Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region in eastern France. The Alsace region has strong German influences and the area is historically German-speaking. It’s a city I have always wanted to go to and I can’t believe that it’s only a 2-hour drive away!
We left in the morning and drove along the Autobahn (German freeway) to Strasbourg, passing through the German city of Kehl, Strasbourg’s German counterpart city. We located our hotel in the city centre and checked in. The hotel was in a great location for sight-seeing (and I didn’t mind the cute pizzeria next door!)
First things first – we started exploring the beautiful city by foot. The Grande Île is the historical centre of the city and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.The Franco-German architecture is especially charming with medieval influences. The city looks like a storybook.
Since S is on school holidays right now, we are trying to take advantage of the time off to do a little travelling. So when S suggested a mini trip to Strasbourg, France, I said, ‘Bien sûr!’
We checked out the city’s main attraction – the Strasbourg Cathedral. This Gothic cathedral is quite spectacular–no wonder the place was flocking with tourists from near and far!
I ordered the traditional fondue with Emmental, flambéed with Kirsch. The server told me ‘not to be shy’ about ordering a second pot of molten gooey cheese. It turns out that it’s an ‘all-you-can-eat’ pot!
My mouth could have handled a second pot but my stomach could not. Besides, I wanted to save room for all the macarons and pastries I was planning to eat the following day!
In the evening before the cathedral light show, we strolled around Petite France, a region of the city centre. We got some gelato (mojito flavour for me, Kinder flavour (like the German chocolate bar) for S). Délicieux!
At 10pm, we joined the masses of tourists (and probably a few locals) on la rue Mercière so we could get a view of the front of the cathedral. We didn’t really know what to expect. The crowd was getting antsy by 10:10pm. Just when I started thinking this light show was just not going to happen, the speakers started blasting classical music and this amazing light show started! I took a few photos and videos, but found a better video on YouTube:
A few more pastries to buy (coffee éclair for S, lemon tartlette for me, one final croissant to share on the drive home) and our 2-day adventure in Strasbourg was over.Good to know that should an authentic macaron-craving arise, we are only 2 hours away from the real deal in Strasbourg!