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Continuing the Strasbourg Adventures…

Saturday, November 24th: Woke up pretty early because we had to leave the hotel for a guided tour of Strasbourg at 9h30, so I was downstairs with the roomies by 8h45ish to gorge on breakfast nomnoms. In Grenoble, we pretty much only eat bread for breakfast with various toppings (jam, butter, nutella, cheese), so being able to eat a full on breakfast buffet at the hotel was a treat and a half. I think I may have eaten my weight in food: eggs, bread, ham & cheese breakfast sandwiches, fruit… the list continues, but you get the point. Traditional breakfast deprivation.

There We Are

Anyway, at 9h30 we left the hotel and went to meet up with our tour guide. Now, usually on these types of tours I get a little bored, but this tour guide did a solid job of holding my attention. That, and the fact that the Strasbourg Market was awesome!

Hot Nutsss

There was so much to feast my eyes upon. The tour lasted about an hour and a half, then we were released to enjoy Strasbourg. I used this time to to the following:

  1. Eat
  2. Hot Wine
  3. Buy Christmas Gifts
  4. More Hot Wine
  5. Eat Again

Ellisa & The Gnome

It was a fantastic afternoon, and afterwards I could proudly say that most of my Christmas shopping was done! Three cheers for me. Also, I thought I would give you a little insight on the Strasbourg food specialties:

  • La choucroute¬†:¬†White cabbage simmered in white wine from Alsace (the region we were in). Once cooked, a combination of sausage, pork chops, bacon and ham is added, sometimes even a boiled potatoes. ‘Twas delicious.
  • Flammekueche: Tarte Flambee of Alsace. A very popular regional specialty; the classic consists of a pie dough covered with bacon, onions and sour cream, grated cheese gratin and then baked. I had a vegetarian one so it was different toppings, but the premise was the same. Also delectable!
  • Baeckeoffe: This dish is a stew that blends various meats. Beef, lamb or goose leg marinated in a dry white wine, (Sylvaner or Riesling). Onion and garlic are then added, and the pieces of meat are placed twenty-four hours later in a casserole baked between two layers of potatoes and onions. I can’t say I tried this, but it must be pretty dank.
  • Le kougelhopf: traditional Alsatian cake. Didn’t have this either…
  • Le Bretzel: A pretzel pretty much, but quite large. I had mine with dark chocolate on it. Yummm.

Veggie Tarte Flambee

Everything I ate was worth the price (and it wasn’t even that expensive!), and the wine was amazing. You can bet your asses that I will be making that regularly this winter. Stay tuned for those sweet recipes.

Ermmm, after the market, I branched off with the babies: Camillo, Jeremy, Aubrey and Olivia, and Maddie, Ellisa and Natasha, and we wandered further into the heart of Strasbourg in search of some local dinner.

Purty

We found this cute restaurant overlooking the river, and this is where I had my first taste of the tasty tarte flambee. We all just hung out there for a while and chatted, then we migrated to the main area of the Christmas Market where an amazing show was about to go down! View the pictures and videos, it’s pretty difficult to put into words. I will tell you though, that Strasbourg boasts the biggest Christmas tree in France, and probably one of the bigger ones in Europe. It was huge!

LOVE THE TREE

After the spectacle, we went back to the hotel to gather some energy and switch into night mode. I changed quickly and then went to Richard and Preston’s room to meet up with them and Emily, and from there the festivities started.

Preston Giving Heather A Dance

In typical API fashion, it was a shit show. People puked, cried, passed out and did the typical drunken things. I was actually one of the more controlled ones, which is strange.. but I kind of liked it. I was able to actually remember everything, yay! Sans details though, it was a fun night, and I probably went to bed around 3h00.

Day Two, Complete.

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Christmastime in Strasbourg, France

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Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’m on a roll with these posts lately. Maybe I’ll be caught up by the weeks end. In actuality, I should be studying for my Culture and Society exam on Monday because I’m totally screwed for it, but I’ll get around to that eventually. Moving on…

Friday, November 23rd: After getting a solid nights sleep (which was totally necessary), I woke up and made my way to the bus stop, Grand Sablon, for 9h30 and started the 8hour bus trek to Strasbourg, France, Yes…. it was a very long day. Thankfully, it was broken up by a pit stop in the Jura Mountains, where we munched on some tasty cheese at the Maison du Comte, which is a very famous cheese here in France. Also, if you know the Laughing Cow cheese, you will be familiar with the “lesser quality” Comte cheese. It was all quite delicious, and nice to stretch our legs.

Fromage, YummyMini-Farm Of Cheese

All too soon, it was time to pile back onto the bus and finish our trip. Being the self-established princess that I am (I’m half kidding…), I claimed a big chunk of the “saloon” in the back of the bus, so I was able to bounce back and forth between playing Uno with the fam and napping, using Max as a pillow. All-in-all, it was a pretty pleasant trip considering the length.

We finally arrived at our destination around 20h30, and we were STARVING. As soon as we dropped off our things at the hotel, a big group of us bee-lined it to try and find food, and find a place to buy wine. The wine search was a fail, as was the food… no one could seem to commit to a place to eat. We ended up walking around and soaking in the sites. Eventually, it ended up being Preston, Richard, Kaitlyn, Ellisa and myself at a very tasty Kebab place. I wanted to try and eat a Strasbourg specialty, but hunger won out… plus, we had the rest of the weekend. When my hunger was finally tamed, we spent a good deal of time exploring Strasbourg once again; it was beautiful with lights strung everywhere, I couldn’t get enough. We also arrived there on the opening day of the famous Strasbourg Marche de Noel, so the positive energy was infectious.

How Beautiful Is That?Oh la laLit Up!

As the night progressed, our large group dwindled down to solely Emily, Richard, Preston and myself, and we decided to explore the nightlife a little and go out for a drink. We ended up all splitting the largest pitcher of blue liquid I’ve ever seen! It was delicious, pretty, and was gone in a few minutes. Mmm. Afterwards we decided it was time to call it a night, for we all had an early and long day ahead of us. Day one in Strasbourg, complete. Little Boxes...!!!