Oct 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Take In Strasbourg

Seniors…looking for a city in France that is totally loaded with everything from a beautiful cathedral to restaurants that specialize in choucroute garnie? Head for Strasbourg in the region called Alsace. This also the region for Riesling white wine to go with the choucroute garnie.

The city, a major port on the Rhine, is the traditional capital of Alsace. Its industries include oil refining, brewing, printing, food processing, and metallurgy.  Famous for its university and its pate, Strasbourg is also headquarters of the Council of Europe. It is said that this is the city where France and Germany collide.

Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in northeastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin département. The city and the region of Alsace is historically German-speaking, explaining the city’s Germanic name. With 638,670 inhabitants in 2006, Strasbourg’s metropolitan area is the ninth largest in France. Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union.

Strasbourg’s historic city center, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is fused into the Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the largest in France.

Seniors Discover a Fairy Tale Neighborhood

A couple of the most memorable sites that I visited with students on a tour of France were the Cathedral Notre Dame, a huge cathedral and Strasbourg’s most famous landmark.  It is an intimidating example of 13th-century Gothic architecture. The other memorable site, La Petite France is Strasbourg’s historic neighborhood with a serene collection of cobblestone roads, fine restaurants and medieval buildings. Here you will find a neighborhood that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale book, a riverfront neighborhood with timbered buildings accented by colorful flower boxes.  It’s a wonderful city just for strolling along the cobblestone streets.  Oh yes, here is a good recipe for making your own Choucroute Garnie chez vous.  Amusez-vous bien.  jeb

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