Colmar Little Venice
A romantic stroll in the neighbourhood of the Little Venice
The district of the "Little Venice" is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Colmar. The merchants' houses are of various colours : they symbolize the nature of the inhabitants’ businesses. The blue houses are the fishmongers’, the green ones the market gardeners’, the white ones the bakers’, the yellow ones the cheese makers’ and the pink ones... the fancy ladies’. These colour codes used to help illiterate people find who to go shopping to.
Small hearts cut in the wood can still be seen on some shutters ; it meant that one of the girls living in the house was a lonely heart. When the girl had found her fiancé, the heart was carved to form a lozenge, symbol of fertility.