On Tuesday we set out from Brussels through Luxembourg to Strasbourg, in France. There wasn’t a moment of the drive where the scenery was anything less than stunning. Sweet little towns, with church spires reaching above pretty red-roofed houses, called to us from either side of the highway. We put a few places on our future travel wish list; the seven chateaus in the valley of Luxembourg, for example.
We had lunch in the town of Bastogne, which was the site of the battle of the bulge, but we didn’t see much of the town, to be honest, we just wanted to stretch out legs and have a run about for a while. There is such a lot of history in Europe – when you holiday in the USA often, as we do, you get used to how they celebrate buildings having been there since 1800-and-something, so to see properly old things is at once strange and wonderful. For example, there has been a church on this site since the 800s.
After lunch, we continued on into France, after filling up with the cheapest diesel we’ve seen in a very long time – €,93!
We arrived in Strasbourg in time for dinner. We stayed in the Holiday Inn Express which was approximately a 15-minute walk away from the centre of town.
What a beautiful place Strasbourg is! Seriously, if I lived here I’d have to plan an extra fifteen minutes sightseeing time in my schedule so I’d get to places on time.
The cathedral is beautiful inside and out. James enjoyed chasing bubbles outside, which makes a change from chasing pigeons!
Check out these stained glass windows, which are so pretty.
The organ was enormous. I’ll bet that sounds out some hymns and there’ll need to be a pretty enthusiastic congregation.
The cathedral houses an astronomical clock, which is so amazing that even the inventor thought so; he built a statue of himself opposite it so he could admire it forever!
James took a ride on the carousel before we went to the boulangerie for a sandwich lunch.
And then we set out to Dambach for the night. Unfortunately we didn’t book a table for our evening meal in the hotel restaurant, and so our plans for a relaxing evening disappeared. We ended up in McDonald’s instead!
However, the hotel was very pretty, and I ticked something off a bucket list: I spent the night in a four-poster bed.
The next morning the weather was gorgeous and we headed up a twisty-twiney road up the hill to the chateau Haut-Koeningsburg.
This castle was built in the 12th century and did a very important job, in my eyes: guarding the wine!
We were so high up, the view was amazing. It was great to explore all the little nooks and crannies, and we loved the ceramic room warmers.
We decided to call into the town of Colmar for our dinner. We arrived at a funny time, keen to feed the boys at a reasonable time and not wishing to reproduce last night’s McDonald’s visit!
What a pretty place this is! The Little Venice was where we sat for our meal of baguettes!
Our next destination was the Hotel zum fröhlichen Landmann, alas we didn’t realise until we arrived that it has a Michelin bib. We really should have eaten dinner in the restaurant here!