After my visit to Cambridge (see the previous post), I returned to France, where I was able to spend the rest of the week with my parents. (and to try to impress them with my French-speaking abilities!) Despite worries about strikes, we got through our travels just fine in the end and it was a delight to be able to see them on the other side of the Atlantic. I spent a day with each of them separately in Aix (they came and left on different days due to work schedules), and in between, while we were all together, we visited Marseille and Strasbourg.
I was impressed in particular by Strasbourg - we had gone because my dad has a friend there, but probably didn’t expect to see quite the level of beauty that we did. The city is located right next to the German border, and has changed nationalities throughout the centuries along with the Alsace-Lorraine region it’s situated in. The old town section is a pleasure to walk through, reminiscent of a classic German village with just enough French culture mixed in to distinguish it from either identity. We went to a soccer game, of course, tried out the local “tarte flambée” and took a boat tour around the river that circles the city’s heart.
More than anything, though, I got to have a little family time. There’s nothing like spending a few months isolated on the other side of the planet to make you appreciate how much you miss your parents. It meant a lot to be able to explore a little in France, where I live, while doing it with those I love. Enjoy the photos.