Friday, May 22, 2015

European Vacation - Strasbourg, France

Avalon Felicity
Cruising on a river is quite different than on large cruise ships. Avalon's Felicity hosts around 130 passengers, making for a much more intimate group of travelers. And unlike large cruise ships, river boats don't offer much in the way of entertainment. Think of the boat as a floating hotel, with the entertainment being on shore. But some of us consider food to be a great source of entertainment, and we were treated to an array of European fare reflecting the cuisine of each city visited. We were never bored. 

Petite France
Our first excursion was a boat ride through the canals of Strasbourg, France (the heart of Alsace Wine Country). We loved the winding canals and streets flanked by the half-timbered houses and shops of Petite France. 

Joel is front of the Strasbourg Cathedral

After the canal ride, we did a walking tour which included the Strasbourg Cathedral. The cathedral is the sixth tallest church in the world at 466 feet and is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. One of the more interesting features is the astronomical clock housed at the rear of the cathedral.

Joel and I opted to do more exploring and shopping in Strasbourg in the afternoon, while Darren and Debbie visiting an area vineyard and village.

As the day ended, we set sail for our next port - Speyer, Germany. 

Astronomical Clock

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