Name a cosmopolitan city that was once in Germany, then in France, and back and forth more than once. Strasbourg, is a flashpoint for Franco-German rivalry. A wonderful city that is the home to the Parliament of the European Union and Strasbourg University. A great place to visit.
Our tour guide for the day was Audrey and she was terrific. Knowledgeable and well spoken. A great representative of the city of Strasbourg. She gave us a great overview of her city and its history.
Here is a photo of Audrey and George, our cruise director on the Hlin and the Kara. Do you wonder what George is thinking?
George is absolutely a wonderful cruise director and I would be remiss if I didn’t complement him. He obviously loves his job. As he says, the crew on the Viking Kara is his family and they clearly return his love.
We toured on a bus for about forty minutes and I did my best to get a couple of photos as we drove past some of the sites. Sorry if the photos are a little iffy.
Then we left the bus to start a walking tour. Here are a couple of shots as we walked along the quay.
We strolled along streets with half-timber houses, . . .
overhanging the thoroughfare, as we made out way past Place Gutenberg . . .
. . . on our way to the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Audrey walked us through the Cathedral and pointed out the highlights of the interior. I returned later, after lunch, to stroll through and take a few photos.
We decided to have lunch at Maison Kammerzell, a restaurant near the Cathedral. I am certain it caters to tourists but it is also popular with locals as well. Maison Kammerzell, located in this lovely building, . . .
. . . is very attractive inside and obviously has hosted to numerous celebrities.
After a terrific lunch, I had veal kidneys, something I really like and that are really hard to find (a quality French restaurant is a good place to look). we were on our way back to the Cathedral. Here is a collection of photos from this beautiful Cathedral.
Barbara and Jimmy decided to return to the boat and JoAnn and I decided to stroll around the area. Here are a few shots of the area. It is really an exciting city and the core area is lovely.
Then, we returned to Place de la Cathedral where I took these photos.
And, before we knew it, we were back on the Kara.