20140602 Saverne-Colmar-Zurich

7:15 Up. Packed.

8:15 The hostess lady came in to the lobby with two baguettes. Breakfasted.

8:35 Checked out.

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8:45 Train station. I bought a ticket from Saverne to Colmar, then from Colmar to Zurich. The lady at the ticket offie spoke some English, but we had to write down the numbers (for time and price). EUR 49.20.

8:55 Platform.

9:20 The train that was supposed to arrive at 9:13 was delayed by an hour.

9:47 Took a different train to Strasbourg.

10:00 Ticket check. The officer looked like a larger and not-as-good-looking version of Jenson Button.

10:12 Strasbourg.

10:33 Platform.

10:40 A tiny lady in uniform came and told me the track had changed. Walked over and boarded the train right away.

10:54 Train started.

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11:26 Colmar, France. The train station was smaller than Strasbourg, but bigger than Saverne. As I found out yesterday on internet, there was no locker in this station.

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11:40 La Petite Venice. It was somewhat similar to la petite France in Strasbourg, but more cozy. The streets were much more narrow, and there were lots of flowers.
Interestingly, I could tell right away that this was where the animated movie “Howl’s moving castle” was based on, although I did not get that impression at all in Strasbourg.

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11:50 Les Tanneurs, a place in the northern part of la petite Venice. I ordered a glass of Gewurztraminer, and quiche Lorraine, both regional specialties.

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The wine was great! But it was pretty expensive. I paid 4.50 euros for a glass.

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Windows nearby looked interesting.

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12:07 Quiche came. The side salad dressing was good, but the vegetable was stale. The quiche was amazing. It was quiche with bacon, ham, and egg, and was perfect for brunch.

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12:20 I was sitting right next to a walkway, and somebody told me “bon apetite!” I almost burst out laughing.

12:30 Done.

12:35 The bill came right away, in a cute glass. EUR 13.40

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12:45 Out.

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14:05 I walked around the city for a while trying to find a bakery with macarons. I finally found one, Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie, and bought a box. EUR 9.90.

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14:22 Train station. I had time before my train, but my shoulders were in so much pain from walking around with my backpack.

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15:20 On board.

15:23 Train started.

16:09 Basel station.

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16:20 Transferred. The train had 2 floors and had a restaurant section. It seemed cleaner than the trains in France.

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16:35 Train started. There were few passengers, and even the noise of the train was minimal.

16:40 Ticket check.

16:50 They had snack carts (like those seen in air planes).

16:55 Passed through a tunnel for about 3 minutes.

17:26 Zurich. The station was huge.

17:29 Lost. I had to find a map of the station to find my way.

17:34 Found the clock tower. It was crowded.

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18:15 Met up with a friend, Sybil, whom I will be staying with for the next few days.

18:20 There was some time before the next train, so we walked outside.

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18:30 Platform. Ran into Sybil’s father, so we took the train together.

18:37 On board.

18:50 Off. Transferred to a bus.

19:00 Off.

19:05 Arrived at Sybil’s.

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20:15 Had Swiss version of Mac & Cheese for dinner. It tasted great.

21:00 Did some planning for the next few days

23:30 Bed.

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