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Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg July 23rd 2014

Strasbourg has lots of interesting things going on. The city is in France, but central in Europe and close to the borders of Germany, and Switzerland. It is the host city to the European Parliament. Many of the street signs and buildings are labelled in different languages because of the city's changing ownership between countries. Our day in Strasbourg started with a climb of the 332 steps of the Strasbourg Cathedral. It was tiring, but the view atop the heavily buttressed roof, was lovely - and worth it. We experienced the rest of the city in a new way, via a tour boat. It started in the canal in the centre of town and bought us by many buildings where historical events had happened to shape the city. The canal continued in a circle around the ... read more
Strasbourg Cathedral Detail
Already up 330 stairs!
European Parliament Building

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg July 16th 2014

The Alsace- Lorraine region is one that has changed hands between Germany and France on multiple occasions over the centuries. Many of the schools in this area are bilingual, teaching German and French as the two main languages. After seeing the beauty and character of Strasbourg and it's surroundings, it is easy to see why both countries have had such an affinity for the locale. Our day began quite early, meeting at the train station in nearby Horb am Neckar at 6:30. It was a clear blue morning with the feel of summer time heat building quickly. Our group made it on time, and so did the train. We were off on a journey that seemed would span more train switches than kilometers. Off the first train, and quickly the next arrived. As it rolled into ... read more
466 Feet Tall
Ill River Walk
From The Floor

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg May 10th 2014

Kehl - Strassburg, 08. - 10. Mai 2014 Mit den Nummernschildern unter dem Arm begann um 10 Uhr unsere Schwedenreise. Rainer unser lieber Nachbar brachte uns zu unserem Wohnmobil damit unser Auto während unserer Abwesenheit in der Garage stehen bleiben darf. Die erste Etappe führte uns über den Hochschwarzwald nach Kehl am Rhein. Es war eine kurze Fahrt von nur etwa 170 km. Wir erreichten Kehl schon kurz nach 13.00 Uhr. Der Campingplatz, welcher sich direkt am Rhein befindet war jedoch über Mittag bis 15.00 Uhr geschlossen. Wir nutzten die Wartezeit für einem Spaziergang am Rhein entlang. Nach dem Einchecken spazierten wir gemütlich in das Zentrum von Kehl. Da in Frankreich am Donnerstag ein Feiertag war, war die Stadt total in französischer, sprich Strassburger Hand. Strassburg liegt ja nur einen Steinwurf entfernt auf der anderen Rheinseite. ... read more
Der Rhein in Kehl am Rhein
Mama Schwan mit ihrem Nachwuchs

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg April 21st 2014

When one arrives like myself in the 3 Borders Country and one speaks about Christmas Markets, one name comes back on everyones lips, Strasbourg ! The largest, the most beautiful and famous Christmas Market of all and as I discovered while researching prior to my visit, the Capital of Christmas, nothing less ! And as I boarded a comfortable double decker grand tourism bus for the very reasonable price of only 19.00 Euros return filled with a joyous crowd of people coming from all parts of the country, I wondered if the city of Strasbourg which I was about to discover, with such a fame and reputation would live up to my expectations, and I must say it even exceeded them ! To say that I arrived on this December 05th in a city dressed up ... read more
Strasbourg Christmas Markets
Strasbourg Christmas Markets
Strasbourg Christmas Markets

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg August 13th 2013

I tell you something… the TVG moves like shit off a shovel! I know that’s not the most polite of statements but at an average 250 km per hour, it only took an hour and 10 minutes to get from Stuttgart to Strasbourg…not bad for going to another country. Strasbourg is the ideal city for a day visit. High tech, gorgeous train station with a clear road leading from it to the city centre. I love the fact that Strasbourg is in the region of Alsace and the people are called Alsatians!!!The river forms a circle round the old town and this is the heat of the city so that’s where I headed for. Beautiful old buildings and grand squares show that we have moved into a French inspired area. Finally the Cathedral Notre Dame is ... read more
, strasbourg

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg May 20th 2013

The nostalgia of revisiting Strasbourg Strasbourg, 10-26 May Seeing Strasbourg again over six years since I first arrived in 2007 was an intensely emotional and nostalgic experience. We stayed with JB’s parents in Colmar for a few days after Paris and by then I was itching to see Strasbourg again. The second we dropped our bags at JB’s sister’s place in Neudorf, just north of Strasbourg, we were out the door ready to see the city. It was only about a 30 minute walk, and despite having a tram stop directly downstairs I wanted to experience walking back into the centre the way I always used to. I was excited because I couldn’t wait to see my old place, to walk down those familiar streets, to revisit bars and cafes where I spent my time in ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg December 21st 2012

We spent one night in Strasbourg, and there happened to be a very colourful and loud parade of some sort going on through the streets. We watched them as they danced their way through the streets. Soon we lost interest and found ourselves browsing through the many cuckoo clock shops...we couldn't resist and some old French lady that couldn't speak a word of English somehow convinced us that we we absolutely NEEDED a Cuckoo clock, all wrapped and packed we proudly carried our new purchase around:) After that intense French/English Cuckoo purchase we were quite hungry and started a long search for a restaurant that offered a menu that we could understand... We finaly found one that offered "some" English descriptions... I decided to have a Cheeseburger, wow, adventurous you might think,,but it was the safest ... read more
Gothic Architecture, Cathedral
Romanesque Architecture

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 22nd 2012

Bonjour from Strasbourg, This is our second visit to Strasbourg. We were here in 2010 for the Christmas Festival; Strasbourg’s Christmas Festival is one of the oldest in Europe and the first one to open. When we were here last it was snowing and raining ice and so cold that in the cathedral – Notre Dame – Our Lady, we could see ourselves breathe. We found Strasbourg to be charming on 2010 and we have not been disappointed this visit. As Strasbourg is a small regional town, it is a little more relaxed than Paris. One of the sad things about Paris was the warnings we received from the hotel staff about the beggars; we found ourselves to be very much more wary than we would like to be in a city as beautiful as Paris. ... read more
Tourist boat entering the lock - 2
Tourist boat entering the lock -3
OUr hotel - the entrance

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg August 10th 2012

The morning of our departure from Paris was fairly frantic. We had arranged to meet our apartment hosts' representative at 9 am to exchange keys...our train for Strasbourg left at 11:30 from Gare de l'est...we knew that we could take the Metro there but not really sure about how long it would take...and cleaning/packing just seems to never end. She showed up at 9:15 and wanted to be able to leave right away because she had an appointment at 9:30...!?! Okedoke, we gave her the keys, thumped gigantor suitcase down the stairway and hung out in our favorite coffee shop for the next half hour, drinking awesome cafe au lait and filling Fifi up on CROGGHERS. We made our way to the gare with ease and found ourselves, of course, with plenty of time to spare. ... read more
Loving the bolognese at Cafe Michel
Mmmm glace with marshmallow!
In front of Notre Dame du Strasbourg

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg July 29th 2012

JULY 29 Before leaving our special hotel, we had an amazing German breakfast that kept us well fed for our drive to Strasbourg. It took a few attempts to arrive at our hotel with all of the one-way and pedestrian-only streets, but we dropped our bags and were off for a day of exploring. We visited the phenomenal Notre Dame Cathedral, all of Petite France (including L'Academie de Bier), enjoyed some cappucinos and food outside, and walked until we could no longer. We had a phenomenal dinner of different kinds of spaetzle in Petite France on the river to finish off a wonderful day in a beautiful city.... read more

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