Colmar is in France’s Alsace region and is a really nice “walking-around” town. There are canals bordered by colorful, half-timbered German-style buildings. We had fun searching for storks and their nests on roofs and spires. Having a stork chose your roof to nest upon is considered good luck! The region is also known for decorative pottery baking dishes and giant, fancy iced gingerbread cookies in various shapes. We visited around Easter and there were many giant eggs (one over 3 m high), colorful bunnies and other decorations festooning the shops and windows. We also saw the famous and very interesting Isenheim Altarpiece at the Unterlinden Museum.
Marc Chagall created stained glass windows for a chapel within the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims in 1974. The Reims Cathedral is in France’s Champagne region and towers over the city. It’s so tall we parked quite far away, thinking we were closer than we were. As we walked toward the cathedral we saw many places to stop and try the region’s champagne, which we did after our visit.
I was inspired by Chagall’s windows to create a holiday card from my photo. I used Photoshop to liquify and drag the colors and make a winter scene.