A personal welcome for Noel to the Strasbourg Christmas Market!
Visited our largest Christmas market today, in Strasbourg
, just across the border into France - birthplace of Arsene Wenger for those who follow English football! This market is huge, spread out over about 8 sites around the city, all with different themes. It is also Europe's oldest Christmas Market, apparently, having begun in 1570. Now being the weekend, there were people everywhere and it was often quite difficult to look at the stalls as you kept being carried along by the crowd, particularly in the area around the massive cathedral (we didn't even attempt to go in, the queues were so enormous). We wandered all over town and think we saw every market, with everything from food and handicrafts to books and an enormous Christmas tree. There was even a market selling products from Quebec, which was this year's cultural exchange city. We weren't able to take a river cruise as the water was flowing too fast and high after heavy rains, but we could have taken a horse and carriage ride if we'd wished. Strasbourg is a lovely city, and at this time of year there is plenty to see. We tried the local vin chaud and got our souvenir market mug and stopped in a little cafe for coffee and mini kugelhopfs. All in all, a great day and most enjoyable. We walked back to the coach park instead of taking the tram, and slept most of the way back to our hotel, having walked our little feet off today!