Place Broglie, Colonne Leclerc
In the middle of Place Broglie, a tall column celebrates the memory of General Leclerc that started in 1940 in Chad with a column of three hundred men with a single canon that became the 2ème DB (second armored division) and freed Paris on the 25th of August 1944 and Strasbourg on the 23rd of November 1944.
Marchés de Noël
Each square in Strasbourg has its own Marchés de Noël. Though they have a lot in common, some are a bit specific. Here is the full list in 2006.
Place Broglie and Rue de la Comédie : Christkindelsmärik
Place Gutenberg : Village des Artisans Roumains (invited country changing every year).
Place des Meuniers,: Irréductibles Petits Producteurs Alsaciens
Place Benjamin Zix : Comptoir des rois Mages
Place du Marché Neuf
Place d'Austerlitz : Marché des Bredle
Place de la Cathédrale
Place du château.
They are all working from November 25th to December 24th from 10:00 to 20:00 (till 21:00 on week-ends). A few of them work until December 31st.
Take a bike
Maybe because tourists don't feel like coming back tired from their trips they forget that in Strasbourg they can rent bike and ride for the day in the whole area.
Streets have special areas for bike and they also have their own itinerary. You can ride along the Rhin, and someone told me once that you can go to the south of Alsace just by following these path but sport is not my favorite hobby so I had never tried to go that far. But this is the best way to see things that you won't be able to see if you just stay in the center where there is too many tourists
Cycling in Strasbourg
Strasbourg has a fine cycling infrastructure, and the city even maintains a non-profit organization to rent bicycles. I rented mine for EUR 12.00, which is their weekly rate, here at their shop near the central station in the Rue du maire Kuss, across the street from my hotel.
Second photo: The same organization has a second shop in the city center, in Rue Boucher.
Third photo: Lots of people cycle in Strasbourg. Here's one going by the opera house.
Fourth photo: Strasbourg is on the well-marked long-distance bicycle route called the Veloroute Rhein/Rhin, from Basel to Mainz.
Coffee and ciggy's and cake, oh my!
'Aux Deux France' Restaurant-Bierstub
I sat outside, but I did have to use the washroom and I remember it being quite pretty actually. I don't know if that's important, but I liked it. The waitress was a bit snotty but hey; it's France. The nicest aspect of this place is that it's right next to the canal, and if you follow it about 20 meter's down the right side of the restaurant, you end up amongst a couple of tiny shops run by a local artist selling an interesting collection of the wierd and wonderful. :o) To be honest, all I had was a wonderful pastry covered in powdered sugar, and 4-5 Espresso's, but it was all good.