Monday, March 14, 2011

Hazards of Travel and Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

Hi Everyone,
It’s been very busy here at Czech Off the Beaten Path since my last post.  Jiri and I took a trip to Strasbourg, France last week, and we are finally back home after a good trip.  We had a good time, but I was sick for most of the trip.  When you have severe allergies and asthma, traveling is always an adventure.  You never know exactly how conditions will be at various hotels and cities. 

Allergy mask and prednisone--two things 
I can't live or travel without.

Jiri and I do as much research ahead of time as possible, reading many reviews of hotels, while also taking in time of year (seasons), etc.  Even with all this prep work, you occasionally run into problems, as we did on this trip.  Unfortunately our hotel had a mold problem, which caused me some trouble.  Mold is one of my worst allergies, and can be one of the most challenging to deal with when traveling.  The other trouble at our hotel was the detergent they used for washing towels and bedding.  Our first morning at the hotel, I woke up with a very red, somewhat swollen face.  I looked as if I’d spent the night crying—which I hadn’t.  But I was definitely having an allergic reaction, and developed a good case of contact dermatitis. 

Aside from the mold  and the detergent issues, Strasbourg is a beautiful city in the Alsace region of France.  The city is a wonderful mix of old and new, French and German.  There is a mix of architecture all around, with many preserved medieval buildings and homes still in use today.  We very much enjoyed the time we were able to spend in Strasbourg, and I’ll share more about our trip in the next post. 

Have a great day!

God bless,
Sher :0)

PS I’m also working on the questions raised my MiGrant and will have those in another post, too!


pandi said...

wow .. great trip :D more photo please... hope you share it soon. love france especially the movie :)

Duni said...

I hear the food is amazing :)
but sorry to read about the moldy hotel room, causing your allergies to flare up. I guess that's one thing you can't check up on in advance.

Sher said...

@pandi: Today's post will have more photos from our trip to Strasbourg. And I'll probably have to write one more post about our trip and include photos!

Have a great day,
Sher :0)

Sher said...

@Duni: They have wonderful food there! We were cooking in our hotel room, but had some wonderful wine, butter and cheese...heavenly would describe these perfectly!

Even though we didn't know about the conditions in our hotel room beforehand, I was prepared with all of my regular meds, emergency meds, and my mask. Those saved the trip! :0)

Have a great day,
Sher :0)