I had the opportunity to visit Strasbourg over the free weekend. It is a very beautiful town and houses a very beautiful historical centre – the Grande Île – which was the first city centre to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (Wikipedia, 2012).
One of the attractions of the historical centre is la magnifique Notre-Dame Cathédrale of Strasbourg. There are also many cafés and salon de thé around the cathedral where you can chill during the afternoon. And we did just that – ice cream and limonade on a hot afternoon!
Before we left the hotel room, we found out from the provided travel mag that Strasbourg is well-known for their gingerbread and traditional cookies. We located a few of such speciality shop had ours from Coco LM, located at rue du Dôme. You can either purchase the pre-packed or mix and match your favourite flavours, which they charge by weight.
Besides the main city centre, we made a trip to the very scenic La Petite France, just south of the Grande Île where the Île river winds through half timbered townhouses. It is one of the prettiest sights in France, so far! La Petite France also reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. Could this be the poor provincial town where Belle came from?
While making our way to La Petite France from the main town/shopping area, I came across La Droguerie, a sewer’s/knitter’s heaven! They are well stocked with a variety of Liberty prints (both by metres and fat quarters), accessories parts, yarns, buttons and other notions. I’m not too sure of it is cheaper to get Liberty prints in France but those prints which I fancy were from 20€. Liberty bias tapes are also available at 2€/metre as well!
I spent a while in the store but walked out empty handed. Liberty prints were out of my budget (but now I regret not splurging on just 1 metre), and the notions didn’t catch my eye. After some googling, I found out that La Drouguerie has a few stores across France, including Paris and other major cities. For sewing and knitting fanatics who are planning to visit France or happen to be in France, you may like to check out them out!