Wandering through Mulhouse, France

Today I had the day off so I needed to find something to do. I was given a tour of Mulhouse on Monday so I thought I would give that a try.

The day did not start off so great, I managed to get myself to the train station okay but could not figure out how to use the ticket machine so after 25 minutes I gave up and walked home. A member of the Au Pair family came home and I spoke to her about what had happened and she took me to the train station to show me what to do. Then off to Mulhouse I went.

Firstly, a casual stroll around the centre, it was so busy and full of life. It is not as fascinating as other places but it was still an enjoyable afternoon. After wandering the streets and some of the shops, I came across a Subway (naughty but I missed junk food so I caved in and ate one) – by the way, a member of staff speaks very good English which really helped so hint hint, go there.

The museums I wanted to visit were actually closed today which sucked but the train to Mulhouse is only a 10 minute journey so it is not a problem to go again. By one of the shopping centres you will find a Tourist Information shop and yes they speak English in there. If you are not familiar with the area, definitely visit there because they can give you a tour guide brochure to make things a little easier – in English.

From having a quick look at the tour guide I was given, I saw a museum which was open today. Now normally textiles would not interest me, I mean the pretty patterns are great but have I ever paid attention to how cloths are made? No. Well today that certainly changed. I ended up in the Musee de l’Impression sur Etoffes de Mulhouse (costs 9 euros) and yes I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Some of the pictures I have included below are part of the exhibition which I should not really spoil but it was a great display. Désolé.

Now after reading through everything (those bits that were in English) I saw a room that looked unoccupied so I just had to have a nosey. That was a good thing, it turns out I had walked into a really historic room with a captivating story.

The exhibition you will see below is of a young girl called Marie-Emilie Ebstein, also known as Lily (1920 – 1943). Her story is heart breaking and I do not want to give much away but without the help of her family, this work featured below would not exist. Lily was from Mulhouse and the museum are extremely delighted to be able to showcase her work.

If you are ever visiting Mulhouse, please do take an hour out of your day to visit this wonderful museum. Reading how the women fought for equality and began in the Textile industry was quite interesting, it is very inspiring. Go for the dreams you believe in and do not let anyone stop you.

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