Strasbourg Escape!

IMG_5323With several long weekends coming up I thought it a good time to give you a great tip for a few days away in Europe. Strasbourg is one of those places which everyone should go to at least once in their lives – having just been again last weekend for our wedding anniversary – smile.

1) Sightseeing

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This year is a very special year for the main Cathedral – the Notre-Dame de Strasbourg as it is it’s 1’000 year old Birthday and there are lots of celebrations happening throughout the year in honour! For more information about these events click here.

Photo from just landed.com
Photo from just landed.com

Especially if travelling with children the Jardin de l’Orangerie is a great place to wander round. Set in the most prestigious part of town the 2600 hectare park was dedicated to the wife of Napoleon, the beautiful Joséphine.  Hire a little row boat along the lake in the park – discovering its nooks and crannys, let the little ones drive cars or visit the zoo and Stork sanctuary – there is also a beautiful 17th century house that has been turned into a restaurant for a great bite to eat.

Taken in 2011
Taken in 2011

2) Shopping – and the little things that matter

The best place to start shopping from is the Cathedral – plenty of side streets off this leading to fabulous shops. I really noticed a huge improvement in the wonderful clothing shops since even the last time we were there in 2011. A great Shopping guide is Coco

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Artisan pottery is a nice souvenir to take home. I was used to seeing their traditional pretty blue pottery everywhere however this time there was practically only red to be seen -the impact tourists can actually have! I had a pretty blue cream jug from Strasbourg which broke and I wanted to replace. No problem I thought as I knew blue cream jugs were a staple of Alsace’s pottery.  I shall visit Colmar soon to see if I have more luck there – cross your fingers for me – smile!…the little things that matter

3) What to drink and eat.

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Whilst Prosecco is the Italian drink, in Alsace you definitely need to try the Cremant!

Strassbourg is famous for its Fois Grois, Tarte Flambe – makes for a fab lunch time snack, and Kugelhopf.

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4) Romantic Dinner

Whilst I can’t recommend staying there as the hotel has unfortunately become very tired and definitely no longer worth their price/service ratio (SLH are really going to have to watch what they keep on their books) –  Chateau L’Ile is a wonderful place for a lovely romantic dinner!

 5) Accommodation:

 – Central Strasbourg – suggest the following website

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Sofitel – Strasbourg from Euro 130/ nite

 – Fab Spa Break – located between Colmar and Strasbourg:

La Cheneaudière – with a nature spa nestled amongst the pine trees – 2’000 square meters over 4 floors. 3 pools, 4 saunas. a large steam room, a micro bubbling area and sensory shower walk, a polar bath and the largest flotarium in Europe…I am packing my bags as I write…sounds just what I need!

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Photo from official Hotel site

 

Have fun if you do go to Strasbourg 😉

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