Let the European Travels Begin – Stuttgart Germany Photographer
Before we even left Newport we started planning our European adventures because I have to tell you that my “to see” list is about a million miles long. So much to see and do and 3 years is in no way long enough! Plus the thought of staying in one hotel room for 30-60 days straight was not our idea of a good time.
After a week of being in Stuttgart we headed off to a nearby location – Strasbourg, France. I love that we are within an hour of France and I have already gotten several trips under my belt with many, many more to go!
Because Strasbourg is just within the French border and it’s home country has changed a few times, you can stroll through the streets and see both the French and German influences. Half timbered house, German food and beer are just a few of the influences widely seen in this Alsace region.
Of course it’s France so there’s still plenty of Alsatian wine, baked goods and cheese to be found as well. I’m still on the hunt for a chocolate croissant that is as good as the one I had every single morning from this little bakery around the corner from the apartment we stayed in. I may or may not dream about it daily…
The grand spectacle of Strasbourg is definitely the amazingly beautiful cathedral. Of course this is the first of many cathedrals we’ve seen at this point, but I must say in the midst of the city center this one is pretty spectacular. Of course we happened to visit during one of the craziest heat waves this part of Europe has experienced and there is minimal air conditioning to be had in this part of the world! We Paustenbaughs like to bring extreme weather with us wherever we go! However, onward and forward and up the cathedral narrow sprial staircase we climbed. It was worth it – the views and breezes were incredible.
I found out a few months ago, after our initial visit, that my great grandmother was originally from Strasbourg. At that time it was Strasbourg, Germany. I’m so excited to take my mom there when she visits this summer to see the city her grandmother came from so long ago.
Of course, like many of our getaways, we always try to get some fun and frolicking in there for the girls. We found an awesome toboggan run in the black forest of Germany not far from Strasbourg. I’m pretty sure the parents had as much or more fun than the girls did! And in true German fashion – there was a bier garten to accompany the track, which was perfect on a hot summer day!
I had researched the wine route in the Alsace’s region and we decided to head out after our few days in Strasbourg to tour it and see the beautiful countryside. It’s so amazing and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it even more. It was still hot that day, but onward and forward darn it! We stopped in to see Haute Konigsberg castle way up on the hillside. Again, just breathtaking and spectacular.
We plan on taking my parents through this region in June when they come to visit and I’m excited to see it all again through their eyes and see some areas I may have missed when I was in awe the first time.