Strasbourg - camping, shopping, cycling and beer
Strasbourg will have your phone in hand snapping photos at every corner with its cobbled streets and colourful mix of Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic and Art Nouveau architecture. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the first time this recognition applied not to a single monument but to an entire historic centre of a city.
Having packed so much into our full-week trip the last time it was hard to know where to start, but we settled on mooching around the old town, wandering along the canals and popping into a few shops. We sussed out when happy hour would be at our favourite bar before heading back to camp to shower and change for the evening.
We made plans for our two full days based around the weather. On the Friday, which was due to be overcast, we walked around the old town until midday when Le Grand Shanghai buffet restaurant opened. For £22 we both had all you can eat Chinese food with plenty of choice for Tony who is pescatarian. In the afternoon we followed the canal to Parc de la Citadelle and then along to the Rivetoile shopping centre which we'd seen on our last trip but not ventured into. After a day of walking around Strasbourg we enjoyed some beers in the warm evening sun outside Cleopatra back at the campsite.
After four hours of cycling we'd crossed the Rhine into Germany and entered Kehl where we stopped for lunch. I had currywurst while Tony gobbled a large portion of pommes frites. We'd cycled half of the 85km circuit by now and it was 2pm. We decided to leave the route and head back to Strasbourg's centre. As it was the weekend and happy hour at Les Berthom would not be occurring today, we resolved to visit Leclerc and buy up our own happy hour to be savoured in the sunshine. So back at Rivetoile shopping centre we purchased three 750ml bottles of various Belgian beers, including of course La Chouffe. I also convinced Tony (or maybe he convinced me) to buy the Pull & Bear sweater I'd seen the day before but decided I didn't 'need'.
There is a high turnover of campers at CityKamp Strasbourg. Most people seem to stay a couple of nights. We've now spent a whole week and just a long weekend. Which is best? If you're just looking to see the sights of the town, wander through its parks and along its canals, then you can do that in a couple of days. But there's plenty more on offer if you saddle up and cycle around the many cycle routes out into the countryside. Trains and trams will take you further afield if you're not feeling so energetic too. I know we'll return again and we won't be leaving it four years this time!