We keep going back to Alsace. It's only a two and a half hour drive from home; it is pretty, is an excellent wine region and is also renowned for its cuisine.
Being on the border of France and Germany Alsace has changed hands a number of times in its history and this shows in the architecture, the culture and the dialect. It's an enchanting place to visit.
Of course, it's prettier in summer with blue skies and window boxes planted out with bright geraniums ... but I think it retains a lot of its charm in February despite the grey skies.
These photos are all of Colmar, a small town between Strasbourg and Mulhouse. We usually head here for a wander round when we're in the area and before we head out wine tasting.
We met up with some good friends from Switzerland and stayed in a village just outside Colmar. There was much eating, drinking and catching up! A very relaxing weekend!