Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Day in Strasbourg, France

It started with a professional meeting scheduled in Strasbourg. Then, MR told me that he wasn't working today so I asked him if he wanted to come with me. He would be alone for maybe an hour or two while I was attending my meeting, but hey, alone and in Strasbourg ain't that bad. That gave him the opportunity to walk around and explore the city for the first time. Originally, I had wanted to take train tickets. It's only a 2 hour drive, but I didn't feel like driving. Unfortunately for me, there was a train strike going on and I didn't want to have a bad surprise. I worked half-day today so by lunch time MR and I were on the road to Strasbourg.

The Tram / Tramway - public transportation that lets you easily travel in the city. For the places that the tramway doesn't pass through, there's also the bus.

Place Kleber- the city's main square. It is named after General Jean-Baptiste Kleber. In fact, I think there is a statue of him in the middle of the square. As you can see, the weather cooperated today, a little too well in fact, so people came down to the fountain to cool down.

Strasbourg is located in the north-eastern part of France and is by the border of Germany. It is in the region of Alsace or the Alsatian Region. It also holds the official seat of the European Parliament and several European Institutions. Strasbourg is also well-known as the center of humanism, with several excellent higher leaning and university schools. The city is full of diversity. Walking along the busy streets of Strasbourg, we could hear several languages spoken at once (very much like in Luxembourg). It's very nice to see.

This is possibly the narrowest building I've ever seen.
I wonder if the claustrophobic me could ever live here.

After my meeting, we didn't have time to do much as we still had to pick up our daughter. What we absolutely had to do was to see the Cathedral of Strasbourg. Going there we had to walk in these little streets which I absolutely loved! We saw everything and anything.

Time for a BBQ - It was hard not to drool!

I was more tempted by the meats in the photo above than the sweets here, but still pretty drool-able! :D

After the window displays of meats and sweets, guess who I caught sneakily climbing on the sides of the houses?!?

MR insisted that I take this photo. He is in love with these plants coming down from the windows. One day he wishes we could do this in our house. Don't tell him, but I know that's NEVER gonna happen. For some reason, I fear that these plants could hide something scary, like snakes, insects, etc... Sorry honey, but no!!!

I loved seeing the number of bikes in the streets and the people riding them. Made me think of the time MR and I toured the island of Boracay, Philippines in our bikes. We had lots of fun then. I can't help but daydream of spending a weekend in Strasbourg someday and riding our bikes around the city. How awesome would that be!

They say - when in Rome do as the Romans do. I say - when in Strasbourg eat in a Winstub.

A Winstub is a traditional Alsatian restaurant. If Lyon has their Bouchons, Alsace has their Winstubs. You can most probably eat the regional classics such as Choucroute, Flammekueche, or Baeckeoffe. All enjoyed with a pleasant glass of Alsace's finest white wine - Sylvaner, Riesling, or Gewurztraminer (for desserts).

Alsatian street food - Bretzels

Alsatian Architecture trademark

And at the end of the day, my thoughts still go out to my 5-year old. I'm enjoying my day in the beautiful city of Strasbourg, but I can't wait to go home to my daughter too!


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