|super quiet, so watch out!|
I had thought we might need public transportation to get around (the day pass is inexpensive), but we ended up walking onto town from our hotel, just outside of the canal ring near the train station. If we had ventured to some other kid-friendly Strasbourg Pass activities, many of them outside the Grande Ile, we might have used it, but we pretty much stayed in the old center the whole time.
|nice day for it|
Our time in Strasbourg was split over two half-days, with a little road trip down the wine route to Colmar on the day in between (next post). The Strasbourg tourist office offers a useful family guide highlighting kid-friendly activities, as well as a very compact "city walk" especially for kids, in which they embark on a 6-question scavenger hunt for things like carvings on buildings and special sign posts. It also includes some interesting and kid-accesible history of the city along the way.
|Familiciti rali is the scavenger hunt booklet. I like to say it with an Italian accent.|
|finding an answer|
We got about four questions in before we were discouraged to find we couldn't answer the next question about a garden because it was blocked off by construction. We'd already climbed the cathedral and sat through the cathedral clock presentation that day, and it was quite hot, so we cut the hunt short for ice cream.
So moving on...we spent some time in this little square near the water, called Place du Marché aux Cochons de Lait, which means Market Square for Suckling Pigs.
|Mom and Dad bottom right|
|dining in the suckling pig square|
|Tarte flambée, or flammekueche, a quintessential Alsatian dish. My friend warned us not to eat any ham or cheese before we went to Alsace, because that would be all we would eat. Good tip.|
|picking out a postcard with the suckling pig market on it|
|Same boat tour company as in Paris, I think|
|Audio guide available in about a dozen languages. We listened to the English kids' version. It was narrated by an an Australian-sounding pirate (and his parrot) and an American-sounding little boy. We enjoyed it, and the kids found it hilarious.|
|family resemblance much?|
|Petite-France and Grand-Dad|
|"Covered bridges" at the end, turning around|
|waiting in the locks to get in/out of Petite France|
We also went in search for a traditional Alsatian cake, the Kugelhopf. It's a cross between a bundt cake and a brioche pastry.
|Found some. Ate some. Tasty!|
See how romantic it was?
Strasbourg is a university town (which may explain the above picture) and was quite lively at 11pm on a Tuesday night.
Rick Steves warns about overdosing on all the half-timbered-cuteness in these Alsatian towns. I was starting to feel it by the end of the night.
|first sight upon entering Petite France|
|more Petite France|
|oh so cute|
Strasbourg verdict: we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this city, which felt not-too-big-but-not-too-small, is very beautiful, and has made some thoughtful attempts to engage people of all ages. We'd like to come back on the train sometime to explore the museums and parks, or visit the Christmas market.