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Wednesday, 27 October 2004
Strange sights in Colmar


Over the past weekend Pinkie and I also spent some time wandering around Colmar, capital of the half of Alsace known as the Haut Rhin.  It seems that Colmar was spared heavy bombing in both World Wars as the old medieval city remains intact.  Regarding the photo above, we spotted several women walking around with headgear fastened with quaint bows under their chin.  It was a surprise, as I had thought that all the Alsatian true believers had moved to the USA.

There were about 7 or 8 women in these garbs who appeared to be leading a larger group of women (and one man). They came to the restaurant where we had lunch, when I noticed that they were speaking a Germanic language, possibly Swiss.

Obscure fact: The longest and most prestigious race-walking event in the world is the 530 km Paris to Colmar walk.  Female competitors do the somewhat shorter 300 km from Chalons-sur-Marne to Colmar.

Posted by bigblue on 27/10/2004 at 12:01 PM
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