Although it has taken me months to write about our trip around the Hexagon up to this point, we’d actually been traveling for a week and a half: one night in Seyne-les-Alpes, three in Risoul, two in Annecy, one each in Amphion-les-Bains and Besançon, and three in Colmar. That summary, however, doesn’t include the 20 or so towns we visited near and between those places, so you can imagine that we were pretty tired.

Le Moulin, Niederbronn-les-Bains

Fortunately, our next stop was Niederbronn-les-Bains, where we’d rented an apartment in an old paper mill for two weeks. The price was amazing* and everything exceeded our expectations: a large and light-filled apartment, nice pool, and lovely grounds. We also lucked out on the weather – it was almost always hot and sunny. We spent the first several days relaxing by the pool and cooking for the first time since we’d left Hyères, then we started exploring the town of Niederbronn and beyond.

*We paid 200 euros a week, plus electricity. While chatting with the owners, we found out that we were among their first renters, and now that they had a better idea of what running a gîte was like, they were planning to increase the price to 250/week. Still a bargain, in my opinion: Chambre d’hôtes "Le Moulin"

This article is part of my travelog about my summer 2010 trip along the French borders, including the six corners of the Hexagon – see map.

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