Strasbourg - Christmas Markets in the Rain

Trip Start May 15, 2010
Trip End Dec 15, 2010

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Flag of France  , Alsace,
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We arrived at the coach park in Strasbourg around 11am, the majority of the coach had decided to pay an extra fee for the coach driver to line up a guide for us to have a tour of the city by coach and on foot. So after the member who had not chosen to take part and the guide had joined us on the coach we headed off for a tour of the city. The tour itself took around an hour and took us around the various sectors of the city including the European sector which included the European parliment, the European court of human rights and the XXX. We went around the lower class district and the various residential and commercial districts before being dropped at the edge of town, we were then taken into town by the guide using the back streets where she stopped and discussed points of interest, monuments and significant buildings in the city. The tour ended at the catherderal where the guide left us to go our own way after telling us how to get back to the coach. As we had exited the coach the light rain became a little heavier, but nothing unmanagable. By the time we had reached the markets it had become quite heavy, as i headed off to explore the markets and the wider city the rain was not far from torrential. The only saving grace of this weather is that christmas market stalls are small sheds with front flaps which are open out to perform a roof shelter function. This meant that while exploring each market it was possible to keep reletively dry by dashing between rows of stalls. The issue came in that the Strasbourg markets were spread across 10 different locations in the city meaning that travelling between each meant a soaking. I was lucky in that it did stop raining in between a couple of the runs and so i was not totally soaked the whole time. At around 2pm i had completed a walk around the city and headed for the shopping centre to dry off. Walking around the shopping centre it seemed to be orientated towards women and snack food. I took a rest while waiting to dry off and then headed back into town to photograph some of the sight the guide had pointed on the bus before heading back to the shopping centre to be picked up by the bus driver. After another short period drying off the bus arrived and we headed back to the hotel.
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