We spent a few days in Strasbourg at an amazing airbnb outside the city center. We had the most gracious hosts that spoiled the kids. They completely stocked our fridge with breakfast items, made sure the boys had toys and candy, and even set up a Christmas tree for us. I tell ya…I am loving airbnb! We saved money by buying other groceries at the market down the street. Crazy cheap prices! As much as I love french food, you have to cut costs where you can when travelling… and frozen pizzas help with that.
We walked around Petite France a bit, eating crepes, stopping at playgrounds, and feeding ducks along the canals. This is a charming historic quarter with half timbered homes, cafe’s and shops. If I were to stay in Strasbourg again this is the area I would choose. Very picturesque! This was the day before the opening Christmas market so the business owners and home owners were all out decorating.
The reason we came to Strasbourg was for the opening night of the famous Christmas market. It’s called the Capitol of Christmas as its been held since 1570! There are 12 market locations spread over the city and they really do go all out with decorating. We almost didn’t make it to the event as just days before there was an arrest of some men in the city whom had been planning a terrorist attack. We read and reread every piece of media pertaining to the arrests and whether the event would be cancelled or if it was even smart to go. There wasn’t a lot of information released as to where the attacks were planned, just that the attack was “long envisioned” and “multiple locations”. By the day of the market opening information started to trickle out that the attacks had been planned for December 1 (a few days later) and that the market would go on (with heavy security). So we decided to go but not to linger in the areas that were heavily populated.
I’m so glad we went because it was such a magical event. The Notre Dame Strasbourg was absolutely stunning at night. The food was amazing, the street performers, and the ambiance was just a fun experience. I preferred the smaller, more intimate markets with the boys but it was worth going just to experience how grand it was. I didn’t get too many pictures because we were on high alert with the terrorist scare but here are a few of the ones I was able to shoot. Wish I had more to do it justice!
We’ve now visited a few French cities in the north and now we need to plan Paris and French Riviera trips! Oh, and Normandy too. There is just so much to see in this country I don’t know where we will find the time.