Internet access is challenging on this stretch of the Rhine, as Scenic Crystal makes its way toward Basel, Switzerland. Those who need to stay connected may want to make note. Sending simple emails works fairly well, but accessing web pages ranges from being exceptionally pokey to impossible. For example, pulling up my flight reservations on an airline website proved to be futile during two hours of trying this morning.
Today, Scenic Crystal docked in Kehl, Germany. Across the river was France and the beautiful city of Strasbourg.
Included tours gave guests the option of touring Strasbourg or heading out into the Alsatian countryside to the town of Barr for a vineyard visit and wine tasting.
Three of Scenic’s four motor coaches went to Strasbourg, the more popular choice, while one headed to Barr.
Our charming guide provided an overview of Strasbourg, explaining what it was like to live in a city that had frequently changed hands between being French and German.
Strasbourg’s historic city center, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. We spent two hours walking in the historic city center.
Strasbourg loosely translates into “town at the crossroads,” from the German Straße/Strasse (street) combined with the French word bourg (village). Strasbourg celebrated its 2,000th birthday in 1988. Imagine!