SS Antoinette River Cruise Blog Day 3
Today we had a 2-for-the-price-of-1 day – combining Strasbourg in the morning and Speyer in the afternoon.
An early start and we headed to the main dining room for breakfast. Today’s special was, you’ve guessed it, Eggs Benedict! Regular readers of the blog will know its my bench mark test and I have to say – the chefs on SS Antoinette did a great job – perfectly runny yolks, tasty sauce and fresh muffin – a 9 out of 10 for sure!
We departed SS Antoinette and I realised just how cold it was here in November. Before leaving the UK I checked the weather and it was said to be about 10 degrees, in reality it had dropped to about 5 degrees – so anyone cruising in this region at this time of year – wrap up warm – real warm!
We boarded the bus and headed to Strasbourg, across the border in France. Once we were on the outskirts, we disembarked the coach and bordered a small glass-domed sight-seeing boat for our canal tour of Strasbourg. The weather was fairly overcast but the guide did a great job pointing out all the European Union head quarters, courts and other government buildings. The highlight of the canal tour for me was cruising through “Petite France” – a perfectly preserved medieval part of the city, full of timber framed houses, little shops and narrow alleyways.
After our canal tour we disembarked and enjoyed a short tour of the magnificent Notre Dame cathedral with its stunning ornate architecture and huge spire that dominated the skyline. Inside there were impressive stained glass windows, soaring arched ceilings and a wonderful mechanical clock dating back to the 1600’s.
After our cathedral tour, we had free time so feeling a bit cold we found a “Salon de The”. It was basically a cake shop with a café upstairs, so we climbed the stone steps up to the main room. The café was decorated in rich purple tones with flocked wallpaper and ornate mirrors. There was a choice of about 10 different hot chocolates with various different spices in them, and an amazing selection of chocolate cakes. The drinks were only 3.50 Euros and the cakes the same price – we thought this was very well priced and compared to London prices an absolute bargain! The cakes were delicious and the hot chocolate drinks simply amazing - a great find so if you are ever in Strasbourg, visit this place just by the Cathedral – Christian Salon de The, 12 Rue de L’Outre, 10 Rue Merciere. My top tip of the day! As we were enjoying our drinks and cakes – the café soon filled up, even our tour guide arrived and told us it’s one of the best in the city – I have to agree! It was just the warm drinks we needed for a cold day!
After our stop here we headed off on foot discover the Petite France area and went in a few quaint shops, taking lots of photos of the timber-framed buildings, gables roofs and dormer windows. This part of Strasbourg is delightful and I would gladly return in the summer.
After our own mooching about we headed back to the bus for our transfer to Speyer, where the SS Antoinette had docked.
We arrived in Speyer in the late afternoon just as the sun was setting. We had a tour of the cathedral, a church, another church, an old Jewish settlement and then it was back to the bus. It was dark now and absolutely freezing. To be honest there was not a lot here in Speyer – so we were happy to head back onboard.
Back on the SS Antoinette we only had time for a quick shower before we had to meet for our daily briefing, and an update on the new itinerary, then it was off to the Orangery - the alternative dining option onboard the ship.
This is a set menu and the venue is placed up on the top deck. The décor is all black and white, with chequerboard flooring and black wicker furniture. The menu up here is set, and we had the following:-
We started with Spaghetti Alla Romana, followed by traditional French Onion Soup. Entrée was Lobster Thermidor served with sautéed asparagus and truffle Pont Neuf potato. Dessert was Crème Brulee, served with honey tuille and fresh fruit. This was the best meal we had on board and the wine that accompanied it was delicious. The next day we are on the Rhine Gorge and heading to Koblenz, and after a long day we headed to bed.
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