What I like most about France in general is the country is so big that going from one corner of it to another gives you a totally different ambiance and scenery. No cities will look alike, well at least during this trip that I did. Strasbourg is a city in the north-eastern part of France and is very close to Germany. Whenever I tell someone that I’m going to Strasbourg, the first question they always ask is why I’m going there? I only have one answer to that and that is to see La Petite France.
La Petite France is an area in Strasbourg located on the Grande Ile, very famous for the well-preserved medieval half-timbered houses lining up the canals and the main river itself. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When I was doing my research for this trip, I was torn between Colmar and Strasbourg – at some point, I even considered visiting both cities but decided against it. I ended up visiting the latter by flipping a coin, I kid you not. Tails for Colmar and head for Strasbourg. Great way to plan a trip, yes? 🙂
As soon as I dropped of my luggage at the lovely Kleber Hotel, I didn’t waste any more time and went straight away to La Petite France. I was walking so fast that I tripped more than twice as I managed my way thru the small cobble-stoned streets of Strasbourg. Signs going there are abundant so it wasn’t so hard to find it. It was about 23 degrees celsius at the time and I was still wearing my boots and long-sleeve shirts since I came straight from Paris where it was freezing but I didn’t mind the heat, specially when I saw this in front of me:
The downside of traveling alone is you have noone to talk to whenever you’re feeling high by whatever is stimulating your senses. When I saw that, I kept mumbling to myself how pretty La Petite France is. I bet I looked insane to people around me talking to myself like that but I don’t care! The place is so pretty and I need to say it out loud even to myself just to establish the truth out of that statement. I’ve had one of those surreal moments when I was in La Petite France, that I couldn’t believe that I was actually there.
To me, La Petite France looks like a village from Beauty and the Beast. I had to refrain myself from singing the Little Town from the same Disney movie. LOL
It’s very picturesque, truly a postcard city. No matter what camera you have, the place will always look great in a photo and much more in reality.
At the end of the river is a small park, a very small one. I learned from one local that the day I arrived was the first day that they had a perfect sunny weather which explains the number of people in the park. Locals and tourists alike were ecstatic to enjoy the sun.
La Petite France is a very small village and a day tour is probably enough for you to enjoy the entirety of this place. No matter how small it is, this quaint little village is still a must-see.
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