Saturday, November 30, 2013

Strasbourg: Place du Marché aux Cochons de Lait & Quai des Bateliers

Before I left Strasbourg I was lucky to have seen this beautiful part of the city, which I later found out is a highlight in the list of places to see and experience. One of the most charming little squares in medieval Strasbourg.

PLACE-DU-MARCHE-AUX-COCHONS-DE-LAIT 

And so I have learned that the exact translation of Place du Marche aux Cochons de Lait is — ‘The Suckling Pig Market Square’. You can only guess that during the medieval times suckling pigs were traded here. Other squares in Strasbourg were named in a similar fashion, i.e. Vieux-Marché-aix-Vins (The Old Wine Market), Marché-aux-Poissons (The Fish Market) and Marché-Neuf (New Market)

A lovely place to sit down in one of the cafes with a glass of wine and then people watch! This square has a small narrow alley leading to Place de la Cathedrale.


I like how the French spell the plural of sandwich. It is cute, no?


When two worlds collide, cuisine wise: French meets Deutsch.


One of the colourful side streets near the Suckling Pig Square. 

QUAI DES BATELIERS

This is the quay that will lead you to Place du Marché aux Cochons de Lait and then Place de la Cathedrale. Again, I just got lucky really that I made the decision to turn into one of the bridges in this area, drove around the cathedrale and came back on to the quay to find an available parking slot! Hallelujah.

It is a pretty part of town and very near to the Place de la Cathedrale where I was scheduled to have a traditional choucroute lunch at Maison de Kammerzell, the most striking and most important medieval building on the square, well apart from the cathedral of course.


I parked my car on this street (left side of the quay).


There are flat bottomed boats stationed here for sightseeing.


So alas, my time in the city has come to an end and I must drive further up north, into the deep of Deutschland. My next stop: Bonn.

Au Revoir for now my dear Strasbourg.

Travel Period: April 2013
Destination: Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin - Alsace), France

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