Strasbourg is one of the cities in France that I didn't even know existed before moving here. It is also a city that every French person I encountered told me "I had to see" someday. With a recommendation like that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see it on this vacation.
Strasbourg is a city in the North of France that borders Germany in the Alsace. I actually didn't know very much about it, but came to realize that it is a really cute town. Cornel had been there before so he served as our tour guide for the day. The first order of business the Cathedral, because it's not a proper French town without a Cathedral.
The architecture in Strasbourg is beautiful and you can see the German influence. I loved the buildings and just walking through the streets. There were music performers and people on every corner and the streets were so filled with life. As far as French cities are concerned, I definitely place Strasbourg on the top of my list.
Next to the Cathedral, there is my favorite candy/sweets shop - La Cure Gourmande. It is actually a chain and you can find them throughout France. Their cookies and chocolates are to die for and Cornel loves their nugat. Nathan didn't mind the raspberry cookies he got for free from the girls working there.
Strasbourg is also home to the European Parliament - as in the people that make all of the decisions concerning the EU countries. The building sits by the water on the outskirts of downtown. We couldn't pass up an opportunity to see it.
There is a beautiful river that goes flows through the middle of Strasbourg and you can take a nice river tour of the city either by day or night.
In Alcase - the main delicacies are choucroute and flammekuchen's so were on a mission to find both. Choucroute is a plate of sauerkraut that is then topped with all kinds of different grilled meats and sausages - definitely a man's meal if that is what you are looking for. The flammekuchen is almost like a very thin crust flat bread pizza - instead of tomato sauce however you have various cheeses, onions and sausages.
We found a traditional Alsacian restaurant where Cornel ordered the house choucroute. The thing was enormous and had nearly and entire pig on it. We were shocked when Nathan started smacking his lips and asking for some. At two years old Nathan not only ate a huge helping of sauerkraut, but he helped Cornel but a big dent in some of the sausages. Definitely not a healthy meal for a child - but hey it was vacation after all.
Do you try and stick to a special diet when on vacation or do you try the local fare?