IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT HAMBURGER….I WAS MISINFORMED
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
I had an email last week from a reader asking me if I had been to Padua, a city in Northern Italy. Not only have I been there but I photographed the military cemetery also. Americans, certainly not anymore with the dollar worthless and money scarce, seldom get to drive around Europe. On the other hand, some Americans are forced to whether they like it or not. I fall into the latter category. I do some drives in Europe so often they feel like commuting, Paris to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Vienna, Vienna to Budapest. Today’s run is from the French town of Colmar, through Switzerland and into Italy to Padua.
The photo above is looking left, the next one will be looking right. Around the corner at the building with the blue shutters is the cathedral. Colmar is in France’s Alsace Lorraine, capital of the Haut-Rhin region. Only a few miles from the Rhine, or Rhin or Rhein or whatever, Colmar sits between Strausbourg and Basel, Switzerland.
Not a big town certainly, Colmar is a good place to day trip from, wineries in the Alsace, a heavily forested area, rolling hills, dairy farms. People can live there and should and do. Leaving Colmar involves driving south along the Rhine and making sure you have a tax sticker that allows you to use highways in Switzerland. YOU DO NOT WANT TO SCREW WITH THE SWISS!
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.