Alsace: A Unique Corner of France
Picture-Book Countryside, Recipe Book Gastronomy...
The main city of Alsace and the seat of the European Parliament, University City Strasbourg is a political and educational European hub of activity. The European parliament was sited here deliberately to symbolise peace due to the many previous Franco-German disputes about its territory. With great road links to other European cities, the word ‘Strasbourg’ loosely means ‘city of roads.’
Another couple of pretty little towns in the area are Plombieres Les Bains with its lovely restaurants and stone buildings, and Munster with its lovely gift shops, local cheese, and famous stalks nesting high up on the buildings in the centre of the town. These birds have become lovable and renowned since their refusal to follow nature's norms of flying South for the winter, and remain here year-round.
If skiing at Gerardmer or visiting this area, a cheap Ibis Budget hotel is available at nearby town Remiremont - around 20 minutes away by car.
Colourful beamed buildings, excellent boutique shopping and a canal running through the centre are some of the many features making this little town very much worth a visit. Follow signs for ‘Petite Venice’ and you will find yourself transported right into a postcard. The canal water is clean, the buildings beautiful and the eating and drinking opportunities are in abundance.
Eat at a traditional 'Winstub' restaurant and during winter a good chocolat chaud or vin chaud goes down a treat!
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