Category Archives: Strasbourg

Strasbourg, The Definition of Charming

The word charming comes to mind whenever I think about Strasbourg. The gorgeous buildings, the friendly people, the picturesque river, the cobblestone alleys, it all adds up to one of the most beautiful European cities I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. There’s also a monolithic cathedral that is a little more in your face than charming but incredible none the less. Strasbourg is the main city in the Alsace region of eastern France and it has a unique history with a strong German influence. I loved cycling through the streets at a relaxed pace, stopping for gelato while exploring Petite France, Ponts Couverts, the River Ille and other highlights. There’s also some nice parks and the European Parliament building for something a little different. I could have quite easily overlooked Strasbourg when planning my trip through France but I’m glad that I didn’t, it’s the definition of charming and a hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed.

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Down an Alley to Cour du Corbeau

I was lucky enough to stay at the Cour du Corbeau during my time in Strasbourg, a delightful hotel that is almost an attraction in itself. It’s hidden down Place du Corbeau, a cobblestone alley that sums up much of what makes Strasbourg so charming.

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Pretty Buildings in Strasbourg

Across the river Ille in the heart of Strasbourg you can enjoy a veritable buffet of pretty buildings that add to the charm of this beautiful European city. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I did just use the word buffet to help describe the buildings here in Strasbourg.

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Across Strasbourg’s Ponts Couverts

I’m falling in love with Strasbourg and there’s no more beautiful area to enjoy than the Ponts Couverts, a series of footbridges and towers surrounded by water and classic architecture. I went down there around sunset and was treated to some gorgeous views that managed to come out quite nicely on camera. I think this is one of the best photos I’ve taken so far on my European adventure so far.

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European Parliament Building in Strasbourg

Look at me getting all political at the European Parliament building in Strasbourg. I didn’t do much other than looking around but boy did I feel empowered doing it. It’s quite an interesting building to explore so it’s worth checking out if you get the chance, preferably when there’s no politicians around.

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A Cute Dog with Floppy Ears

Sometimes I don’t want to take sophisticated photos of fancy pants architecture, sometimes I just want to take a photo of a cute dog with floppy ears. I’m so glad I walked past this guy, he’s the best.

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Strasbourg Cathedral Inside & Out

Let me start by saying that the Strasbourg Cathedral is huge, like seriously huge. It boggles the mind as you stand underneath it, leaning back in an attempt to see the top without straining your neck. While you’re exploring the city you’ll probably find yourself using the cathedral as a point of reference, it’s that big. Also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, it was the tallest building in the world between 1647 and 1874. The inside of the cathedral is suitably gorgeous and is even home to a rather famous astronomical clock.

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Just a Really Cool Looking Car

I won’t pretend to know much about cars but I do know when I see one I like, which is what happened as I walked past this fine piece of machinery in Strasbourg today. Technically it’s a Ford but to me it’s just a really cool looking car that I randomly walked past in France.

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A Library in the Park

I’ve wandered my way into Parc de l’Orangerie, a relaxing park in Strasbourg that even has it’s own little library where you can just stroll up and grab a book! Europeans are so civilized, this kind of thing would have been set on fire within minutes back home.

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