Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas Markets: Strasbourg, Kaysersberg and Coleman France

Just because I was in France for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean I didn’t get to celebrate it!
We had a big Wake Forest dinner in Dijon at a nice restaurant. We were served turkey and all the normal Thanksgiving fixings. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the same as Thanksgiving at home. It was actually the least amount of food I have ever eaten on Thanksgiving. It was sad not being home in the states for our annual turkey feast. I really miss my family, but especially on Thanksgiving. I had to go to class, but I was able to watch a bit of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade via live-stream.

The next morning, we went on our last excursion with our Wake Forest Dijon group to Strasbourg, France.
A very nice but bitter sweet end to our voyages in France.




We arrived Friday afternoon and immediately went on a boat tour through the canals. We learned a bit about the history of the city and how it was disputed between Germany and France during the Second World War.
The main reason that we visited Strasbourg was for the Christmas markets! It is the “capital de noel”!
The Christmas markets were beautiful and really put me and my friends in the Christmas spirit!
We bought some ornaments and other little decorations to bring home to the states!

We had a very Alsace-ian dinner at Gurtlerhoft, with sauerkraut and sausages galore!
It was a delicious dinner that we finished off the night with a little singing at a karaoke bar.
After all my years of theater, I sure did put on a show for everyone, and it felt so good to be performing again!
















The next morning, we had a guided tour of the cathedral, and then continued to explore the Christmas markets all day.









We drank hot cider, hot wine and tried not to freeze.
Each little booth or chalet was selling different things: food, wine, soap, ornaments, decorations, jewelry, art, and etc.



H&M gray wool turtleneck | American Eagle burgundy jeggings | navy blue beret bought in Strasbourg





We walked about 15,000 steps.
We dined at À la Tête de Lard where I had a large helping of cordon bleu.
By the end of the night my feet were screaming but I wanted to return to the big Christmas tree and see it all lit up!

Strasbourg was beautiful, and it really proved to be the capital of the Christmas!










Sunday, we left Strasbourg and made our way home. We stopped in Kaysersberg for lunch and Colemar for some more Christmas shopping.

I would highly recommend going to Christmas markets in Europe!
They are so cheerful and happy! I love Christmas and I am so excited to be going home for Christmas especially since I didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family this year. I know Christmas is going to be an ever-bigger celebration when I get home! The markets really put me in the Christmas spirit! I can’t wait to see my family and decorate our tree with all the new decorations I bought this weekend!
The Christmas season has officially started!!

Cheers!

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