So, I have realised some 18 months later that I never wrote about my trip to Strasbourg and I figure that I should!
Please forgive me if my memory is a bit hazy about it (I have been told it will happen as I am 40 and close to senility! Yeah… thank you like!).
I am having to use my pictures and calendar to figure out what I did on what day.
I decided that I wanted to go somewhere other than Paris or Brussels. I bought my Eurostar ticket to Strasbourg after looking at the map and seeing where was easy to get to from Paris.
For some reason, Strasbourg caught my eye but I am not sure why.
I then booked a hostel and was somewhat confused about how to get there from the train station. I looked at the map a couple of times and couldn’t figure it out. I decided then it would be easier to get a taxi as I knew enough French to get me by.
I had 2.5 days in Strasbourg to explore. It really was a whistle-stop tour but I managed to cram as much in as I could.
The weather held out for me the whole trip (as it should in August!) and I was grateful for that.
In the morning I decided to look at the map and try and get my bearings. I found some places I wanted to go to and headed in that direction. I was fairly close to the city centre (though, still far enough away that I didn’t like the walk as that was in my less fitter days) so went there to see what was around.
The architecture in Strasbourg is quite pretty and I was in awe of how it looked. I was constantly looking up and looking around.
I wandered around the city centre on the first day and then wandered off to the tram (as I am wont to do) as I saw that you could get a tram to Germany from Strasbourg. That’s right – all the way to Germany (It sounds better when I say it like that). Truth be told, I was on the tram for about 30 minutes.
It was really bizarre that you could do that. I get it for trains that cross country borders, but it was weird for the tram.
I can only do Strasbourg justice in pictures and here are some pictures from the first day here
The last day I didn’t really do much as I had to be at the station for about 4. I left my luggage at the hostel and went to tram surf and find some food.
I also tried to get the last few pictures that I wanted before I had to leave.
Once I had done that, I went to pick up my luggage and went to the tram to the station (I knew how to get back this time! Bravo me!) and sat there for about an hour just watching the trains whilst waiting for my train up to Paris.
It was a bit of a nightmare getting from Gare de L’Est to Gare Du Nord. The metro was a bit confusing to get there and it took me about 15 minutes longer than usual to get there. I finally found my way and then just sat waiting to board Eurostar.
I got home and I didn’t even unpack I was that tired. My own bed was so welcome once I got home!
All in all, the trip was a good trip. Strasbourg was not somewhere that was on my radar before this trip but it is somewhere that you should consider visiting. It is nothing like Paris and the French here are friendly and kind!
You can view all of my Strasbourg pics here