Snapshots of Strasbourg 2: Le Petite France
Strasbourg delighted me with it’s beautiful old buildings, of which there are a concentration in the Grande Île in the centre of the city. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and here, along the banks of the Ill River, the buildings are from another time.
Strasbourg Cathedral is by far the most imposing building in this area, its high-Gothic facade looming up in a dominating way.
It’s incredible and fragile looking spire is visible from around the city, and the cathedral stands as the world’s sixth tallest church.
The Le Petite France is the area in Strasbourg where typical Alsatian architecture comes to the fore, along the banks of the river.
I loved looking along to the double spired church at the other end of the river too. The reflections at dusk were pretty special.
Locals and tourists alike seemed to be making the most of the balmy summer evening, with many people enjoying the riverside cafes and bars. This seemed to be where the cool kids were hanging out:
I would also totally make this a date spot if I lived there:
I also came across plenty of unusual details, such as this on a lamppost:
As the sun set, I felt I’d only begun to scratch the surface of this lovely, peaceful place.
Photos by CIA, Strasbourg, July 2012.