Strasbourg, Picture book pretty

Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
Trip End Feb 25, 2011

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Esplanade Hotel Strasbourg
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of France  , Alsace,
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Well, Paris was definitely a hard place to follow but I think Strasbourg did admirably =).  You wouldn't call it a grand or a magnificent town but it does have it's own little story book charm.  The quaint houses in Petit France, the squares and the winding streets, surrounded on all sides by the timber framed houses and its half French, half German style and the lights!  They are everywhere!  Snow flakes, stars, curtains of light, laurels, bells, angels haha, you name it, Strasbourg will have it on SOME street somewhere twinkling brightly.  Oh and the restaurants, by now Tracy and Yee-Ling are well familiar with my constant need (and LOVE) to eat =P so this place was amazing for me.  Combining the heartiness of German food with the style of the French...haha, ok I made that up but food in Strasbourg/Alsacian food is delicious! =D

Got in the first day after Paris to our hotel room, I know yeah, living it up! =P  But it wasn't so bad, cheaper than some of the hostels that we've stayed at actually!  And it was nice to have fresh towels, have our beds made and have a private room hehe.  Went out exploring that night but the town was DEAD, quite weird actually considering how many lights were around, I would've thought that the place would be much more alive but I guess that's because we missed the Christmas market (which is quite famous in Strasbourg).  Anywho, we did see a MASSIVE christmas tree and I played "Heart and Soul" on a honky tonk in front of it haha and we found Petit France which is an amazing place just out of a fairy tale.  White timber framed houses overhanging the streets, coloured lights, a canal...mmmm, check out the photos =P

Next day we spent it exploring the town during the day and it was such a pretty town, everywhere you go it's filled with timberframed houses, small alleyways with antique shops or hand crafts or ginger bread =P, was a lot of fun gettings lost in those streets.  We found the cathedral too, the tallest in France and the tower on this thing was HUGE.  We didn't go up it but the inside was very nice...another one of your typical gothic churches I guess but the stained glass windows were freshly restored so they were extra bright =O, amazing.  Was going in for dessert but ended up having a delicious meal near the church...first first try of Alsatian food, orange chicken on legumes...mmmm, good start!! =P  Unfortunately, on the day that we were wondering the streets, I had forgotten my camera battery...*sigh* SO, to make up for it, I went out again later that day JUST to take pictures haha.  Was worth it though, the streets of Strasbourg are so nice to walk through, seriously, just pick a pretty lane and walk you'll be pleasantly surprised =)  Had our second Alsatian meal that night, Tarte flambée for the girls (Yee-Ling and Tracy) and Choucroute for me...mmmm, sauerkraut...a WHOLE plateful, delicious, sort of =S  No no, there was some pork cuttings too so that was nice and the whole affiar was very Alscatian =D

The next day since there was no train to Reims, our plans for champagne tasting were somewhat twarted but we decided to go instead to Nancy in fair Lorraine.  Hmm, the initial views were mixed haha, was good seeing another French city but it wasn't really a tourist town in that there wasn't really anything to SEE XD.  That was somewhat remedied by seeing the 18th century Place Stanislas which is a grand sight indeed albeit somewhat out of place with the rest of the town.  As for other things to do in Nancy...not much haha, walk around the streets of the old town like Grand Rue which is actually kinda cool I guess, can see some of the old medieval buildings that are still around as well as the former residence of the Dukes of Lorraine.  Unlike Strasbourg, you can definitely tell that this town is French, the white houses, black roofs, iron a mini and dirtier Paris =P.  Of course we had to have a quiche there as well =P...unfortunately they didn't have quiche lorraine at the time so I had to do with a quiche in Lorraine, that counts right? =P  Also some cool art nouveau buildings scattered around the place but apart from that...not so much.  Yeah, I'd say one afternoon in Nancy.

So back to Strasbourg that night, being Asian we craved some asian food haha so Pho it was!  Embarrassingly, after we spent the first 10 minutes wondering why weren't being served, I called out quite loudly "PARDON" to get their attention, only to find out that they weren't actually opened yet (this was 6:45, they opened at 7) and the only reason why they let us in was so that we didn't have to wait in the cold >.<  I felt so bad!  Ah well, lesson learnt, check the opening times of the restaurant!!  Though 6:45, you'd think they'll be open for dinner right!?  I think Strasbourg is a town that starts late...though surprising considering their emptiness of the place when we first arrived.

Last day in Strasbourg was surprisingly hard haha.  First of all we had run out of things to do...pretty as it may be, it's still a small town and second, it had started raining =(.  We checked out the modern art museum, cool to look at but much harder to appreciate all the abstract stuff so that only lasted us about an hour or so.  Spent the rest of the day restaurant hopping from soup to tea to dessert before changing to book shop hopping on our quest to find english books =P  So that was how we spent the last days in Strasbourg haha.  Was cool though, fairy tale pretty and an awesome town for a day trip =D.

Then it was off to Prague and the long overnight train ride there...D=
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saNdra on

wahh sorry i havent read ya blog in a bit. but incredible street view!! that's neat as! the houses look so different than australia!
wahh you are living it up. mr hotel now =] hahaa..

oh im in USA now ^^

chunhin on

Ahh, that's alright...I've been quite busy myself XD And you're in America!!! How is it? Made lots of American friends yet? I hear they quite like Australians =P Btw, are you also keeping a travelblog?

saNdra on

i dunno if i should keep a travel blog. i have the feeling i will abandon half way.
im currently just using my blog as per norm -

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