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Month: June 2018

Discovering Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg

Where : Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg, France If you plan to visit Strasbourg, add “Barrage Vauban” to your must discovers! The Barrage Vauban or Vauban Dam is a bridge from the 17th century on the River III.  From this point, you can see a great panoramic view of Strasbourg, including the Petite France and the river.  We recommend a boat ride and most importantly exploring the grounds.  The rooftop is accessible and offers yet another panoramic view of Strasbourg's Petite France, part of the Ponts Couverts and river.  This unique setting will make you feel like you travelled back in time. According to Wikipedia, the barrage has 13 arches and is 120 metres (390ft) in length.  It’s classified as a historical

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Discovering Batorama, Strasbourg

Where : Batorama, Strasbourg, France We arrived in Strasbourg mid-afternoon and by this time the boat tour was full for the day.  As a result, we pre-purchased the tickets for the following morning. It was cloudy and partially raining the next day, so the glass covered boat was the perfect way to tour the city. The tickets for “Batorama Bateaux Promenades" were roughly $ 18.37cad per person (13 euros p/person). Our impression is that, it was really worth our time and money since we were leaving the following day.  The boat ride allowed us to see the main points, for example the “Old town” and the modern side of the city, located on the opposite side of the small city.

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Discovering Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, Strasbourg

Where : Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg),  Strasbourg, France Once settled in Strasbourg, we immediately left our apartment to visit the city.  This is when we tried to get the Batorama boat tour but it was full for the remainder of the day.  As we recall, the ticket booth is relatively close to the Notre-Dame Cathedral which became our first tourist attraction.  It had just started to rain, so this was the perfect shelter. The Church immediately captures many people's attention with its rich details and splendid façade in a kind of gothic or medieval style. We recall it was free to enter but there was a 5 euro fee for those who wanted to get panoramic view from the

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Discovering Versailles Palace
France

Discovering Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles Logistics about the Gardens The gardens have a separate entrance from the Palace.  (Here is our Versailles Palace review.)  We went on a busy day and to avoid waiting in line, it was suggested to start visiting the gardens first and the Palace later.  We are appreciative of this indication, because their suggestion helped us maximize our time.  The garden queue was a little messy to enter but was cut by half compared to the Palace queue.  Thus, we could immediately access the gardens. Focus everywhere Upon entering the garden you might find it difficult to focus on one unique spot.  Everything around is so beautiful, amazing landscapes in the classic French Garden style, beautiful sculptures, secret gardens.

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Discovering Versailles Palace
France

Discovering Versailles Palace

Palace of Versailles - France According to Wikipedia, the palace was built in the 11th century.  It was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France. Getting to Versailles Versailles is easily accessed by train, especially from main cities like Paris.  Once at the train station, budget for a 10 minutes walk to the main Palace entrance. Lots to discover We thought we were heading to Versailles to visit a Palace.  However, Versailles not only has a beautiful Palace with really impressive decorations, there's also a Garden and the Petit Trianon to discover.  Versailles demonstrates the dominance of French luxury style. The Versailles Garden is one of the nicest we found in France.  You can follow the main

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