The historic city of Strasbourg, located east of France not far from the border of Germany, is a unique little medieval city with an impressive number of land marks within a fairly small area. Its remarkable architecture has also been classified as world heritage; in particular Strasbourg’s great island “Grande Ile”, registered by UNESCO in 1988, and found in the centre of the city encircled by two branches of the Ill River.
Although, you’ll need a full day, if not two, to explore this city completely you won’t be able to miss the “Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg”, one of Europe's most beautiful examples of gothic design. This majestic cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, is the city’s main land mark. Constructed out of dark pink sandstone, it was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. As you enter, you are overwhelmed by the grand nave leading to the altar, lightened by the colourful stained glass windows illustrating the episodes of the new testament of the life of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. You will also find beautiful paintings, sculptures and treasures such as the huge astronomical clock. Before you leave, whilst surrounded by such magnificence, it only seems fitting to light a candle and say a pray for your loved ones.
When you do finally move away from the mesmerizing cathedral, you will be just as impressed exploring the old town with its amazing architecture, tight alleys and quaint bridges especially within Petite France, the city’s prettiest and most enchanting neighbourhoods.
Walking around will also definitely stir your appetite, the scent of coffee drifting out from their cafes and the tantalizing aromas from the local bakeries will ensure you stop and try one of their freshly baked breads and/or pastries. We ended up Cafe Bretelles, here we indulged in a French style brunch of baguette, local cheese, homemade strawberry jam and freshly squeezed orange juice. Then at the end of the day, we came across a glacier and treated ourselves to some delicious ice cream from place called "Amorino" which they cleverly created into a rose design.
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