Is it too late to write a Christmas post? 😉
Maybe… But outside it’s so cold that I feel closer to Christmas than to spring… Yesterday it snowed too! And more important, this year we went to Strasbourg Christmas market which I’ve been wanting to visit for so long, that I cannot not to talk about it! 😉
(days actually) wandering among the little wooden chalets, drinking hot wine and marveling at the
lights, the decorations, the smells…
It’s something I
discovered when I first moved to France as in Italy we don’t really have a real tradition of Christmas markets. In Rome there’s a “Christmas market” but, honestly,
when compared to the ones I saw here… It’s a totally different thing !
So are you ready to visit it all? You couldn’t have a better guide as one of our friends, with whom we spent the week-end, is from there 😉
well : we arrived late and tired on Friday night and found ourselves in the worst hotel I’ve ever seen (and trust me when I say that I saw horrible places during my travels, like in India or Thailand). Hotels in Strasbourg fill up very quickly during Christmas time and we really didn’t have a choice… so if you want to go there try to book as much in advance as you can. Anyway, we didn’t expect to be in a 5 stars palace, but neither did we expect the smell of sewage in the room, the curtains being grey because of dirty, that “bathroom” that was a prefabricated plastic box… All this for almost 100€/night… I think my bad mood was understandable – anyway, sorry my sweet hubby, I know it wasn’t your fault ;p
We strolled among the little stands in front of the Cathedral, drinking hot wine…
We met other friends in front of the blue bear
And we continue all together our walk through the little streets…
…To arrive to Little France, a historic, very cute neighborhood, with old Alsatian houses, cobblestones streets, the river…
All this walking made us hungry. We then went to Le Dome to taste some Alsatian specialities.
Flammekueche – a sort of very thin pizza with lardons, onions and fresh cream.
Bibeleskaes – potato and herbs cottage cheese.
They also have good coffee and cappuccino. Desserts on the other hand, weren’t really good.
The place is very nice, just in front of the Cathedral, and with big windows, that if you’re lucky to sit by, you can observe the world go by in the street below.
We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the other markets – in fact Strasbourg Christmas market is not one giant market but it’s composed of several little markets spread around different corners of the town.
We then headed back to the hotel for a little rest – as if it was possible to rest in that smelly room…
Not without passing by the big Christmas tree, to see it at night
Before meeting back the others for a Choucroute and Baeckeoffe based dinner.
I think it’s safe to say that Alsatian cuisine is good but not very light…
To end this beautiful day, we went out for drinks and dancing 🙂
I’m probably going to avoid to show pics from after dinner…
…Ok just 2, because they’re funny 😉
And tomorrow the rest of our adventures in Strasbourg !