There are two kinds of travels. One is intended for business (or school), while the other is purely for the purpose of personal leisure. The former is often time spent in hotels, meeting rooms and conference halls if not in airports. They are the kind of travels that are extensively perceived as excellent opportunities for personal and professional growth, with the added value of expanding one’s network. Interestingly, going on business travels make your mama proud, including your friends and mentors. Well, despite having repeatedly described that these travels make you feel like you are in a survivor island in heels and suits.
In contrary, a personal vacation is simply a rare occasion, if not an exceptional blessing. You don’t make a living out of it, instead you spend a sizeable portion of your hard earned savings, which is made worse if you are not able to plan your travels ahead of time, if you are not so familiar with budget traveling, and if your minimal income just can’t make personal travels happen (the real story of our lives eh?). BUT, even if you are not a professional nomad, taking a personal vacation is a MUST. Remember, you go to work for a living, and you go on personal vacation to live.
For a long time, I have psyched myself with the primary misconception that I cannot afford personal travels, money and time wise. In fact, I may have over patronized business and school travels for a long time. But I realized that it is necessary to take a break from the structured world, in order to keep ourselves sane and motivated.
In the coming days, we will be sharing personal travel stories from our recent road trips with the hope of encouraging most if not all of you to finally take a break, starting with Strasbourg, France!
If Paris makes you fall in love, Strasbourg will enchant you! The city exudes an amalgamation of German-French cultures, medieval and modern structures, without overtly clashing. It uniquely features narrow-winding streets, serenely flowing waterways and canals, timber-framed houses, boxed windows adorned with beautiful flowers, which will repeatedly bring you a jaw dropping ‘wow’ experience.
If you are not convinced to take a break yet, we’re confident that our favorite sights of Strasbourg will let you decide ahora mismo!
- Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Considered one of the most beautiful monuments of Western architecture, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame built out of red Vosges looms over Strasbourg with its massive tower. Once inside, you will be treated with exceptional medieval stained-glass windows, the exquisite ‘Coronation of the Virgin’ tapestry, an enormous organ, and a Renaissance astronomical clock, which all seemingly allows you to walk through generations of genius art work. Visitors can also ascend to the top of the tower for a magnificent view of the city.
- Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait
A short walk from the cathedral is one of the city’s most charming square Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait, where you can find several restaurants, pubs, and half-timbered houses with wooden galleries. It’s a great spot to people-watch, to observe how tourists and locals interact, and to experience the daily routines of the city.
- La Petite France
This is perhaps the most famous, if not a shared favorite of those who have visited Strasbourg. Taking a stroll along the waterways and narrow streets will allow you to appreciate medieval houses that are half-timbered and magnificently decorated with potted flowers. It is part of the Grande-Ile (a large island surrounded by the III River), that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Ponts Couverts
At the end of the Petite France district, you will find the Ponts Couverts (Covered Bridges), depicting a picture-perfect image of Strasbourg. The three bridges adorned with medieval towers link the III River.
- Maison Kammerzel
Near the Place de la Cathédrale is another of Strasbourg’s most important sites, the Maison Kammerzell. With the intricate ornamentation of the building, it is not easy to miss it. Today, it serves as a hotel with a renowned restaurant.