December 20, 2013

Strasbourg is in France, but our boat docked on the other side of the Rhine river which is Germany.  Founded by the Romans in 12 BC, Strasbourg («the town at the crossroads») has always occupied a strategic position in Europe. Situated at a meeting point of the North-South and East-West communication routes, the town has benefited from commerce of all kinds and also encouraged the free movement of ideas. During the 11th century, construction work got underway on the cathedral, a project which would last for two and a half centuries and would see the town emerge as one of the greatest cities in the Rhineland area and in Europe.  And, of course, it had a bell tower and we climbed it!  But first we took a canal boat cruise through the town.  We felt like we were in Disneyland’s New Orleans square.  It was such a pretty city and the Christmas Markets really made it look festive.  The rest of the day was relaxing, fun time on the boat.