France for a day

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At the beginning of spring break, my friend Nicole was visiting and my family, too. The five of us decided to take a day trip to France in search of a World War I memorial site called Hartzmannwillerkopf. The problem: that is the German name, and we didn’t know what it was called in French. So we spent some time wandering the countryside by car and foot in search of the elusive place.

After stopping in a lovely French town for lunch, we stopped at a bakery and who should walk in but a troop of four BFA students, one of them from my dorm? After we hugged and simultaneously exclaimed, “What are you doing here?” Rachel replied, “I live here! Right around the corner!” So it was her dad who graciously gave us directions to Hartzmannwillerkopf and informed us of its French name. After that we found the place without further confusion.

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It was a beautiful, sobering place. The views are amazing. It’s hard to imagine people killing each other in such a breathtaking locale.

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Michael, Nicole, and I explored the woods at the bottom of the hill and found one of the trenches.

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After that, we drove up to Colmar, an idyllic spot in the Alsace region. There we walked around and tried to have dinner. The first restaurant we went to, though, was only serving drinks (despite having a food menu prominently displayed outside). So we paid for our water and went to another restaurant.

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“Little Venice” in Colmar.

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A real French poodle.

And that was our day in France. Photos of other travels to come soon… if Facebook ever decides to let me upload them.

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