Nom de Plumage

March 16, 2013

Rendezvous in La Petite France

DSC00259Strasbourg is a city of contradictions. The people are unmistakably French and yet the architecture is as German as it comes. Centuries of conflict between Germany and France for ownership of Alsace, have left their imprints on the country with Strasbourg the ‘jewel in the crown’. This is a detour that I have made for a couple of days un-route to Spain to revisit a friend. Suzy and I met over a month ago in Italy and we spent several wonderful days touring the delightful city of Vincenza. After some discussion about each of our travel plans, a window of opportunity presented itself and I could not pass it up.

‘Il Grande’ in the 1980’s became World Heritage Listed, unique for part of a city to have been given the honours. It is only when you see this stunning gem, that one can appreciate and understand the value in preserving such a unique town. Regardless of who owns or controls Strasbourg, the city is richer for the culture, architecture and cuisine, and I am richer for the experience.

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One would think from my photo’s that I am in Venice or Amsterdam with the canal that weaves through the city. But observing the many towns/cities that I have visited so far, the predominate theme is to build near or on water. Times were very different back then, when the common mode of transport was on water. The canal, bridges, boats and cafe’s upon the water’s edge, all add charm and allure.

My day passes slowly and it is the evening that I am looking forward to most. Suzy and I have agreed to meet very late; due to her work commitments and I wonder through the Christmas market in search of a little treat to tide me over. It is a beautiful evening and just as the stall operators begin to close down for the night, Suzy arrives with her big beautiful smile shining. It has only be weeks since we last saw each other, but it has felt so much longer with all the travelling that I have done.

We are both hungry, but have no idea where we should eat. I suggest we go to ‘Petite France’ because we may have better luck and the fact that it is such a beautiful place. Our search is more difficult than we thought it would be and the evening is closing down on us. We back-track to a modern-looking restaurant that is still in full swing and decide to try our luck. The waiter is lovely and hands us the menu and the word that keeps making an appearance is – Flammee. Suzy and I both look at each other, questioning what a flammee is. But as the saying goes; “beggar’s cannot be chooser’s, we order. I order a duck, cherry and orange flammee and Suzy orders salmon and chives. Between catch-up and anticipation for our dinner, it eventually arrives. It is? A very thin pizza. Not exactly what we thought or wanted it, that is until we started eating. Delicious, light and certainly taking the edge off our hunger pains, we are both satisfied. Great service, delicious food and wonderful company.

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