Strasbourg is a picturesque town in the eastern region of France known as Alsace. It’s right next to the German border and as a result, the food, architecture, and culture of the city draw heavily upon both countries. The Ill River runs throughout the town, so boat tours are a popular and relaxing way to take in the sights (you even pass through a lock – a device that lowers or raises the boat so it can go across different water levels). There’s a lot to see, including the town’s famous gothic cathedral, but it’s hard to beat wandering around Petite-France, the medieval district made up of pebbled lanes dotted with timber-framed buildings (most of which are touristy – but still fun to browse – shops).