Colmar and its art of living! – Ralu Fine Art

Colmar is a dream of any photographer with its cobblestone streets, picturesque half-timbered houses painted in pastel shades, flowery windows, romantic canals and fabulous gastronomy. It is an Alsatian city very well maintained with plenty traditional restaurants, surrounded by vineyards and medieval castles.  Located in Alsace in the northeastern part of France not far away from the well-known Strasbourg, very close to the Voges Mountains and also close to the German border, this small town brings mainly two cultures (Germany and France) together to create a unique mix.

Walking on the streets of Colmar is like travelling back in time, its charm inspires everyone who passes by and moreover it is simply an incredible place full of art, history and architectural heritage. Colmar started to flourish in the Middle Age and Renaissance period and it was twice annexed to Germany from 1871 to 1919 and again during the Second World War.

Once you enter in the old part of this town, you are overwhelmed by the atmosphere stepping into a dream in another century. Take the time to observe every single house, every single corner, the streets twists, small squares used by traders and merchants centuries ago.  Take time to wander on the streets and discover its beauty.

No matter how much time you have at your disposal, do not miss the Little Venice; it’s the most picturesque part of the town. This area by the canals of the river Lauch used to be the quarter of butchers, tanners and fishmongers. Nowadays it’s more likely to see restaurants, bistro’s, terraces, feel the aroma of the bread, coffee, pies and local food specialties.

Just follow your instinct; every corner opens up new surprises: the local cover market built around 1863, the gothic Dominican church, the 17th century Maison des Tetes, the Old Custom House. By the way the Old Custom House dates from 15th century and once it was the economic and political center of Colmar. The ground floor was used as a warehouse for goods and a place to collect taxes. Nowadays you can admire the architecture of this building, sip a glass of wine on the terrace or have a bite on the upper level. Just over the corner you will find an exhibit of art and other craftsman objects displayed. If you are into antiques, few meters away from the Old Custom House you will find 2 or 3 antique shops with paintings, old books and also a more contemporary art gallery.

Do not miss Bartholdi Museum, a museum dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi. A spectacular house to see is Maison Pfister built in 1537; at first glance you would say it’s a medieval house but surprise its an authentic example of the Renaissance architecture.   

One thing is for sure Colmar is an open air museum and it does not lack of places to make a pause and enjoy the view. 

Inspired by this fairytale city, I have designed few products which may be found in the wall art section, home décor and lifestyle in my shop.


August 08, 2019 — MALINA CATOIU