Sunny Skies & The Unexpected

On the fifth day of our vacation, we were both feeling a little tired and in need of a decent sleep in. 

Waking up early and roaming non-stop can really take a toll on you – mix it a small dose of jet lag and a few late nights, and tell me you aren’t begging for another hour or two rolled up like a duvet burrito.

Luckily, our hotel offered breakfast delivery to your room (meaning, bed) and we took advantage of it.

regent contades strasbourg france

Ordering a bakers basket, jams, fruit, yogurt and cheese, we set up shop near the window and relaxed between spouts of sipping morning coffee and jumps back into bed. 
regent contades strasbourg france

regent contades strasbourg france

After one of the laziest mornings that we had in awhile, we were feeling quite submerged into the European lifestyle. We maxed out the hours before checkout, finally hopping into the car and heading on one last mandatory Strasbourg stop.

Considering we’re both polisci and law grads, can you guess what it was?

strasbourg european parliament

Housed on a corner of the river, the European Parliament buildings stand glorious in the sun. Surrounded by colourful fall trees and parks, the windows shimmer and the flags of each country rustle in the wind. Unfortunately, tours are only for groups – but it was neat enough to walk around and take it all in – imaging hoping that one day I may end up there for real.

strasbourg european parliament

strasbourg european parliament

strasbourg european parliament

strasbourg european parliament

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

Across the boulevard is a massive park, the Jardin de L’Orangerie. The parliamentarians may not have a ton of happening spots nearby for lunch, but this was definitely a sweet spot for an afternoon walk, or perhaps a coffee break.

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

Coat / Sweater (Old but similar here, here, and new fav here) / Leggings

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

It was an absolutely beautiful day outside, so we strolled hand in hand through the pathways, watching families row in the river and swans snoozing by the fountains.

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

All of a sudden, we happened upon something quite unexpected.

A small animal zoo.

We peered through the cages, to find a variety of exotic birds,  including a Strasbourg local – the stork.

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france
jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

All throughout the park, there were massive nests perched upon trees, man-made structures, and even atop the palace – all thanks to the Storks. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any flying around – as they seemed more preoccupied with perching on one foot.

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

There were turtles, snakes, and perhaps most unexpected – a family of monkeys.

We stopped to watch the baby monkeys swing from branches, topple onto each other, and run back up to do it all again. All while the parents sat around, trying to stay out of harms way.

monkey

jardin de l'orangerie strasbourg france

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After completing a full circle of the park, we headed back to our car and were onto the next stop. Any guesses?

 

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