Recently, my friend Sophie and I decided to go to Strasbourg, Alsace, for a weekend getaway. Sophie is also an exchange student from UQ (she is studying at Lyon) so it was lovely to catch up with her and do some sightseeing in a place the both of us had never visited. I did a bit of research about Alsace before I arrived, and I was interested to learn that the region once changed hands between France and Germany four times within a 75-year period. The city is a mixture of the two cultures – the people speak French and you can find most of the classic French cuisine that you encounter throughout the rest of the country, but there are also strong Germanic influences. The most noticeable is the architecture. I’m not an architecture enthusiast so I’m going to refrain on commenting on the technical aspects, but most of the pictures I have posted down below are of the buildings so you can see for yourself what I mean.
Sophie and I sampled some traditional Alsatian fare: for lunch we had flammekueche (tarte flambée in French) and for dinner we attempted to eat baeckeoffe. The flammekueche is almost like a thin-crust pizza, but the toppings are more like what you would find on a traditional French crêpe (we had crème fraîche, onions, bacon, mushrooms and cheese). Baeckeoffe is a slow-cooked white wine stew filled with a mix of vegetables and beef, pork and lamb. We were only able to eat half of our portions, and we also found what we think were pigs trotters which neither of us were game enough to try.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best weather while we were in Strasbourg but that is to be expected in this European winter. It wasn’t really a problem except photography-wise, as the overcast day seemed to make everything a bit duller. I tried my best to capture the feel of the place though – I hope you enjoy and that you get to visit this amazing place one day!