French Canal - Strasbourg, France

There are so many reasons to visit European cities, it is hard to name them all. Some of the major reasons are the age and history, the architecture, the culture and the food. The one characteristic that really fascinates me are the canals. While I have only visited around ten European cities, they all seem to have a pretty extensive canal system. Of course, Venice and Amsterdam are high on the list, but even the smaller cities have them.

On our Rhine River cruise a few years ago, one of  our stops  was Strasbourg, France. We docked on the Rhine in Kehl, Germany and after a quick bus ride over the bridge, we were in Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region of France. As we walked the streets, we came upon their canal system, which was really quaint. Not a lot of hustle and bustle, but rather beautiful homes and architecture all along the canals.