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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were turtles, snakes, and perhaps most unexpected – a family of monkeys.
After completing a full circle of the park, we headed back to our car and were onto the next stop. Any guesses?