Monday, January 2, 2012

Mulhouse and not Switzerland

It was a mixed sort of day - from excellent to middling

It started with a most fantastic car museum in the town of Mulhouse.  We got there for opening, just behind a coach load of older French tourists.  But having braved that hazard we got into the main exhibition hall and it was stunning.  Over 500 vintage cars - shiney and well displayed.  The Schlumpf brothers had collected these as a private collection and they were bequeathed to the state on their death.  Andrew had read about this collection a few decades ago and had always wanted to see it.

Every time we thought we had seen them all other room would open up and there were more displays.  Most cars were from the early 1900's through to the 1940's and the most 'common' was the extensive collection of Bugattis.  

There was a Bugatti the Royale,that is one of only a handful left in existence,  that was built to be the best, the biggest and the most expensive of it's era.  It was a huge vehicle, had a fuel consumption of something like 50 liters per 100km and if it was sold today a collector would pay over 15 million euro for it.

Highly recommended!

We then headed off to Switzerland to visit Basel.  But shortly into the drive someone realized she had not brought her passport with her.  Too much traveling in borderless France and Germany.  So we turned around and went back to Mulhouse to see the town.  Nice, but not stunning.  

Heading back to Freiburg we realized most of the shops had closed - 3pm on New Years Eve- so we made a mad dash to get some meat and veg for dinner for the next couple of evenings.

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