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June the month of months,
Flowers and fruitage brings too,
When green trees spread shadiest boughs,
When each wild bird sings too.

- Christina Rossetti


June has arrived and I am hosting a virtual party in Colmar, Alsace, France to celebrate the birthday of all June babies, wedding anniversaries and all joyous occasions.

The Magic Carpet has flown us to charming and picturesque Colmar with its attractive half-timbered buildings, roofs in flat tiles and cobbled streets.

I have always been fascinated by the architecture in Alsace as well as by its rich cultural and historical heritage, so I decided to spend my birthday month of June at this interesting place.

We will be staying at a luxury virtual hotel, adorned with potted flowers on the windowsills. This hotel is located near the Old Town and it is, therefore, within walking distance to most of the top attractions in Colmar, for example, Little Venice. The hotel has 24-hour front desk, an on-site Michelin-starred restaurant, lounge area, wellness centre and a beauty salon.

As we all gathered at the spacious lounge, I see our virtual servers bringing in the birthday and wedding anniversary cakes. Let us all raise our glass of champagne and toast to all the birthday boys and girls as well as wedding anniversary couples and wish them lots of happiness and good health. May all their dreams come true. May this year be filled with new and wonderful things for all of them.

The old town of Colmar (Capital of Alsatian Wine - capitale des vins d'Alsace) is one of the most beautiful places in all of France because of its well-preserved half-timbered houses, architectural landmarks, quaint cobblestone streets, arching bridges, canal-side neighbourhoods, special old-world ambience and the Launch River.

We will be taking a Colmar Canal Tour as it is the best way to see the brightly painted and impeccably decorated houses with vibrant potted flowers along the river.

After the canal cruise, we will walk along the streets and visit the shops, enticing little boutiques and antique shops for "Made in Alsace" products to take home as souvenirs of this wonderful place.

Let us take a stroll through Colmar's Old Town which is a large pedestrianized zone and the heart of local life. We will enjoy its well preserved heritage - museums, historical and religious monuments, restaurants, cafés, shops, little boutiques and half-timbered houses.

A visit to "Little Venice" (la Petite Venise - Quartier de la Krutenau) is a must and a photographer's dream as it is a picture-perfect neighbourhood with its canal-side restaurants, quaint pedestrian bridges, winding cobblestone streets lined with typical half-timbered colourful Alsatian burghers' houses decorated have potted flowers. There are lots of lush greenery and willow trees that line the river. It is a romantic and pleasant part of Colmar. The ambience here is very pleasant.

We can also visit the Quartier des Tanneurs (the Tanners' Quarter) - It is a beautiful neighbourhood with canals and cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered 17th and 18th century houses. In this neighbourhood, we can visit the Maison des Chevaliers de Saint-Jean (House of the St. John's Knights) as it is one of the most unusual Renaissance mansions in Alsace.

Another place of interest is the Quai de la Poissonnerie (Fishmonger’s dock - the old fishmonger's district) - It is an idyllic quarter of quaint half-timbered houses where fishermen once lived and sold their fishes in the 16th century.

Let us also visit Marché Couvert Colmar - the big covered market in the Little Venice district. This market opens from Tuesday to Saturday and has about twenty merchants who offer various fresh quality products - fresh meat, fresh fish, bakery items, cheese, good olive oil, flowers, etc. The red and orange building, built in 1865, is made of iron bricks, cast iron and steel frame. There are café options in the market where we can have dishes of the day.

An interesting place to visit is the Musée du Jouet de Colmar (The Colmar Toy Museum) which displays over 1,000 toys from all over the world that has been created from the 19th century to the present day. Some of the toys on display are dolls (including Barbie dolls), teddy bears, stuffed animals, miniature train sets, half a mile long train display, model cars, rocking horses, tricycles, and board games. Modern Robots, LEGO creations, video games and toys that encourage the discovery of science concepts are also displayed here. There are also temporary exhibitions on different topics, puppets shows and interactive animations.

Parc du Champ de Mars - This park is located at the very heart of Colmar and is the "Green Lung" of the town. It is a pleasant place to take a stroll.

The Ancient Carousel of 1900 installed in the park, will enchant us with its wooden horses, fairy tales carriages, twisted ramps. It has reproductions of 1900 posters, describing life in Colmar during the time of its construction. “The Carousel Delights” - an ancient style kiosk offers Crêpes (pancakes), Waffles, Artisanal Ice Cream and Candies.

Other places of interest and heritage include :

Place de la Cathédrale which is in the very heart of Colmar's old town.

The Collégiale Saint-Martin (Saint-Martin Collegiate Church) - 14th century Gothic architecture. Its yellow sandstone has stunning glowing colours at dawn and at dusk.

Ancien Corps de Garde (Former Guard House) of Alsatian Renaissance architecture.

Adolf House (Maison Adolph) - The town's oldest surviving private house

The Eglise Saint-Matthieu (13th-century Protestant church). It has excellent acoustics.

Pfister house - Beautiful 16th century Renaissance architecture with mural paintings and a double wooden oriel.

The Musée Bartholdi - It exhibits the works of Auguste Bartholdi - the most successful 19th century sculptor who designed the New York Statute of Liberty.

La Maison des Têtes (House of Heads) - This 17th century late German Renaissance style house has more than 100 wincing masks sculpted on its facade.

Musée Unterlinden - S prestigious and world renowned museum. It has a vast collection of paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to Renaissance as well as contemporary works of famous 20th century artists.

Eglise des Dominicains (the Dominican Church) - 14th century early imposing Gothic architecture. It has high arcades and splendid stained-glass windows.

Koifhus (Ancienne Douane - Old Customs House) - 15th-century building with decorated stained glass windows, sandstone balustrade and Renaissance styled stairs.

Chapelle Saint Pierre - The lovely mid 18th century Baroque church of Saint Pierre.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, we will enjoy the beautifully lighted town of Colmar with its original light show that varies in colours and intensity. It is magical.

Of course, what is a visit to Alsace without trying some of its local cuisine. During our stay in Colmar, we will have ample opportunities to taste the amazing food of this gorgeous place. Let me introduce you to some of the food that we will be having over the days.

Colmar, the capital of the Alsace wine area and a city renowned for its gourmet dishes is a delight for our palette and for our eyes. This wonderful place has fine wines and flavourful culinary specialities. Alsace cuisine is close to German food. The typical dishes of this area are heavier, than other French regions and are focused on farm or peasant fare.

Restaurants labeled with the word “wistub” in the region are the ones serving traditional Alsace dishes.

Here are some classic specialities :

Baeckeoffe - An Alsatian casserole of a mix of Cubed Beef, Lamb and Pork which have been marinated in Alsatian Dry White Wine with Vegetables (Carrots, Onions, Juniper Berries and Spices) for half a day and then baked in a bread-dough sealed oval clay terrine together with Leeks and Potatoes. Thyme, Parsley, Garlic and Marjoram are used for flavouring. This dish is a typical dish in the French region of Alsace.

Tarte Flambée or Flammkuchen (Flammekueche) - a Thin Crust Alsatian and German-styled Pizza prepared using quality products and baked in a hot bread oven for a short time. It is the Pizza Dish of the Alsace region of France. Its main ingredients are Leaned Smoked Bacon, Onions, and covered with a Cream made from sour cream, and lightly seasoned with Salt and Pepper. Finished of the Flammekueche with a fine Alsatian beer or a Gewürztraminer. Tarte Flambée, this incredibly delicious dish is light and it is a great starter though is typically a main meal for a lot of diners.

Fleischnacka - An Alsatian dish made with Cooked Meat Stuffing (eg leftovers from pot-au-feu), Eggs, Onions, Parsley, Salt and Pepper. All these ingredients are rolled in a Fresh Egg Pasta forming a tube. The tube is then cut into slices which are cooked on both sides with butter in a frying pan. Fleischschnackas are served with Broth and a Green Salad.

Choucroute - a local variety of Sauerkraut (sour cabbage). Cabbage is finely shredded, layered with Salt and Juniper and left to ferment in wooden barrels. After fermentation, it is rinsed and always cooked in White Wine and it tastes less sour and more delicate than German Sauerkraut. Traditionally it is served with Strasbourg Sausage, Bacon, or a selection of Pork and Delicatessen Meats . It is served alongside with Roasted or Steamed Potatoes or Dumplings. Choucroute can also be served with Poultry or Fish.

Matelote du Rhin Fish Dish - A stew of Mixed Freshwater Fish dish cooked in Alsace Wine.

Coq au Riesling (Poulet au Riesling) - Chicken cooked in Riesling Wine. Other ingredients would include Shallots, Garlic, Mushrooms, Heavy Cream, Chopped Parsley.

Spätzle - Pasta made with Fresh Eggs. It is served as a side for meat dishes with gravy.

Schupfnudeln (Bubespitzle or Wargenudle) - Rolled Noodles, similar to Gnocchi (little, potato noodle dumplings) made with Rye and Wheat flours, Egg and Potatoes. The Noodles are then boiled, deep-fried or pan fried. If they are boiled first, they are then sautéed to a golden brown in a pan with Sage-butter and Cubed Bacon and served with Choucroute. A sweet version of it is served with Poppy Seed, Melted Butter and Sugar.

Rösti - An oven-baked potato-and-cheese dish.

Foie Gras - An Alsatian Speciality Alsace. It is well known since the 17th century.

Cordon Bleu - A dish of Meat wrapped around Cheese, then breaded and pan-fried or deep-fried.

Vol-au-vent - A small crust of Puff Pastry, whose interior is garnished with small pieces of Meat or various Fish in Sauce, serving as a starter.

Pretzel (Bretzel) - It is a symbol of Alsatian baking. It is a kind of savoury little brioches which is tender inside and slightly crisp of the surface. Its crust is garnished with rock salt. It is he perfect snack on the go if you pass by a shop selling them.

Elsässischer Apfelkuchen (Alsatian Apple Cake) - It is a variant of the Apple Pie. Its topping consists of Sour Cream, Vanilla Sugar and Eggs. Apple Halves are pressed in the crust and an Egg Cream (will then set when baked) is poured over the Apples.

Gugelhupf (Kougelhopf)- A sweet yeast based cake traditionally baked with Raisins and Almonds in a distinctive circular Bundt mold. It is popular in Alsace.

Mandeltarte - A flat round Almond cake. Its crust is covered in Almond Cream and baked.

Fromage Blanc Tart (German-style Cheesecake) - A light and airy Cheesecake from Alsace.

Mont-Blanc (Torche aux Marrons) - A delicious cake made from chestnut cream and meringue made to look like Mont Blanc.

Strudel - A type of Layered Pastry with a Filling that is usually sweet.

Bibeleskaes - Unsalted Cheese Curds produced in the making of Munster Cheese, Cream, Garlic, Chives, Salt and Pepper. It is generally served with Jacket Potatoes at the end of a meal.

Munster Cheese - A strong smelling soft white cheese with an orange, edible rind has a strong taste. This Cheese is made with Whole, Raw Milk from grass-fed cows. It is often eaten with boiled potatoes and onions as a light supper.

Alsace Wines - Alsace produces some of the world's most noted dry Rieslings.

Alsace Beers from Perle Brewery, Alsace.

Alsace Top Quality Fruit Juices : Les Jus de Fruits d'Alsace, BIO Grape and Cherry Juice , BIO Peach and Grape Juice.

Mineral Waters from Alsace - Wattwiller Mineral Waters.

Dear friends, I hope that you have enjoyed this virtual party in Colmar, Alsace.
Please stay as long as you like. You can return and leave the party as you wish and there is no need to let us know that you will be leaving the party.

I look forward to seeing you at my next Virtual Party which I will host on 1 July 2021.
I hope to meet up with all of you in July, especially if you have an occasion that you would like to celebrate with us :-)

Cheerio,
Jason :-)

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jasonchung2

No worries, Marina. You are at the party now. There are never late comers to virtual parties.

Glad to hear that your hubby is recovering well :-)

Smiles for Good Recovery and Wellness,
Jason :-)

MarinaNephele

Sorry I missed the June party, Jason. Hubby was in hospital with hernia..now is almost recovered. Thanks.

jasonchung2

Hello Helen,

It is good to see and to hear from you :-)

Thank you for the birthday greetings.
No worries, it is never late to receive a birthday greeting.

Glad to hear that this particular virtual trip sounds grand to you.

Do come by again when you feel like it.
The temperature in Alsace during the day,
at this time of the year, will probably be around 22°C - 30°C.

Thank you for letting me know that you have enjoyed this puzzle
and that you find it to be serene.

Smiles of Welcoming Back a Friend,
Jason :-)

helenpuz

Lovely Puzzle, Jason! So glad to hear you and John are well. Happy B-day to you, albeit late, Jason. Your trip sounds grand. If I can, I will join you more toward the end of the month. It is so warm right now I cannot even think as far as a virtual trip so I think putting it off for a few days is best. I really enjoyed this puzzle. It has a certain serenity in it, which really comes across with the solving of it. Thanks again, friend Jason!!!

jasonchung2

Dear Suzy,

Thank you for your birthday greetings and lovely birthday wishes :-)

You have just sent your delightful thoughts to me on the day of my birthday - 15 June.

Yes, I will definitely be enjoying myself. It is going to be a busy day.

Smiles for a Lovely Friend,
Jason :-)
8.32am, Tuesday, 15 June 2021.

pumpkinhead

However you wish to celebrate YOUR birthday in Colmar, Alsace.....may it be just as you imagine and full of good things. For all of the celebrations you provide for special days, I hope this day comes back to provide you with the joy you bring to others each and every day.
Happy Birthday (a day early!), Jason!
With hugs,
Suzy

jasonchung2

No worries, Clive.

In fact, I asked Ank not to create any birthday cards for John and me this year.

Thank you for your birthday greetings.

Happy Birthday to you, too.

Smiles for a June Birthday Boy,
Jason :-)

CJ45

@redina1
@jasonchung2
Jason I know you Birthday, sadly Ank is unwell as you also know so I will send you a Birthday greeting for letting me use your site yet again.
Thank you dear friend.
Clive.

CJ45

Ho, Robin My wife has booked us into our favorite Bangler restaurant just up the road to where we live. The Dad own it over 40 years ago and it was a "dive" when we were younger now over the rainbow sadly but he always let us sit by his fish tank the only two seats available. The sons now own it but is now so up Market after getting a loan from the bank many years ago now. My eldest son has always been friends with the youngest son and his wife all the same age and their children so it is like coming home again. And I know we will be spoilt rotten altough I still get my take aways from there youngest son in his early 50's always say Clive would you like a drink on the house. I always say thank you but I must drive home. But my son will drive on my Birthday so I will enyoy a few Indian beers, thee Hee !!!

redina1

Thanks, Clive! We'll be going to my sister's for pizza and ice cream cake! Hope yours is equally awesome. :))

CJ45

Very happy Birthday Robin yes I know it was your Birthday but my laptop was out of action now back on line.
Jason I know you will let me use your site to wish Robin her birthday, and thank you.
@redina1
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jasonchung2

Happy Birthday, Robin :-)

I toast to your Good Health and Happiness. Cheers.

Glad that you found this puzzle and celebrated our special month
with all our friends here.

Also happy to hear that you like this virtual party
and that you find the puzzle to be a fun one.

Smiles for a June Birthday Girl,
Jason :-)

redina1

Wonder party and fun puzzle! Very Happy Birthday to you, Clive and me! And everyone else born in this special month. :)

jasonchung2

Hello Irena,

You are most welcome to my June virtual party.

Thank you for always attending my virtual parties and for your good wishes to all who celebrate June birthdays and wedding anniversaries, and for greeting John and me.

Yes, the vacation at Colmar is just wonderful. So many gorgeous sightseeing trips to take and tempting food to try.

John and I will be staying here till the 1 July virtual party comes along.

Smiles for a Dear Friend and a Regular Virtual Party Attendee,
Jason and John :-))

irmachac

Hi Jason.
Thank you for inviting me to the beautiful city of Colmar. The offer is tempting. I'm glad that we will all meet here, walk through the sights and interesting places, have some delicacies in the restaurant, talk. I wish all the celebrants good health and happiness !!!
Thank you for a beautiful puzzle. I send many greetings to you and John. Have a nice new week ... Irena

jasonchung

Hello Clive,

Thank you for asking about John :-)

John is a very good friend and he is never naughty.

Yes, he is taking good care of himself now
as he wishes to be and to stay healthy and well.

Smiles for a Caring Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung

Sparky, welcome to my June virtual party :-)

It is great to hear that you are enjoying yourself and that you like the sightseeing and the delicious food.

Thank you for the compliment on my puzzle.

I wish you a Blessed June.

Smiles for a Virtual Party Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung

Hi Pat,

Thank you for dropping by on my birthday month
and to say "Happy Birthday" to all June babies :-)

Happy Birthday to all the June babies in your family.
May they all be blessed with Good Health and Happiness.

Smiles for a Friend with June Babies in the Family,
Jason :-)

CJ45

Dear Jason please for give me I forgot to ask about john your dearest friend. I do hope he is not being Naughty and is looking after him self as he should ?

brightspark

Dear Jason and John - I have Always wanted to visit Colmar with its beautiful canals and pretty houses - thanks so much for taking us on a virtual tour. As always you are such gracious hosts and so very generous and kind and spoil us rotten ☺☺☺☺ the food is delicious and the sights so wonderful. God Bless you and wishing you a beautiful healthy month of June - it is winter here and it has been freezing. Gorgeous puzzle thx and much love ♥♥♥♥

pkin38

Happy birthday to all June babies .. I have several in my family .. Have a great time Jason .. :-)))

jasonchung2

I like what you have just said, Marion.

I will just have to allocate sufficient time for the write-ups.

Smiles for a Helpful Friend,
Jason ;-)

marionugchelen

Jason, my experience is that writing is so relaxing ☺☺so go on with your stories as long as it pleases you and let the reader decide where to stop haha☺☺have fun and enjoy♥ marion

jasonchung2

Dear Patti,

Thank you for the lovely compliments :-)

It is wonderful to see you at this virtual party and to know that you have enjoyed both the birthday party and the puzzle.

Smiles for a Good Friend,
Jason :-)

PLG1958

A beautiful puzzle, and, as always, an amazing party! Thank you Jason!

jasonchung2

Dear Iris,

It is always a joy to read your wonderful comments :-)

I am very happy that you have enjoyed this virtual party and have done some sightseeing, meeting delightful friends and tasting yummy Alsatian food.

Thank you for appreciating what I have done in creating virtual parties for all to enjoy and have some fun and relaxation - even though it is only virtual.

Smiles for an Appreciative Friend,
Jason :-)

irisriver

Having a lovely time on this adventure. Enjoying all the new sights, delightful friends and wonderful foods. You planned everything to perfection. grins!☺

jasonchung2

Francine, you are always welcome :-)

Thank you for the lovely compliment. You have made my day as such an appreciative compliment from a talented puzzle creator is a treasure.

Smiles for a Talented Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Hello Bev,

Thank you for dropping by and for solving this puzzle :-)

Hope that your legs will get better.

You have a good daughter who is concerned about your wellness.

Thank you for your kind thoughts. I am well and happy. I hope that you are, too.

John sends his best regards and bear hugs to you.

I am glad that you like my new design. I draw and create new puzzles on the first of every month - the only time when I post puzzles. Now, I wonder how I have that much time to draw, create and post puzzles every day - which was what I used to do when I first joined Jigidi.

Hope that you will like my next puzzle on 1st July.

Smiles for a Sweet Lady,
Jason and John :-))

jasonchung2

Hello RJay27,

I am pleased to meet you. Welcome to my puzzle page.

Thank you for taking the time to write a Note of Thanks and for your good wishes :-)
I appreciate your thoughts and kindness.

Have a wonderful day/evening.

Smiles for a Kind Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Marion, thank you for solving my puzzle and for the compliment :-)

No worries, there is no need to read what I have written or to think of doing and seeing all the things that I have suggested. It is just written for virtual party fun.

Maybe, for future virtual parties, I should just limit my writing to a few paragraphs and leave the rest to everyone's imagination :-0 That will definitely save me a lot of time and make it easier to post puzzles on time.

Smiles for a Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

You are most welcome, Clive :-)

Thank you for solving my puzzle.

Smile for a Longtime Friend,
Jason.

jasonchung2

Hi John,

Welcome to my June virtual party :-)

It is wonderful to hear that you had enjoyed your vacation near Colmar with your daughter and grandchildren. It must be wonderful to be in Alsace.

Thank you for solving my puzzle.

Smiles for a Lucky Guy,
Jason :-)

bookish

Very nice; it made me think of stained glass. Thanks, Jason.

Hello Jason,
I found the perfect pastime, jigidi, now find out I sit to long and my legs have an edema. My daughter keeps after me like a hound. Hoping this note finds you well and happy. Regards to John also. Take care. I like your new design. Every month is a surprise. :))

RJay27

All the best to you, enjoy! Thanks!

marionugchelen

thanks for the nice puzzle Jason / an other day maybe i will read your looooong story ☺☺☺

CJ45

Thank you for the puzzle Jason.
my time 0:21.

carpej

Spent a week near Colmar, stayed in a farmhouse with my daughter and grand children. really enjoyed the area and the many little towns that dotted the countryside.
thanks for the party.
John

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