Although we had only arrived in Strasbourg the day before, the accommodation in Strasbourg was some of the priciest of the trip, and so we were only staying for one night. Which meant another morning up early to pack and after a bite for breakfast we were checked out, leaving our bags at the apartments for the day so we could head out and explore Strasbourg a bit more.
We’d spotted boat tours floating about yesterday, so made our way down to the departure point to see if we could book a couple of tickets before we were due to leave. After joining the queue, we opted for the longer tour, Circuit 1, which took us around the city and out past the EU buildings – another attraction for me! Although the boat was fairly crammed, it was a nice way to spend an hour and the commentary was actually really interesting. Headphones were provided, but as I spotted the equivalent of a toupee on mine just before I put them on I decided against it, opting instead for my earphones I luckily had in our backpack.
As we left the boat, I spotted a big white tent with a heavenly smell wafting towards us. Ever ones to be nosy, we popped in to see what was going on. When I’m not travelling, I love to bake. And watching other people bake is probably the same for me as a football fan watching Sky Sports. As we stepped into the huge tent, the first thing that caught my eye was all the baked goods on offer, some of which we hadn’t spotted elsewhere in the city. But further in were some men actually making the baked goods, right in front of us. The bake of the moment was a kugelhopf, and I was captivated. As my boyfriend practically dragged me out of the tent, I was already planning to buy a tin so I could attempt to make one at home. I had just seen the technique after all!
With just a couple of hours left before we had to leave, we wandered back to the cathedral to see if the tower was open. We always try to go up at least one tall building to get the lay of the land and check out the views, but unfortunately it was not to be in Strasbourg – it was still closed due to ‘extraordinary circumstances’. Wondering if it had anything to do with security and the epic amount of police and soldiers wandering about, we had little choice but to peruse the Christmas markets instead, picking up a mini kugelhopf to tide us over until dinnertime.
Before we knew it, we’d picked up our backpacks from the apartment and were making the short walk to the train station. This time we were on our way to Luxembourg, our 4th country in as many days. Ideally we’d have stayed in Strasbourg for two nights, but when accommodation is much cheaper in Luxembourg, it just made sense to catch an evening train and save the money. As we waited in the train station to find out which platform our train was on, a girl started to tinkle the keys on a nearby piano. There’s a similar thing in St Pancras, so we weren’t too shocked to see someone playing a piano in the station. What did shock us was the talent of the girl! A stunning rendition of Hallelujah soon drew a crowd, and it was only when she’d finished and I loudly made it known how good it was that I realised she’d been filming herself. Hopefully she cuts me out of the video…
One of my favourite things about train travel is the views. Unfortunately, travelling in the evening means there aren’t any views to appreciate. At times like these, I fall back on my second favourite thing about train travel – the diversity among the passengers. In the small carriage I was in, there was a wide range of people and…A PUPPY! The journey passed quickly with lots of tiny puppy yawns and adorableness, and before long we were stepping off in Luxembourg, searching for a map to help us get to our hotel.
The area surrounding the train station in Luxembourg isn’t the most delightful at night, and as we took a slight detour – not lost…definitely not lost…ok, maybe a tiny bit lost…- I was starting to think I wasn’t going to like Luxembourg. As always, I should have waited to decide whether Luxembourg was on my yay or nay list, and when we eventually made it to our hotel we were greeted with a lovely, huge and super homely room. After a quick trip to the local supermarket to get some food for dinner and breakfast, we had a lazy evening chilling out in the hotel trying to work out which language they spoke here. Giving up, we ended up watching tv and turning in ready to explore Luxembourg the next day!