Where does one go after Paris? Strasbourg, of course! It’s a smaller French city right next to the border of Germany, in the Alsace region.
We stayed with a friend named Alex, who is between jobs (just like us!), which meant he was our personal tour guide during our visit. Alex was one of the friendliest people we’ve ever met, and his fellow Frenchpeople seemed to think so too because every day we met more and more of his friends. We went to a unique self-serve pub with a different beer on tap at each table. You load funds onto a card and swiped it at a tap and it only charges you for the amount you pour. We also tried the traditional Alsacian food, tartes flambe, which is kind of like a French quesadilla, with ham or cabbage or mushrooms. We didn’t get pictures of all that stuff, so you’ll have to take our word for it.
We did get pictures of our favorite part of town, called Petite France, the picturesque medieval quarter.
We also toured the cathedral. It’s missing a tower because when they started adding it the whole corner of the building started sinking so they just left it off.
Inside there’s an ornate organ hanging up. Where else are you gonna put an organ?
We climbed up to the roof of the cathedral and viewed some views.
On the way back down we met a couple from Loveland, a town right next to ours back home. Small world? Colorado conspiracy?
Alex is into music and sci-fi, so we got along quite well. A highlight was watching anime in Japanese, subtitled in French, translated into English by Alex. At the end of our stay we rode bikes to Germany, passing over the Rhine, to meet even more of his friends at a lake for swimming and badminton.
It was a great visit. We met more local people than anywhere else so far, and felt really at home by the time we had to leave.
Ryan did a lot of drawing this time.
See you in Barcelona!