Saturday dawned a gorgeous day in Strasbourg. Woke up early and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in the hotel. The hotel provides a nice spread of breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt, fruit, eggs and more which all looked delicious. Crunchy baguettes lie in a basket ready to be freshly sliced. Fortified with several cups of coffee we were ready to explore.
First up was Notre Dame. The streets are quiet in the morning and we had the cathedral practically to ourselves. Gorgeous 12th century stained glass fills the soaring arches. Meticulous repair and restoration work ensures visitors for years to come will enjoy the vibrant color of the glass.
We continued on toward the river. Which is lined with colorful timbered houses, cafes and tour barges. Following the walking tour from my book we strolled along the cobbled quay enjoying the sunshine.
Each alley is a delight with picture book views around every corner. It’s a very easy town to fall in love with.
After a brief afternoon nap we supplemented our wardrobes with new French fashions, enjoyed a glass or two of wine in an outdoor cafe and learned how to order tarts and eclairs from the patisserie which were savored on the steps of Notre Dame while being serenaded by a medieval performer.
With the sun still shining until around 8pm the evenings are perfect for strolling while seeking out the ideal dining experience. We found it in the restaurant Au Pont Saint Martin, a beautiful timbered building perched over the river Ill.
Instead of full meals we opted for several entrees (which are appetizers). Our table was soon graced with escargot and foie gras. The escargot was extremely tender swimming in garlic butter and fresh herbs. The pate was amazingly smooth, creamy lusciousness. We have yet to sample the goose pate but have thoroughly enjoyed the duck version.
Regional munster cheese served with salad and potato pancakes will be something to remember! The munster here is like nothing we know in the states. It’s rich, smooth and pungent. Our final dish was a traditional onion and bacon tarte. Thin flaky pastry crust topped with rich salty bacon and thinly sliced onions. The pastry flaking and crumbling with each bite.
Everything paired with a local Gewürztraminer that was fruity, spicy and a perfect foil for the rich meal.
A leisurely stroll found us back at our hotel planning tomorrow’s adventure while listening to the tolling of the church bells in the distance. Bonne nuit!