Arriving in Strasbourg, France
Another delicious breakfast buffet greeted us at 7:30am and by 9:00am we were outside ready to board our bicycles again. Yup, we had such a great time yesterday that we wanted to do another tour – this time through the beautiful city of Strasbourg! Still a bit cool and cloudy today so we opted for this tour to keep us warm and active.
Other tours offered today included a Strasbourg City Tour which was a 1 hour bus tour followed by a 1 hour walking tour through Petite France. Today there was also a “Late Starter Strasbourg City Tour” that didn’t start until 10:30am to give people more time to sleep in and then still get in some touring… love this concept!
First stop was the Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg …this is the OTHER Notre Dame but still just as beautiful. At 142 metres it was the world’s tallest building but today it is the sixth-tallest church in the world.
Neat fact – Strasbourg is the location of the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights! It is also an important centre of manufacturing and engineering. It’s port is the second largest on the Rhine after Duisburg, Germany having the seat of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine.
We absolutely loved biking through the beautiful city streets, over the canals and through some beautiful gardens. One of our favourites was Park De L’Orangerie – directly across from the Council of Europe’s Palais de L’Europe. It was designed in the 17th century by Le Notre (who also build Versailles) so you can see many of the features similar to what you would see in the famous grounds in Paris.
All that biking was hard work so we returned to our beautiful home, the AmaStella and fell into bed for a quick nap. These rooms are gorgeous and there is plenty of room for two people, your luggage and–with the french balcony–a place to unwind with a drink!
One of the most wonderful things about river cruising is that your cruise ship is docked in one spot often for the evening and tonight we were staying in Strasbourg until 10:45pm so after a bit of a nap and lunch we ventured back out on the shuttle bus to take us right into the city where we explored all the shopping, walked more of the city and canals and just enjoyed being in such a beautiful town in Europe. The weather was brightening up (and warming up) so it was a great way to end the afternoon.
We returned back to our home away from home to have a few drinks at the sip and sail… then it was time to get ready for dinner since tonight we were invited to the Chef’s Table! Even though we ARE celebrities (!) you don’t need to be one on this ship since EVERYONE gets invited to dine at the Chef’s Table at some point during the cruise…. and what an experience it was. The small dining venue at the back of the AmaStella is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and tables where you can see the chef preparing your meal. We had so many glasses of wine that I can’t even remember the menu which is why I had to just scan it and post it here! Everything was delicious and carefully prepared. The Chef came out to explain all of the dishes and answered any questions along the way. What an amazing dinner and evening!
See the menu here (but don’t forget that the offerings change each cruise based on season and itinerary!)
You can imagine that after a meal like that it was time to zzzzz… I think we may have manged one drink in the lounge before it was off to our heavenly bed. We did depart Strasbourg by 10:45pm but I’m sure we were fast asleep by that time!