October 2013. When having troubles setting a Skype date with a friend for over 3 months, get in the car and drive for a 1000 km to see them. It’s always worth it.

The adjective that would best express my idea of Strasbourg is ‘surprising’. Expecting a metropolis of glass and steel I got absolutely enchanted by the old town, where traditional German architecture meets typically French multistorey buildings with beautiful wrought iron balconies and windowsills full of red geraniums in bloom. The location close to the border offers you also a range of culinary delights, from fresh baguettes, delicious young wine, raclette and roasted chestnuts to ‘Brezels’ with salt, Bavarian sweet mustard and the Alsatian specialty: all sorts of ‘Flammkuchen’ or ‘tarte flambée’, if you prefer.

In addition, if you’re a fan of adrenaline, it’s less than an hour drive from Europa Park – the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular in Europe (following Disneyland).