Auberge de l’Ill

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Picture: Dinner at the Auberge de L’Ill

Another short update from my vacation in Europe. The last two days I was with friends in France. For my 50th birthday present they had invited me to a weekend at the Hotel des Berges and a dinner at the Auberge de L’Ill. We stayed at the boutique five-star hotel and had a wonderful dinner at the “Three Michelin Star” restaurant. What a present!  Thanks a lot to Gabi, Ruth, Bernhard and Juergen. In my life I have eaten in many excellent restaurants around the world, but the Auberge de L’Ill is my all-time favorite!

Only the weather did not play along. Since I have arrived in Europe the weather was very cold and wet (the South African Winter is much warmer than the European Summer :-)). The river near the restaurant had already flooded the boat landing (with the bronze geese!) and threatened to invade the beautiful gardens. But there is hope, the weather forecast for the next few days looks much better.

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On the way to dinner we stopped in the historical center of Colmar, France:

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So far I had a great time in Switzerland, Germany and France – with lots of lunches and dinners with family and friends. More to come …

PS: For those of you who are interested: Links to the websites of two of my favorite restaurants in Switzerland which I have visited during this trip: Restaurant Federal in Zofingen and the Old Swiss House in Lucerne.