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Colmar is remarkable for several things. The first is that it was miraculously undamaged in World War II, a miracle credited to the Virgin Mary on several plaques in the old city. The second is that, thanks to his miracle, the old city centre of Colmar still houses numerous buildings in German Gothic and early Renaissance style, as well as a number of old churches.

My brief visit started out under the same rainy skies as had plagued me in Basel, but I was delighted when they cleared and left delightful clouds to add detail to the skies (if one happened to face in the right direction (^o^)).

A bit of local history: Colmar was founded in the 9th century and was granted the status of a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire in 1226. Over the course of centuries, it has been held by Sweden, France and Germany! It returned to France after World War I, was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1940, and then reverted to French control after 1945. This battle-scarred history of the area makes it all the more remarkable that it is in such a fine state today.

Tech: shot in RAW, converted to jpeg, levels adjustment to the sky alone to bring out the blue, resized and sharpened for TE.

Please forgive my inability to critique as fully as I did earlier. My hands have become temporarily incapacitated, but I am hopeful that I will be back in full swing by the beginning of August. In the mean time, I would like to continue sharing my photos with you. These uploads were created before my hands got bad. I do hope that you will take time to critique them honestly, knowing that I will be able to do the same once I am back in full swing.
Many thanks for the good wishes for recovery that many members have sent me off-list.
Silke

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