While I would have loved to spend more time in Strasbourg, we really were only spending the night there to take advantage of its cheap flights into Nice. After visiting Colmar, we drove back into Germany to drop off the rental car (and avoid those hefty fees for picking up and dropping off in different countries). And to make it even cheaper, I was dropping off the rental car at a city center location, so instead of having to carry all of our bags from the rental car agency to the station, I dropped Cristen off with the stuff and went on my own to return the car. I may have gotten just a little lost and perhaps ended up driving in a pedestrian only area, but no one was injured and I eventually found my way to the rental car agency and walked back to the station just in time to catch the evening train.
Since we didn’t have much time in Strasbourg, we made sure to book a hotel in the center of old town – the Maison Rouge. We basically dropped off our stuff and then went to find some dinner in one of the outdoor cafes near the cathedral.
We had to leave for the airport around 9 in the morning, but we still wanted to see more of Strasbourg. We decided to wake up extra early and go for a morning stroll.
We basically retraced our steps from the night before because we wanted to see the Strasbourg Cathedral in the daylight. It was hard to miss. As per wikipedia, it is the tallest structure build in the Middle Ages that is still standing and for 250 years, it was the world’s tallest building.
It was about time to meet the cab we had arranged to pick us up out front of our hotel, so we started heading back. Unfortunately, we both got turned around in those narrow streets and weren’t quite sure how to get back to our hotel. It was a frantic walk back, but we eventually saw the rounded wall of Maison Rouge just in time.
We made it to the airport with some time to spare, and I have to say that I was really impressed with the airport. Everyone was so nice and they even wrapped my backpack in a big plastic bag to protect it. We relaxed for a bit and caught up in our travel journals until we took off for the Cote d’Azure.