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Discovering St-Beatus Caves, Interlaken

Where : St-Beatus Caves, Interlaken We visited Interlaken in Spring 2017. We’re not sure what the weather’s like in Switzerland during the spring, so we were shocked to see it snowing. Our first day in Interlaken was great, but the next day was snowing and cold. With that, we took advantage of the bad weather and visited the St. Beatus Caves.  This was our first cave discovery in Europe. It was a little challenging coordinating the way to St. Beatus since that part of Interlaken is German speaking.  We also fell on a very non-sympathetic bus driver that either didn’t like English speaking people, tourists or both.  Anyway, once on the bus we saw other tourists and felt we were

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Discovering Brauistübli, Interlaken

Where : Restaurant Brauistübli, Interlaken, Switzerland After visiting Harder Kulm we went back to our hotel.  The reception suggested to have dinner at Restaurant Brauistübli, a local restaurant just a 3 minutes walk away. The restaurant was really simple, resembled a kind of a Swiss cottage.  The decoration was fun, lots of wood everywhere, witch figurines and some Easter bunnies on the tables.  That was probably since Easter had just passed.  Overall, it was exactly what we wanted.  An authentic and local Swiss restaurant for a delicious cheese fondue outside from the tourist crowd. The portion was delicious and just right for two people. We tried some Swiss wine, apparently one of the best European wines but made only for

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Discovering Harder Kulm, Interlaken

Where : Harder Kulm, Interlaken, Switzerland Harder Kulm was our first discovery in Interlaken. We arrived in Interlaken with lots of daylight left.  So, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and chatted with the reception staff.  We asked about places to visit and the man suggested Harder Kulm.   Interlaken felt a little disorienting, but he gave us directions by bus and it was quite easy from there. We could see the Harder Kulm mountains and lots of paragliders from the bus stop.  Luckily, it was a nice sunny afternoon !  Check out the pics below. Arriving at Harder Kulm, we needed to get Funicular tickets to go up, which cost us around $60 Canadian.  For starters, Switzerland

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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 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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