When we were preparing for the big move to Switzerland four years ago, we decided to forgo buying a car upon arrival in favour of travelling abroad more.
Back then I used to panic at the idea of not owning my own car because I didn’t know anything else. I started driving when I was 15 and drove around everywhere ever since.
The public transport system in the area where I lived ticked on its own clock, and I didn’t have monster calf muscles strong enough to cycle up and down the hills of Auckland.
I had to part with my beloved station wagon when I moved. I was absolutely heartbroken when I had to say bye to it because it was such a good car. I used to be able to fit my entire life into it and feel invincible.
So far we’ve done pretty well. Switzerland’s public transport system is so great and reliable that I actually don’t mind being on buses and trains. I hardly ever felt the need or urge to go out and buy a car … well, until one particular weekend in February when we had a car long enough to use it beyond necessity and drove to a beautiful place for a weekend getaway for no other reason than ‘just because we can’.
This little town was called Colmar of the Alsace region of north-eastern France, and the architectural landmarks had me practising tai-chi at a distance with my camera.
Fun fact: If you’ve watched Howl’s Moving Castle, you’ll love walking around this town even more : )
To get to Colmar without a car would be very time consuming and expensive from where I’m at. I’m told that there are many more places like this in the bordering countries of Switzerland that one could easily explore with a car, so that’s reason enough for me to invest in one soon.
If you’re after a cozy place to eat, I highly recommend this restaurant: Brasserie Des Tanneurs. Their tarte flambées were delicious.