After an excellent tasting at Domaine Joseph Cattin in Voegtlinshoffen, we drove the short distance to Colmar to have lunch at L’Echevin and walk in the old town
Restaurant L’Echevin is in the Old Quarter of Colmar known as “Little Venice.” Colmar is the ‘capital’ of the Alsace wine region and Little Venice is one of the ancient and architecturally interesting parts of the city on the banks of River Lauch. L’Echevin is in Place des Six Montagnes Noires.
My old friend David Ling of Hugel et Fils suggested we have lunch at the L’Echgevin and made a reservation. David has lived in Alsace for many decades and knows the region and its attractions pretty well. “L’Echevin is the restaurant of the Maréchal hotel, historic half-timbered building right on the waterfront in the Petite Venise quarter of Colmar. It is a member of the German « Romantik-Hotels » group (self-explanatory!) but family owned and run. A little bit of the Black Forest in Alsace so no need to cross the Rhine… !” David said.
They had a special menu for us – Amuse Bouche de l’Echevin, Omble Chevalier en Darne Epaisse, Risotto Carnaroli auc Cêpes d’Alsace and Délice Coco Ananas, Sauce Pina Colada. Joseph Cattin wines were drunk with the meal.
After lunch we walked through the old town to the coach park where our coach and drivers were waiting. It is 1.3 km (10/15 minutes if you walk non-stop). However, there was time for a leisurely stroll through the old town stopping to look at old buildings and monuments. Out of the restaurant and obliquely across the square with Fontaine Roesselmann, we walked into the Grand’rue, stopping briefly to stand on Quai de la Poissonnerie and look at River Lauch and the pretty flower decked old houses and restaurants on its banks.
We walked past the old half-timbered houses to the Ancienne Douane and Quartier des Tanneurs and turned left up towards the cathedral (Collégiale St-Martin) and Eglise des Dominicains (housing the Grunewald/Schoengauer masterpieces while the Unterlinden museum is being renovated (not to be missed!). For shops, you could continue to next junction and turn left into rue des Clefs – the main street for retail therapy! Both routes meet at the top end of Rue des Clefs, near the Unterlinden Museum.
We were now close to the big coach park where our drivers were waiting. We walked through Galerie des Remparts, bordered the bus and headed back to Riquewhir.
That evening we were to dine at Auberge de I”Ill. Tell you about it next.