We arrived in Strasbourg mid afternoon yesterday and started wandering around town. As with most French towns there is a cathedral. This one is a bit different to many of the others we have visited this trip as it is built in red sandstone and seems to have much finer columns and decorations on it.
This morning we climbed the bell tower which gave us some good views across the surrounding country. We also got to see many gargoyles up close.
After climbing another 300 plus steps we decided it was time to do another canal tour. Strasbourg is on the Rhine River and has a series of canals through the older part of town. We saw many of the old parts of the city with houses and old tanneries dating from as early as 1572.
We spent the afternoon wandering up and down little streets and lanes most of which have pedestrian access only, stopping along the way for lunch and then later for coffee.
Dinner last night was at a restaurant down in a 14th century cellar in a building opposite the cathedral. I have included some photos in an album of this. We decided to try one of the local dishes called Baeckeoffe. This is a casserole style dish that has beef, lamb and pork braised in riesling wine with potatoes, carrots and onions. It is a hearty dish to say the least. We both ordered it and when it arrived we both got a casserole dish with enough food in each one to feed 3 or 4 people. We could easily have shared one serve but am sure that would have been severely frowned upon. Oh, we also got a "petit" salad too - a bowl of salad big enough for 4 or 5 people. We have decided a lighter option for dinner tonight would be best.
Tomorrow we pick up a hire car and continue our journey through Alsace along the wine route of the region before heading into Switzerland later in the week.