TRAVEL ADVENTURES . . .
Cruising through the Cultural Center of France on the Upper Rhine
by Bonnie Carroll
Strasbourg Canal (Photo: Bonnie Carroll)
The inviting cobblestone street lined town with wooden houses on this "island" to be discovered on foot is enclosed on all sides by the Ill River and is a delight nearly beyond description. Strasbourg, France is the largest port on the Upper Rhine River and has been well preserved with lovely canals running through it.
Like Living a Grimms Fairy Tale (Photo: Bonnie Carroll)
Walking through the charming collection of timbered houses is a true flash from the past where a huge statue of the founder of the movable press and book binding Johannes Gutenberg stands. The Alsatian cafe culture offeres welcomingl venues for tourists to enjoy coffee and cake or share lunch with friends. I must share that for a woman who adored Grimms Fairy Tales as a child this Old Town visit took me back to sitting in my bed listenig to my mother reading the magical stories by Grimms.
Cafes Line Midieval Streets in Strasbourg (Photo: Bonnie Carroll)
The food and beverage represented in Strasbourg offers not only outstanding Alsace comfort foods to be savored In German Renaissance buildings with wonderful beer, but also favorites such as "Vin Chaud" a mulled wine popular at the Christmas Market during the holidays. It also offers outstanding faire like the plates served at Jean-George Vongerichten's supposed favorite the renowned Au Pont Corbeau. Every variety of food is available in Strasbourg including Lebanese, African-Morocan, vegan, Italian and more.
Strasbourg Comfort Food - Strasbourg Christmas Market for "Vin Chaud"
Divine freshly baked baquettes and cheeses are available at cozy shops during a walk through the city center, and award-winning pastry chef Thiery Mulhaupt has two locations in Strasbourg to savor his outstanding patisseries. Based on the numbers, tourists enjoy the ongoing charm of Les Plaisirs Gourmands, featuring a very lovely Frencg garden setting.
Johannes Gutenberg Statue - Strasbourg Cathedral (photos: Bonnie Carroll)
The Cathredral of Our Lady in Strasbourg is an amazing architectural structure with wonderful history that attracts a bevy of tourists and religious devotees. It is overpowering and magnificent.
If you love being taken back to your happy childhood memories as I do you will adore this magical city with a Medieval past. To plan a river cruise with an unforgettable visit in Strasbourg visit:www.vikingrivercruises.com.
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