|Posted by Rachel J Roche on December 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM|
Strasbourg was pretty good! We all got back yesterday having taken the TGV from Paris Gare de l’Est. It took only about 2 and a half hours to get there and, despite the heavy rain, it was actually not as cold as Paris has been these last few days. After all the talk of wrapping up warm and making sure we wear seven jumpers, I actually didn’t even need my scarf!
We got into Strasbourg after lunch and checked straight into the hotel before setting off on the tram to the European Court of Human Rights where were watched a short film about the creation and functioning of the Court. We were then luckily enough to have a seminar with Judge Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos who has been a judge at the ECHR since May 2011. He was lovely and answered our many questions before he had to leave to continue his day. He is actually friends with one of our professors who accompanied us on the trip, Madame Anne Rigaux; I get the impression that Mme. Rigaux is very well connected, even bumping into someone she knew on the way back to the hotel before we left to return to Paris the following day.
After the Court, we had a couple of hours to mooch about the Christmas markets which was nice, and each had a glass of hot red wine. There were so many trinkets and Christmas lights everywhere it was almost like a fairytale. Lucky for us, Chen lived in Strasbourg last year for university so was able to be our tour guide!
Dinner on the Friday night with the class (there were six of us in total) was really nice. Now that we have got to know each other better it was really easygoing and laid back. We had the most amazing traditional dishes served to us at the restaurant Le Tire-Buchon http://www.letirebouchon.fr/fr/index.php and then whilst Alexandra and I opted to take the tram home as it was raining, the others strolled back – although we got in at the same time!
The following day, we were all out of the hotel by 10:30 am and took the opportunity to do a bit more sight-seeing and walking before meeting up with the professors for an early lunch at La Maison des Tanneurs http://www.maison-des-tanneurs.com Also known as "Gerwerstub", the Maison des Taneurs was built in 1572; it was formerly a tannery before becoming a restaurant in 1949. It was restored in 1972 for its 4th century anniversary. We were served traditional Alsatian food – the traditional dish of Choucroute – which I really liked although they serve such large portions!
I can’t believe it’s now only 4 more sleeps before I take the flight to Cardiff to go and see Phantom of the Opera with Adam and his family. I can’t wait! Before I get carried away however, we have lots of work to cram in before we break up on Thursday and I have to make sure I leave enough room in my suitcase for my books and folders as we have a few exercises to prepare and to hand in when we get back.