Sabbatical in Strasbourg, France
Photographer: Kari and Caleb
Route: Petite France & The River, Strasbourg, France
I got these photos taken to celebrate the start of my sabbatical year in Strasbourg, France. I came to learn French and try to build a French life, but previously I had only been to Paris and knew I didn’t want to stay there. After some travels, mostly to the south, I found my way to Strasbourg and knew it was the place for me. I love its German influences (half-timbered buildings and pretzels, for example). The photographers, Kari and Caleb, gave me some tips on what to eat and places to go. People here are very friendly and open to talk with. I enjoy spending my days wandering its streets and then taking a break at a cafe or brasserie.
Walking the neighbourhood of La Petite France (where most of my photos were taken), visiting la grande cathédrale, and riding the tourist boats that circle the downtown are three popular tourist activities in Strasbourg for a reason! In December, the whole downtown island is transformed into one large Christmas market that is exceptional. My favourite cafes for solo time are Manolya (comfy chairs) and the Paul bakery chain (delicious snacks), and my favourite to go with friends is Algorythme, a board game cafe. A favourite bar is Le Garde Fou, where there’s a pétanque terrain in the basement.