french standards, german portions. well, that’s what the walking tour guide said about alsacian food.
strasbourg had been tapping on my right shoulder. first, this is where anthony bourdain died. i admired him. a lot. he was not afraid to be himself on screen. he was honest, awkward, and compassionate. he was a reader, writer, a feminist, and an introvert. as a reflective introvert, i recognized the subtle moments and in his commentary when he was uncomfortable, conflicted, annoyed, forced, angry, and happy. but this isn’t a total homage to him, and i didn’t visit strasbourg for this sole purpose.
second, i met several people who said go to strasbourg: history, geography, architecture, and food.
third, i’d been to brussels and luxembourg city, the two other cities the european union headquarters are located. might as well go to all three cities that house the EU, right?
strasbourg didn’t disappoint. full of tourists - yes, but its history and culture win over the touristy aspects. to get out of the touristy areas, i rented a velhop bicycle and cycled around strasbourg, to deutschland, aka germany, and along the gorgeous canal de la marne au rhine. so i can now say, “i biked from france to germany!” strasbourg is definitely worth a visit. while you’re there, do the happy free walking tour and eat a flamme keuche, aka, tarte flambée at binchstub broglie at 28 impasse de l'ecrevisse. i had the traditionelle but there are other varieties. you’re welcome.
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