northeast of France. Nancy is just a few kilometers from the small community of Ludres where Hannah lived for three months with a French family as part of an exchange program.
On the way to Nancy we stopped in the historic town of Colmar. This city was one of the last to be liberated in World War II and despite a prolonged occupation and having been in close proximity to wars throughout its history it has been spared the ravages of such conflicts. It has many medieval era buildings in its large historic quarter. The oldest buildings are reminiscent of structures one would find in Tudor era England. It was a town well worth visiting but had we truly appreciated the heat and humidity that we were to encounter today we might have had second thoughts about stopping. As it happens Colmar is the town with the most sunshine and highest temperatures in all of France. It even surpasses the Mediterranean towns of Provence in the clear skies department.
We slowly wandered the streets keeping to the shaded side when possible and favoured the narrower alleyways. It is a popular destination among tourists but everyone we saw looked a bit wilted and more interested in taking in sites that sold frosty drinks rather than examining the 800 year old building standing right next door. The heat so addled Muriel's brain that after a couple of hours she could not make sense of our map and starting wandering somewhat erratically through the town. Hannah was eventually able to relieve her of the map and guide us with haste back to our air conditioned car. Within in a few minutes Muriel had regained all her faculties but may not have gained a true appreciation of Colmar.
Hannah thought it somewhat surreal to be returning to the area in which she lived a little over a year ago. We look forward to meeting the Poirot family tomorrow and entering a world we have heard so much about from Hannah but have yet to experience first-hand.