Money changing in Colmar

Colmar Travel Blog

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I heard church bells at 8:00, then rolled over and slept ‘til 9:45! We hurried down to breakfast, then packed and checked out. We drove to Kientzheim to buy wine at Paul Blanck but the streets were blocked with construction. We eventually gave up and headed for Colmar. The prime reason for selecting Clmar is because it was one of the few towns with a branch of the "Banque de France".  This trip, of course, was shortly after the creation of the EU and, consequently, the euro.  We had about 200 FF from previous trips and, at this point, the only place they could be exchanged was at a Banque de France. Worse, there was a time limit on the ability to exchange so it was "now or never".

We parked at a free lot and walked a short distance to the old town where we did a little shopping, then bought some Flammkuchen at a cafĂ© on the water. We were planning a boat ride but learned we’d have to wait an hour; we should have booked before eating. Blowing off the boat ride, we walked to le Banque de France to exchange our francs.  They had apparently made up “starter packs” to introduce the new money and were apparently earer to unload them so that is what we were stuck with. Each starter pack was 100FF and contained 15 Euros in coins! Many were cents! Yuck!  The nice thing about the need to find the bank is that it forced us to do more walking than we might have and this is really a nice city.

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