This weekend we set out to spread our Canada Day cheer throughout Europe, bringing our Canadian charm to Switzerland, Germany and France. All in a simple 3 hour drive.
The reason for the road trip was to celebrate the wedding of good friends in the beautiful town of Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg was not a town we were familiar with but learned that it is a very significant place. Strasbourg is the seat of over twenty international institutions, most famously of the Council of Europe and of the European Parliament of which it is the official seat. Strasbourg is considered the legislative and democratic capital of the European Union.
Strasbourg was a popular destination for the weekend which nearly disrupted the festivities. Happening on the very same day, in the same area was the first ever Eurpoean Act of State in honour of Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor and Chairman of the CDU, who died this June.
Roads were closed as important heads of state were traveling in for the ceremony and our hotel had a secret service presence for an anonymous important guest. Even the rehearsal dinner got bumped from the terrace when Benjamin Netanyahu decided to dine there as well with his pal Bill Clinton. Rare air we find ourselves somehow mixed up in.
Despite the secret service presence and grey weather, the wedding was quite spectacular. But really, how can it not be spectacular when surrounded by European splendor.
Came super close to getting the polished look of a French styled up-do myself but I know hair-stylist code and when they say “this will just take 25 minutes” they really mean the better part of an hour. We were running out of time so I pulled out of the wedding party salon trip and headed back to the hotel in hopes of finding a good YouTube DIY tutorial. After a couple failed attempts and the appearance of a new, intense version of Airport-Anna (named Rushed-DIY-Updo-Anna) we finally got out the door, all cleaned up and ready to go.
The wedding was gorgeous in an amazing, big cathedral, mixed French and English. But it wasn’t until the reception that we really learned just how well the French do weddings.
It was the arrival of the pony club that really put it over the top for Helena. Of all the kids at the wedding, Helena was the most dedicated to the pony-ride experience. She made it her mission to ride every horse they brought, doing laps long after the other kids had all grown tired of the activity.