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Driving Route (Also posted in the "old place")

Post by chrisnotton on Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:16 am

Ciao e tutti, Laughing 

We have just returned from Italy using the now famous Alan H. Route (with Lörrach variation) notwithstanding a slight hindrance by hurricane Jude on Sunday night!

Once again the route proved invaluable. Perhaps I may suggest a couple of other variations.

We usually take two nights on the journey and now prefer Freibourg to Mulhouse on the way down. It has a nice cheap IBIS (Hotel ibis budget Freiburg Sued) for about €40. Freibourg is a delightful town with very good food (for Germany) in the market hall is a multi-ethnic food court & near the Hauptbahnhof is a nice Thai restaurant (Leaf Thaiküche). It involves a short toll-road to get there, about €3.

As another alternative; the nearby town Colmar is pleasant, with an astonishing masterpiece in it's museum

www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g187073-d230578-r148453587-Musee_d...

We then usually stop in the IBIS in Como. It is the usual Industrial-estate-place but with better than average rooms. There is a surprisingly good restaurant/pâtisserie/pizzeria almost next door & Como town centre is only a short drive away.

On the return journey we wanted to see the Notre-Dame du Haut chapel at Ronchamp so we stayed in yet another €40 IBIS in Belfort. This was extremely pleasantly-located hotel in the tranquil suburbs of a rather crusty old French town & involved a another small (easily avoided) French toll of about €5. Belfort is nothing to write home about but has a nice Thai restaurant (Le Voltaire) & an Indian that is reported good (Taj Mahal).

The next day we proceeded to pick up the usual Alan H. route in Epinal, via the N19 & E23 & incurred no further tolls at all. Although this route looks longer than the original scenic route through Bussang to Mulhouse it seemed quicker & easier. It certainly would be in inclement winter-weather!

I have also posted this on the old forum as I am not sure who is there & who is here now, I hope nobody minds!

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Post by Vicino on Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:02 am

Great info Chris........................as an aside, is Alan H still around? he always had superb input to any and all routes.

Re your route, we also stay at the Como Ibis, (actually in Grandate?) new, VERY good value for money easy stroll to supermarket and pretty much 2 mins walk away the restaurant which is excellent. Absolutely perfect for a stopover as it is about 5/6 hrs from us.

We also like Colmar a lot, but like you, prefer Freiburg, a really lovely place, we normally stay at 'the Red Bear', allegedly the oldest hotel in Germany !

Thanks again,

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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:10 am

I doubt very much we would ever use the information, but have to say it is a SUPERB example of a great post and advert for any forum... Well done Chris.

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Post by ghiro on Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:19 am

May I suggest if you're stopping around Mulhouse/Frieburg/Colmar that you visit Riquewihr which is quite the prettiest medieval walled small town on the planet!  Smile 

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Post by Gala Placidia on Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:00 pm

The Ibis chain offers reasonably priced hotels in many countries. They are generally located along major roads and are ideal for overnight stops Ibis Hotels
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