Continuing up the Rhine on our amazing Viking River Cruise along to visit the Christmas Markets. Here are my photos from the day we visited Strasbourg, France. Some were taken during the included walking tour. We stayed in town for lunch and until the last shuttle went back to the ship. Probably my favorite city that we visited.
I just loved how there were decorations over many shop & restaurant doors. Sometimes the whole front of the building was covered in decoration!
The storks are a huge deal in the Alsace (area of France that has gone back and forth between France and Germany and retains characteristics of both beautifully blended into their own culture).
Not Christmassy, but who doesn’t need one of these? My kids would say that I don’t.
Another attempt to annoy my kids…. I think I might need one of these dresses.
Who can pass up a beautiful display of macaroons. Not I!
There are a number of Christmas Markets in Strasbourg (7 if I remember correctly). One of the markets hosts a guest country each year. This year it is Portugal. There are all sorts of cool Portuguese treats and crafts. I picked up some port wine jelly. Hmmmm…
The cathedral in Strasbourg is stunning! This was our first glimpse of it. The red sandstone is really something.
A cute little side of one of the booths in front of the cathedral.
Saw different versions of these funny little guys at a few of the markets.
This was the little bistro where we had am amazing lunch. Straight down one of the side streets on the opposite side of the square in front of the cathedral.
Strasbourg is the French Capital of Christmas and I can see how it got that name & reputation. So fun!
These charming little trains were at many of the markets selling warm nuts, etc.
We didn’t bother to go into many/any chain stores we have at home, but we did enjoy some of the window displays. We thought it was funny to see a few signs advertising “Black Friday” sales.
One of the other theme markets in Strasbourg each year is the charity market. Different booths selling different items to benefit a variety of worthy organizations. This big tree is the centerpiece of that market.
Inside the cathedral was magical. They had the most extensive nativity display I had seen covering events from the Annunciation all the way to the Presentation. I also like that they had en elephant visiting with the Three Magi.
These tapestries are only on display during Advent. They are massive and beautiful and I felt so lucky to see them.
I saw a number of places that had really nice selections of Advent wreaths like this. SO much harder to find in the States.
Hope you enjoyed my tour of Strasbourg at Christmas. It was my favorite stop along the Rhine.