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If storybook charm is your thing, look no further than Strasbourg.
Close your eyes and go back in time to a fairy tale town with half-timbered houses, long sloping roofs dating back to the 1500s. Now imagine these houses along a small waterway with swans leisurely swimming along and quaint bridges. Heck for good measure you can even through in a girl with sleek dark hair, porcelain skin wearing a pinafore and holding a teddy bear as she nibbles on her croissant. Well OK, don’t picture the nibbling on the croissant part, the French would never be so crass as to eat on the go – that’s so….sniff…for Americans, who haven’t figured out that food is to be enjoyed while sitting down over a leisurely meal, not gobbled down absent-mindedly. But I digress…..
When you come to Strasbourg, France, you don’t have to imagine it, you can see it for yourself in the Petit France Quarter, my favorite part of Strasbourg.
Here you feel transported back in time and can almost see the fisherman going out for the daily catch in his row-boat and the millers and tanners going about their daily work. No wonder that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only city in France to hold this honour. If you need further motivation, you can check out 5 more reasons to visit Strasbourg here.
It’s the capital city of Alsace and the official seat of the European Parliament, which you can visit – but I, unfortunately, didn’t. A good excuse to return! And return you will! When I lived in Stuttgart, Germany, Strasbourg was just an hour away and I visited twice. All the expats I know in Stuttgart have also made multiple visits. And the Christmas market? I can only imagine! But unfortunately, haven’t been to that either. I’m really sensing a third trip in my future. Wanna join me?