Waking up and knowing that I only had a journey to Ashford, before departing to Paris on the Eurostar, helped considerably when it came to getting up on Tuesday morning. Unlike the usual early morning taxi journey to one of the London airports, I arrived at Ashford International Station, along with my colleague, and was greeted by their friendly staff, and passed through security in a matter of minutes.
Before I knew it, we had arrived in Paris, made our way to Paris East station, and were travelling through the Alsace on the TGV to Strasbourg, admiring the changing landscape and wonderful scenic canals running parallel to the railway.
On arrival in Strasbourg, we picked up the hire car right next to the station, and began our journey to Hornberg, in the heart of the Black Forest. We arrived at our hotel where we’d be spending the first night. Sat up on the hillside, perched next to the old ruins of Hornberg castle and surrounded by the Black Forest, we could see miles into the distance…
Day 2 began with a short trip to Triberg to visit the world’s largest Cuckoo Clock, and with more time, there is the opportunity to visit the beautiful waterfall too.
Our first hotel visit today was in Freudenstadt. This hotel was located just outside of Freudenstadt, up on a hillside, with flower-filled gardens behind, and views over the town out the front of the hotel.
From Freudenstadt we drove to Baden-Baden which is a truly beautiful town. With glorious parks full of colour accompanied by a lovely river running through the town, as well as plenty of cafés and restaurants to accommodate everyone’s taste buds. It was then on to Durbach, set in the heart of the Alsace vineyards and surrounded by cherry trees in blossom.
The last stage of our journey was back in Strasbourg, where we had time to explore the city and its fascinating cathedral. I was extremely impressed with Strasbourg, with its Germanic, and Eastern European architecture mixed with its relaxed French lifestyle. Cafés situated on the water’s edge, in the squares, and down side streets, this city should be a real competitor to similar cities such as Prague. And what better way to experience the city than by the canal that runs around the heart of the city.
Completing this all in three days and two nights made me only want to stay for longer, to really enjoy and experience all that there is on offer from the Alsace and the Black Forest.