48 hours in: Strasbourg, France
I've always heard good things about Strasbourg during Christmas, when the festive Christmas Market season starts and the town is lit up with beautiful market huts & the sweet scent of mulled wine fills the air. However, when we found flights for <£150 for the both of us over a weekend in July it was way too irresistible to say no! [It was an extra special weekend for me as it was my birthday weekend too!] This is a city easily covered in a weekend - small enough to get around by foot, but also full of character to keep you wanting more.
The weekend started with a stroll around the old town of Strasbourg next to the canals, making our way towards Petite-France. It was one of the most quaint cities we've been to in a while - every nook & cranny we walked past had us looking up in awe & trying to capture all views on our cameras :) Post lunch we did a free walking tour via "Happy Strasbourg" where our guide Gabriel filled us in on the overview & history of Strasbourg (things like how many times Strasbourg was French or German!) while keeping the tour lighthearted despite the French summertime heat.
A key highlight of the weekend was our meal at Umami - a one michelin star fusion Japanese-French restaurant. Every course served up was truly delicious, delicate in flavours but at the same time leaving us wanting more, and had both Matt & I licking the plates clean, hoping no one else would notice!
On Sunday we changed the pace slightly, starting the morning with a quick jog to parc l'orangerie, where within lies a free zoo! I always love somewhat deviating from the usual tourist-y type activities when we go away and finding a way to continue what we would usually try doing while in London. It was a breath of fresh air seeing the locals running in their own running club, or seeing them delight in the free library situated within the park. After some people watching in a cafe on the way back to the hotel & a nice local lunch just outside of Petite France at L'Argentoratum it was time to bid our time in Strasbourg farewell, as we headed back to the airport via the very cool Gare de Strasbourg - apparently one of the top 10 train stations to see in Europe!
Photos by Matt Chong