STRASBOURG – my one day trip to a beautiful city in France!

“I dreamt of a fantasy land with colorful houses and flowery cakes.” – This is what I felt when I visited one of the most beautiful city in France. It was a Sunday, when the weather gods showered their love with a very warm weather. And then an impromptu plan was made to visit Strasbourg from Germany. I know there must be many people who wouldn’t have heard about the city(well I was one among them! ). But when I got an extra day added to my three-day vacation, all my research lead to this picturesque city. And I definitely do not regret it.

Gare de Strasbourg – city railway station

After a lot of to/fro and confusion between changing stations, we manage to reach Strasbourg’s main railway station around 12:30, so technically we had almost around 6 hours with us to explore the city. Obviously this isn’t enough to cover the entire city but fortunately the places which we wanted to visit was pretty close to each other, so we were able to get hold of most of the touristy places within few hours. But if you’re ever planning to visit Strasbourg, I would definitely recommend 2 complete days to stay in the city and experience it’s culture. One thing which is worth mentioning to me is that the moment I got out of the main railway station and rolled my eyes around, I could definitely feel I was in FRANCE(that was my yay moment :D)!

Why is Strasbourg famous ?

  1. First and foremost, man! it’s damn beautiful. If you’re a first time visitor then you’ll be carried away by the architectural heritage which is heavily romantic and influenced by Roman, Medieval eras. The city cuts through many waterways, beautiful flower bouquet like plants hanging in the balconies. At every step of the city, you would want to stop and capture the memory through a photograph.

2. For many who don’t know, Strasbourg is declared as a UNESCO’s world heritage site. In 1988, “Strasbourg – Grande-Ile” was inscribed a first time on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. This list gathers cultural and natural sites for their outstanding value. 

3. Strasbourg plays a major role as a business, commercial, and cultural centre. Besides its traditional role as the chief city of Alsace, Strasbourg is also the seat of a number of European institutions and bodies including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.

What to visit in Strasbourg in a day!

  1. The magnificient Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg should be in your list if you’re visiting for the first time.

2. La Petite France, Strasbourg

Petite France is the city’s lively tourist hub, known for cobblestone streets, canals, and well-preserved half-timbered homes like the Tanners’ House, built in 1572. A terrace atop the 17th-century Barrage Vauban, a covered bridge and dam, offers panoramic views. Alsatian eateries dot the area, while shops on and around Grand’Rue sell clothing and souvenirs such as crockery, wine, and specialty teas. It’s the most picturesque city in Old Strasbourg.

3. If you’re in France then how can you forget the bakeries, it’s tasty pastries, the mouth-watering cakes, on-point croissants and a lot more. I tried Amorino’s gelato ice-cream and a cheesecake from Maison Du Kougelhopf. I would highly recommend the cheesecake from Maison Du Kougelhopf. It was the best cheesecake I have ever had in my life! All those shiny little adjectives that you hear for a cake in Masterchef shows, like light as feather or melts like snow. Yes, that cheesecake was everything 😀

4. I witnessed the very sharp and most notable architecture in the Ponts Couverts. These are a set of three bridges and four towers that make up a defensive work erected in the 13th century on the River Ill in the city of Strasbourg in France. The three bridges cross the four river channels of the River Ill that flow through Strasbourg’s historic Petite France quarter. The Ponts Couverts have been classified as a Monument historique since 1928.(courtesy: wiki)

courtesy: google

The experience

Whether a visitor’s interests lean towards art, architecture or music, Strasbourg offers plenty of cultural opportunities. It’s filled with youth and vibrant ambience. It’s as picturesque as you see in a movie. If you have less time but you would like to experience a slice of France, then Strasbourg is for you!

Narrow streets, those timbered houses, a cheesecake on my side, in front of La Petite France, in an intimate romantic atmosphere – that’s my experience, please do share yours if you ever visit 🙂

Au Revoir!

Let’s talk food [Part-1]: Top 5 restaurants to visit in Mumbai

I am starting my ‘Let’s talk food’ series with my short two days trip to Mumbai. It was successful only because of the great variety and quality of food I had there. Cutting it short, Bombay offers a lot in food not only in terms of it’s origin but also in terms of diverse culture. I will shortlist all of the places with good-to-mouth food, where you should must visit if you’re planning for a short trip to Mumbai.

1. On my first day I had a visit to the most suggested and the famous Bademiya which is located in Colaba and never will I ever regret this. For my starters I had chicken kebab and fish tikka, then mutton biriyani for my main course and ended the full course with some delicious caramel pudding and shahi tukda.

2. Number 2 on my list would be Trishna. This place is situated at the heart of the city and also you can find beautiful architectural buildings around the place for your insta worthy pics 😉 . This restaurant is famous for it’s sea food, so what I would suggest is to have it’s crab dish, you will not regret.

Crab unshelled
Rice with Coorgi Prawns
Chicken Tangdi Kebabs

3. For an evening hangout, I had a visit to CAFE MONDEGAR which is again at the same place, Colaba. What I enjoyed the most in this cafe was the ambience. You’ll find amazing caricatures and some western music. Food is not so different, as they serve American and North Indian dishes which most of the cafe does, but this place is a must visit if you’re planning to drop by during your shopping spree in Colaba.

4. For an amazing breakfast experience I would suggest to try out any of the irani cafes in Mumbai. I had planned to visit Britannia Co. and Leopold cafe but due to time crunch and the distance from my hotel, I gave a shot to Kayani Bakery and Co. It’s one of the oldest cafe in the city representing and showcasing the charm of the old bombay. For anyone visiting the cafe for the very first time, chai and bun is a must go-to-breakfast. Also this place will be memorable to me since I met one of the Bollywood star 😛 .

Cheese omelette with Irani chai, bun and some eggs

5. Lastly, this is the place which will attract most of the crowd with it’s star studded looks and some great low-priced food. Prithvi cafe is an outdoor cafe situated at the heart of Juhu. This cafe is attached to Prithvi theatre which is one of the oldest theatre owned by the Kapoor family of Bollywood, therefore do not be surprised if you see a bollywood star having meetings here :D. But this is a must go-to cafe if you are artistic and love Bollywood.

I had a great experience of food tasting in Mumbai. If you do visit the city, please do not forget to try out these places if it’s nearby and keep following my blog for more of this 🙂