Puerto Rico: Beaches and Rainforest

My primary reason for being in Puerto Rico was to write. I need to emphasize that my current traveling is not for vacation purposes. I’m traveling to have new and stimulating places to write from – the traveling makes my writing more inspiring and interesting.

I picked Puerto Rico based on the cheap airfare. This turned out to be a mistake because this is not a cost effective place to travel to, Puerto Rico is a beautiful island, but also quite expensive. It is however, convenient, the currency is U.S. dollars, and while Spanish is the main language, most people speak English. I also rented a car which made exploring that much easier.

Old San Juan

I spent three days in Old San Juan. The highlight was touring Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Lying on the northwestern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The fortification, also referred to as el Morro or ‘the promontory,’ was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies. (Wikipedia)

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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Had I not been busy writing, three days would have been too long in Old San Juan. There isn’t that much to do, but I enjoyed walking around during my writing breaks.

The Mountains

From Old San Juan, I spent a week in the mountains where it unfortunately rained all week. Had it not rained so much, I really think I would have been able to enjoy a few wonderful hikes. On one cloudy but dry afternoon, while the power was out, I took a walk on the road and enjoyed the scenery.

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Making my way in, out, and through central Puerto Rico (mountainous area) during my stay was a pleasure. The lush green Rainforest landscape provided fabulous views. It’s easy to drive for a few hours when surrounded by beauty – even through constant twists and turns.

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Camuy River Cave Park

In between my time in the mountains and the beach I visited the Camuy River Cave Park – Parque Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. This cave is the third largest underground cave system in the world and the Rio Camuy runs through it. The tour takes an hour, and the Cave is a marvel that took 11 million years to create. It’s one of those places that pictures can’t do justice. I left in awe of nature’s power and wonder.

Camuy River Cave Park Camuy El Rio

The Beaches

I visited many beaches in Puerto Rico, and clearly, beaches are the top reason to go to Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, my planned trip to Vieques didn’t pan out. Vieques and Culebra are two islands to the East of Puerto Rico – had I been better educated about them, I would have planned to spend a few days on one of the islands. You can rent a hotel and a car on either islands.  Apparently, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are on those islands.

The trick to getting there is by taking a ferry from Fajardo, but you have to get there a few hours before the departure of the ferry to get on. The ferry only runs a few times a day. It’s cheap to take the ferry and there are other ways to get to the islands that are more reliable, but also more expensive.

I showed up two hours before the ferry left, but didn’t make it on. I was totally bummed out. I was looking forward to touring the island on bike and enjoying some time on the beach. This was the day before my last day, so I missed out. Again, had I known better, I would have spent a few days there – biking, kayaking and snorkeling.

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Fajardo is also where bio bay is located. You can go on a night kayak trip through bio bay and learn about the Pyrodinium Bahamense, a microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. It looks like glow in the dark water.

This was something else I really wanted to do, unfortunately, I was there during a full moon, and was told not to bother because it was too bright out.

Thankfully, I spent 6 nights staying at a beach house, so I got to spend quality time enjoying the ocean. The water was a perfect temperature. I even tried paddle boarding for the first time. The water was entirely too choppy to stand-up, so it was more like knee paddle boarding. I did stand-up at one point, holding on to to paddle, in an attempt to ride the waves back-in to shore. I did this a few times, it was a lot of fun, until I wiped out and lost my Oakleys.

Ann Bernard on Beach

Rainforest

After missing the ferry, I made the best of the day and headed to the El Yunque National Forest. Getting to the Park was easy, but once it the park, the lack of signs made it confusing. In a nutshell, if you go, keep driving up until you get to the “recreational area”. You’ll know you’re there when you see a large parking lot. Get there early, before 10am, or you’ll have a hard time finding parking and the waterfall will be overcrowded.

On my little hike to the top of El Yunque
On my little hike to the top of El Yunque

The “hike” – it’s really a walk, to the waterfall is easy. People do the walk in flimsy flip-flops but I recommend you at least have sneakers. The walk to the top of the El Yunque Mountain is a few miles and I also did it in sneakers. Hiking boots are not required. The path is well cleared.

I was happy to be “hiking”. Any time I’m on a trail going uphill, I’m happy. The view at the top would have been a lot more incredible had it not been raining.

Top of El Yunque Mountain
Top of El Yunque Mountain

A stop in the rainforest is a good day trip. If interested, there are tours so you can learn more about the vegetation and wildlife.

Overall

I had a couple incidents that were unpleasant and found Puerto Rico expensive, but I also met some nice people, enjoyed my time on the beach, and got my second book written.  If you don’t like finding yourself in completely foreign lands, you want quality beach time and have money to spare – then Puerto Rico is the place for you.

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Montenegro: Beach Town and Scenic Heaven

First let me say, as you read this post, please understand this tour was all kinds of wrong for me.

I’m simply NOT a passive consumer/observer of beautiful scenery. I have to be an active participant to enjoy myself, so choosing a mini-van tour of Montenegro was from the start a bad idea.  Add on top of that an inexperience guide, and less than exciting fellow travelers…and you’ve got a yawn fest.

Budva, Montenegro from a distance
Budva, Montenegro from a distance

The day started early. I was picked up at 7:30 am. Luckily (that’s to say God was looking out for me), I was the last person picked-up, and I got to sit in the front. Since it doesn’t take much for me to get car sick; I was very grateful it worked out that way.

Turned out the driver was also the tour guide, and while eager to please, it didn’t take long to realize he was not a very experienced guide. I later found out during one of our chats that he’d only been on the job for two weeks.

Once we crossed the border into Montenegro, we stopped at a gas station and found out we needed to wait for another van to join us. The other van, unlike ours, had a driver and separate guide on it. The drive to the first stop completely lacked any worthwhile scenery; it was boring and most of the other passengers were asleep.

The Montenegro flag flying at the citadel in Old Town Budva
The Montenegro flag flying at the citadel in Old Town Budva

The first stop was Budva. Montenegro’s Jersey shore.

It was a beach town…a few century old beach town with an Old Town…but a beach town none the less. We had two hours to kill there which felt like forever. As I walked around, I had flash back to my time at various beach towns like Dewey and Hampton Beach. Places where there’s not much to do except get up late from a night of partying to spend a few hours at the beach, eat, walk the boardwalk a little, and then get ready to go out again to dance and drink.

One of Budva Beaches with the Old Town in the distance
One of Budva Beaches with the Old Town in the distance

The Old Town was small. Pretty, but small, and mostly filled with restaurants and shops.

I spent about an hour there. I’m not one for shopping or spending a whole lot of time sitting alone at a restaurant. In the end, I walked along the beach and “boardwalk” like area behind the beach with all the souvenirs, beach wear, and arcades reminiscing about the fun times I’ve had in similar places while trying to stay awake.

Street in Old Town Budva lined with shops and restaurants
Street in Old Town Budva lined with shops and restaurants

Once back in the van, our departure was delayed by a missing passenger from the other van. In the end, our driver decided to leave and so we were on our way to Kotor.

Panoramic View of Kotor from half way up the city wall
Panoramic View of Kotor from half way up the city wall

We were met in Kotor by a different tour guide, an experience tour guide.  That made a world of difference.

She provided additional information about Montenegro, and Kotor. I enjoyed her tour. I was however disappointed we only had an hour left after her tour…this meant there wasn’t enough time to make it all the way up the city walls which stretch for 4.5 km (3 mi) directly above the city. I made it half way…and might had gone all the way, had I been wearing the right footwear and risked being a little late getting back.

Street in Old Town Kotor, Montenegro
Street in Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

We left Kotor and made our way to Perast. The drive from Kotor to Perast offered some beautiful views across Kotor Bay to the mountains on the other side. Perast was the highlight of the trip. Some people elected to get on a boat over to Our Lady of the Rocks. An artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks is the largest building on the island. I chose to walk around and take pictures…the place was so pretty and picturesque. We were there only for a short time – 45 minutes.

Two Islets in Perast at a distance to include Our Lady of Rocks
Two Islets in Perast at a distance to include Our Lady of Rocks

The drive back to Dubrovnik was much more scenic and enjoyable.

I would have been better off white water rafting the Tara River…but I wouldn’t have the gorgeous pictures I was able to take today.

How About You?

Have you ever traveled to Montenegro?  If so, what was your favorite place to visit?  Did you  have an experienced tour guide? Feel free to comment below or contact Ann’s Adventure Tour Writer and Blogger here.

Dubrovnik: Old Town and Sea Kayaking

I landed in my 31st country at 2:10 pm on June 16th.

I’m indeed keeping a closer country count now, I decided I want to get 40 countries under my belt by 40 (2+ years to get it done) and 50 by 50. The country was Croatia and the city, Dubrovnik. I had this trip planned for months and while I’ll be spending most of my summer in the mountains, I wanted to kick things off by the ocean. The last time I spent time by the sea was last September, in Crete. Which speaking of, it’s exactly what the landscape reminded me of as my driver was taking me to my hotel. The sense of déjà vu rapidly faded once I made my way to the Old City!

I stayed at the Palace Hotel, nestled into the sea side landscape, my room had a fabulous ocean view where I witnessed a few gorgeous sunsets. It was however, nowhere near the Old City. That required getting on the local bus (line 4) and taking a 10-15 minute ride. The bus ran every 15 minutes, so it wasn’t so bad.

Old City (Town) Dubrovnik

It’s no wonder Dubrovnik is one on UNESCO World Heritage list…it’s a unique jewel, a well-kept medieval city of beige rocks and red tile roofs. I’d seen pictures of Dubrovnik on Twitter and Instagram, so I thought I knew what to expect when I walked into the city wall…boy was I wrong. The smoothness of the stone streets, and the cleanliness of the stone buildings and walls made for quite an initial impression. I’ve been in other fortified medieval cities around Europe, and while all different from each other, they all had similarities, which is what I was expecting.  Happily though, I did not get that impression when entering Dubrovnik.

Stradun Street Dubvronik
Stradun Street Dubvronik

Dubronik Street

The main street (called Stradun) was crowded, but I followed it to the end.  Then I began wondering along less crowded side streets. I didn’t really know what I was looking for…I was just doing some exploring. The Old Town is still inhabited by locals, so as I explored, I wondered what life must be like living here now? I wondered what life must have been like centuries ago? Eventually, I realized while it was great to view the city this way, the real way to take a tour was up on the city wall. The city wall runs an uninterrupted course of approximately 1,940 metres (6,360 ft) in length, encircling most of the old city, and reaches a maximum height of about 25 metres (82 ft).

Dubronik view from City Wall

The entrance of the city wall was included in the Dubrovnik City card I purchased for ease of access to the public transportation. A good climb up a set of stairs and there it was…a bird’s eye view of the city. I took my time making my way around and admiring the views over the city and across the Adriatic ocean to the neighboring islands. Luckily, it wasn’t too crowded.

Dubronik Old Town SteepleThe word from the locals is that in July and August when the cruise ships dock into the city, this is not a place you want to be. It’s not considered to be the tourist season yet…although trust me, there were still plenty of people milling about.

Once I ended my tour of the city wall, it was time for dinner. I can’t say I picked the right restaurant. I has sea bass but it was nothing to write about. After dinner, I walked about for a little while longer then headed back to the hotel, arriving just in time to watch the sunset over the ocean.

Sunset Dubrovnik
Sunset Dubrovnik

Sea Kayaking

The way I’ve been living my life the last 18 months, it’s probably hard to believe I’d never sea kayaked before (or ever kayaked at all) but it’s true. It’s one of the things I came to Dubrovnik to do, so I was pretty bummed out in the morning when it started raining and thundering. I didn’t lose hope mind you, I prayed for the sun to come out; I knew for this to be the best experience it could be, it needed to be sunny.

Dubrovnik wall view from the ocean while kayaking
Dubrovnik wall view from the ocean while kayaking

It stopped raining before leaving the hotel, and the sky was clearing up…by the time I made my way to the pier where the kayaking adventure was to begin; the sun was shining. The sun shining was a blessing, but in the end, so was the morning rain. A lot of people cancelled because of the rain, so it was only me and another couple from Ireland in the group. I got my own kayak.

We stopped in this cave for a sandwich and a swim
We stopped in this cave for a sandwich and a swim

Being it was my first time, I struggled a little at first. My strokes were not getting me the momentum I expected, and the steering was proving challenging. Additionally, while I remembered to take my GoPro with me, I forgot the dang simcard (again) so I missed the chance to take some incredible pictures. My phone was in the barrel strapped to the rear of the kayak where my other belongings were also stored to keep them dry. It was a rough start, but a good start none the less. Love new experiences.

Turned into a gorgeous afternoon.
Turned into a gorgeous afternoon.

We circled around Lokrum island, passing a nature made cave and a nudist beach. We made a stop into another less shallow cave, where the guide handed us some sandwiches and snorkel gear. I chose to just swim around, climb some rocks and find out if I could still dive (which I can). The water is insanely clear and absolutely refreshing. Our guide mentioned how lucky we were to be the only ones here…usually on a day like this, the place is crawling with other kayakers. Thankfully, the morning thunderstorm deterred a lot of people.

We kayaked all the way around Lokrum Island
We kayaked all the way around Lokrum Island

Unfortunately, the time eventually came to head back. By then, I had a handle on the kayaking thing and was able to keep up with the guide. We kayaked around 7.5km and spent a good 2.5 hours at sea…enough for me to get a sun burned! It was an amazing afternoon.

How About You?

Have you ever traveled to Dubrovnik?  If so, what was your favorite place to visit?  Have you ever kayaked on the sea? Feel free to comment below or contact Ann’s Adventure Tour Writer and Blogger here.

 

Koblenz: 98 KM to Mainz

It’s my last summer in Europe

I will be sad to leave this amazing place.  At the end of my time in Europe I don’t want to look back with regrets.  So for the foreseeable future, I am going to travel and not waste any weekends or opportunities to see different places and have new adventures. This probably means I’m going to have an exhausting summer, but I feel it’s totally worth it!  This is a once in a lifetime summer. I didn’t get to enjoy or take advantage of my summer last year, so I have to make up for lost time and make memories to last me a lifetime.

Biking the Rhein River

I kicked off my weekend summer gateway with a bike trip along the Rhein River. I don’t recall how I got turned on to biking on the Rhein, but for the last few weeks, I’ve been looking into it. The incredible quantity of castles I heard bordered the river banks and could be seen along the Koblenz to Mainz stretch of the Rhein, made it easy to pick which route to bike. I spoke about my plans with a co-worker, who biked along the Rhein before, and he recommended I stay in Koblenz. Originally, I’d planned on staying in Mainz.

Castle Alley Rhine River

Not entirely sure it matters which city you stay in since I recommend sightseeing both, but I’m glad I stayed in Koblenz.  Koblenz is a wonderful city with lots to see. I will note that if you bike from Mainz to Koblenz vice the other way around; you’ll be biking up river. The entire way is mostly flat, so that doesn’t make that much of a different…except the views might be slightly better coming up river than down.

Castle Island Rhine River

I biked down river, from Koblenz to Mainz.

The original plan was to bike along the Rhein river to Loreley point. Made famous based on a German legend that there was once a beautiful young maiden, named Loreley, who threw herself headlong into the river in despair over a faithless lover. Upon her death she was transformed into a siren and could from that time on be heard singing on a rock along the Rhine River, near St. Goar. Her hypnotic music lured sailors to their death. The legend is based on an echoing rock with that name near Sankt Goarshausen, Germany.

Loreley Point Rhine River

I made it to Loreley before 11am…way too early to turn around, and I didn’t feel I’d seen enough just yet. I noticed trains going by on regular intervals, and figured it probably would be pretty easy to jump on a train and make my way back to Koblenz from wherever I ended up down river. Onward down river I went and I’m very glad I did.

In the end, I biked over 100km and made it to Mainz with a stop in Bingen for lunch.

Castle on Rhine River

From Koblenz to Bingen, the majority of the bike path is paved; it runs parallel to the river, the road and the train tracks. You’re surrounded by boats, trains, cars, motorcycles and other cyclists. It wasn’t super crowded but it’s also not an isolated path. The morning was overcast, but later in the after the sun was shining, which made me glad that from Bingen to Mainz; I found myself in some wooded areas and dirt trails.

Castle top hill Rhine River

As promised, from Koblenz to Bingen, there are castles to be seen on both sides of the river every few minutes. I’ve never seen so many castles in that short a span of distance. You can stop and visit most of the castles…but it will take you off the river path to do so.

A Morning in Koblenz

I was being very ambitious thinking I would be up for some sightseeing the evening after my bike ride.  However, ater a hot shower, I found myself exhausted so I crashed in bed for the night.

An early night allowed me to have an early morning and squeeze in some sightseeing before having to check-out.  After breakfast, I jumped on my bike to go tour Koblenz. I followed the Moselle river from behind the hotel to where it merges with the Rhine river, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are located.

Deutsches Eck

I biked around the old town and then made my way back to the pier to take the Koblenz cable car across the Rhine river to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. It had to be quick tour, but I enjoyed my walk around the fortress. I came across a really neat rooftop garden.

Koblenz Fortress Courtyard

Koblenz Fortress Rooftop Garden

The view looking out over the rivers to Deutsches Eck was fabulous and once again reminded me how blessed I am to be able to travel, explore and experience all these incredible places!

View of Deutsches Eck

How About You?

Have you ever visited Koblenz?  Feel free to comment below or contact Ann’s Adventure Writer and Blogger here.

Liechtenstein: Memorial Weekend Hiking

As part of my outdoor adventures, I decided to go hike the Alps in Liechtenstein over Memorial Weekend. Liechtenstein is a tiny country between Austria and Switzerland, and a short drive away from Stuttgart. The 48 km Panorama Trail sounded like a perfect route I could break into three days of hiking, ending each night in Vaduz, the small capital city of Liechtenstein.

Vaduz Castle
Vaduz Castle

A friend and co-worker asked to tag along, and while as you know, I’m not a fan of traveling with others, I went along with it. I think it turned out to be a good thing he went.

First Day

I woke-up to a cool, overcast day. I joined Don for breakfast where we discussed our hiking route for the day. He wanted to stay local. That wasn’t what I’d planned, but because it threatened to rain, I went along with it. We left the hotel and headed into the town center. The town center is small, but also quite interesting because there are pieces of art everywhere.

We found the route we were looking for and started hiking up the mountain. We hiked for almost two hours…and eventually found ourselves in thick fog and snow. The snow was unexpected. The majority of the hike back down was on the road, which sucked. Hiking on pavement is hard on the body.

Ruins early on the hike on day 1
Ruins early on the hike on day 1

I was starving by the time we made it back to town. We stopped at a pizzeria for some pizza before making our way back to the hotel. We were done hiking for the day.

Second Day

On the second day, I wanted to make sure we got back to the original plan and headed up to find the Panorama Trail, aka route 66. We drove to Malbun, where the start of the trail is located but when we arrived, my heart sank. Things weren’t looking good…there was snow everywhere on the ground, and the lift to the start of the trail was closed. Everything I’d read about trail said it was opened from May – September.

Hike Overlooking Malbun Day 2

Additionally, it was actually proving hard to find signs leading to the trail. Luckily, as we were leaving, I finally saw a sign and decided to pursue it. We got out of the car and started hiking. The hike brought us up towards the top of the lift, and eventually along to a trail that was hard to make out…since it was covered in snow. We followed the thin, snowy trail for awhile, the snow was up to our shins until we got to a clearing with a sign for Route 66 pointing down where we can from, and farther up. The visibility was crappy, but I wanted to keep going. A few steps later, the snow was up to our knees, and Don recommended it was best to turn around.

Hike Day 2

I didn’t want to, but I knew it would be dangerous to keep going. I was really bummed out.

We made our way back down, it was lunch time. We grabbed some lunch in a small bakery in the town of Malbun before driving back to Vaduz.

We made the best of the afternoon by visiting the National Museum, which was actually quite interesting, with well organized exhibitions. I was impressed of the quality of the museums, considering the size of the town. It covered the history of Liechtenstein, along with many other basic historical events.

After the museum, we went to the Tamina Therme in Switzerland. The sauna and thermal pools were much needed to help loosen up my tight muscles. It was not at all a good idea to do a leg workout the day before a three day hiking trip.

I slept quite well that night.

Third Day

Don left after breakfast. I hung out in my room for a couple of hours before going out for my final day of hiking. I was really hoping the sun would finally come out…it didn’t. I drove to Steg, where I knew another leg of the Panorama trail passed through. Once there, I followed the sign for route 66, until the trail started leading back down a mountain. I didn’t want to go down, so I followed the signs for another trail that was going up. I was pretty determined to make it to the peak of a mountain. It got a little tricky but I did in the end, make it to a peak!

Moutain Peak

Hiking Trail
The trail was sometimes hard to see…it was about the white and red signs

I came back down, with plenty of energy left in me, so I started tackling another mountain. I hiked up for a solid hour, until I got into snow again. A part of me wanted to keep going, but I knew it was once again best to turn around. I came across a small hiking hunt, which was pretty neat.

Hiking Hunt

Inside Hiking Cabin

Turnstile on Trail 2
Passed through quite a few turnstile, was surprise to see them along the trail.

Back down I went. I got back to the hotel, showered, and had time for nap before going out to dinner. After dinner, I took a little more time checking out the art in the town center and then headed over to the wooded bridge that wasn’t far from the hotel and crossed on over to Switzerland.

Liechtenstein View to Switzerland

Art Nails Vaduz Center

Art Vaduz Center 2

Art Vaduz Center

The trip didn’t turn out the way I’d imagined it, I really wish the weather would have better cooperated because I know there were incredible views to be seen, but in the end, I enjoyed the hiking. I recommend going there to hike, just wait later into the summer!

Strasbourg France: Dual Identities

My first time to Strasbourg was in December of 2013, for the Christmas Market. While disappointed in the quality of the products being sold at the Market, I absolutely loved walking around Strasbourg. I knew I wanted to come back in the springtime to see more of what the city had to offer.

So a year and some months later, when I was left with having to change my plans because of sore ribs, from my mountain biking nose dive, I decided it was a perfect time to go ahead and make that trip.

Strasbourg, France is only 1.5 hour from Stuttgart, so this day trip even afforded me the opportunity to train chest and have a run before heading out.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day…only in the mid-50s but the sun was shining high in the sky.

Take a boat ride along the III River
Take a boat ride along the III River

Strasbourg is another European city filled with an incredible history and location.

Located on the France and German border the III River runs through it, surrounding the city center.

Strasbourg is a city of dual identities; all through the city you can find both the French and German influences. Strasbourg has been a free republic, and has fallen under German and French rule. The architecture to me is very German; most street names are still listed both in French and German.

However, the culture is clearly French.

French is spoken, French foods dominate the restaurants, drivers don’t automatically stop at cross walks, college students crowded the public spaces with music and booze, and overly public display of affection is…well, displayed.

Petite France Strasbourg through trees

There is a lot to see in Strasbourg, but you don’t really need more than a full day or weekend to get to take full advantage of the city. I spent about 5 hours mostly walking around, but there are many museums and churches to visit and plenty of shopping to be done.

I would also recommend you make sure to take the time to enjoy a wonderful French meal, and at least one glass of wine.

You can take Segway city tours, boat tour on the river and rent bicycles to get around. I chose to walk.

View of La Petite France in Strasbourg from Barrage Vauban
View of La Petite France in Strasbourg from Barrage Vauban

My first stop was to walk over to La Petite Paris…a section of the city I hadn’t visited back when there for the Christmas Market.

The Barrage Vauban is where the III River enters the city. From the Barrage Vauban you get a great view of La Petite Paris and a look at the Strasbourg Cathedral tower in the distance. After walking around La Petite Paris…which quite frankly, I didn’t get the name being that it reminded me nothing of Paris, but rather a lot more of a German village, I headed into the City Center towards the Strasbourg Cathedral.

Barrage Vauban Strasbourg
Barrage Vauban Strasbourg

The Gothic Cathedral dominates the city center and it’s free to visit the inside. You can also choose to walk up 333 stairs and get an “aerial” view of the city. Unfortunately, I was too hungry at the time to wait in line, so I started to look for a place to eat instead.

Strasbourg Cathedral
Strasbourg Cathedral

After eating a flambée, I headed to Palais du Rhin.

The park was filled with students and people talking, reading and enjoying the beautiful weather. Surrounding the Palais Rhin are multiple other important buildings to include: National and University Library of Strasbourg, National Theatre of Strasbourg, Préfecture de la région Alsace, préfecture du Bas-Rhin.

Palais du Rhin
Palais du Rhin
Theatre National de Strasbourg
Theatre National de Strasbourg

From there, I walked along the river to make my way back towards where I’d parked. Again, I ran into a lot of locals, simply laying out by the river enjoying the day. The houses/architecture along the river and the many bridges is very picturesque.

Strasbourg People Along River

It was all and all a great afternoon, and I was correct in thinking I would enjoy Strasbourg in the springtime!

Strasbourg Along River

 

How About You? Have you visited Strasbourg?  Do you see the French and German influence? Feel free to comment below or contact Ann’s Adventure Tour Travel Writer and Blogger here.