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Discovering Au Quai de L’ill, Strasbourg

Where : Au Quai de L’ill restaurant, Strasbourg Our apartment was located 3 minutes walk from this restaurant.  The Google reviews looked good, so we decided to give a try. We definitely like the ambience and the service was quick and friendly.  They recommended the local tarte flambées or Flammekueche, which was really tasty. Our server was also nice enough to help us find a cool local pub.  We planned to visit Au Fût et à Mesure but hesitated we would get our money’s worth.  This is when a local pub started to sound more appealing to us.  It was a really good start to the night ! Our Ratings Serge: 5  Eli:  5 Recommend: Yes !

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Discovering Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg

Where : Ponts Couverts,  Strasbourg, France One of the main points to visit in Strasbourg is the Petite France historic centre. The paths will lead you to one of the most beautiful points of the city called “The Ponts Couverts”.  According to Wikipedia, the bridges erected in the 13th century on the River III.  They are essentially, sets of three bridges and four towers that make up a defensive work. The towers, river, nature and historical buildings gives the impression of a magical Fairy Tale.  If you go to the Barrage Vauban you will get a panoramic view that you will never forget. Strasbourg has charm and the Ponts Couverts will heighten that sense.  We thought it was one of the

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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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The Petit Trianon in Versailles
France

Discovering the Petit Trianon in Versailles

The Petit Trianon in Versailles Pleasantly surprised We came for the Versailles Palace, and returned raving about the Petit Trianon!  Since the lineup at the Palace was unbearable, we started sightseeing the Versailles Garden and Petit Trianon. About the Petit Trianon According to Wikipedia, the Petit Trianon was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel from the order of Louis XV for his long-term mistress Madame de Pompadour. Furthermore, the luxurious decorations also attracted Marie Antoinette. She was going to escape the formality of the court life and to shake off the burden of her royal responsibilities. Here’s our recommendation for your pre-booking 👇🏻   The Petit Trianon also has its own small garden demonstrating really nice views inside and out.  Above all, we appreciated

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