Paris is big and grand and enchanting, Strasbourg is small and charming. It is filled with 16th century houses and lots of tourists but still small enough to walk to through the entire old section.

A typical street of houses in the old section

A very old house opposite the cathedrale

Our hotel was in the Cathedrale Square. The cathedrale itself dates from the 13th century.

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

“it is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high, or late, Gothic architecture. At 142 metres (466 feet), it was the world’s tallest building from 1647 to 1874, when it was surpassed by St. Nikolai’s Church, Hamburg. Today it is the sixth-tallest church in the world.” (Wikipedia)
Our first morning we were wakened by bells, very loud bells, beginning at 7AM. It sounded like they were in our room. First the cathedrale and then other churches in the immediate vicinity. It wasn’t a place for sleeping in.
We had been hoping for great food in Paris but had our first really fabulous meal in Strasbourg. I had pork ribs in a honey-rosemary sauce with potatoes au gratin, Max had pork tenderloin in a rocquforte sauce.
Strolling after dinner we happened on an Oompah Band, a dozen men in uniforms playing in a little square. It was a nice way to end an evening in balmy Strasbourg.