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[COLOR=#333333][FONT="]What items are identified with Strasbourg and Alsace-Lorraine? What kinds of items do you see in the shops? My family emigrated from there in the 1840s, and my sister has traced the family back to Volksberg (about 40 miles from Strasbourg, so we won't be able to visit on this cruise). Her birthday is shortly after our return, and I'd love to gift her something that is typical of the region. TIA![/FONT][/COLOR]

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Strasbourg is famous for storks (plush ones available everywhere) but I doubt that’s what you are looking for.


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I recall many items made with lace. Strasbourg also has great selection of Christmas ornaments.

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[quote name='gnome12']Strasbourg is famous for storks (plush ones available everywhere) but I doubt that’s what you are looking for.


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[quote name='TGBoss']I recall many items made with lace. Strasbourg also has great selection of Christmas ornaments.[/quote]

Thank you both! Actually, she might like a plush stork - and I might want some lace to frame!

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There is a shop located in Old Town that is famous for gingerbread. Maybe not a suitable birthday gift but I’m sure your sister would enjoy it.


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And beautiful linens. We were there last year while on an Avalon Rhine/ Moselle cruise. If possible, I highly recommend it. We spent all afternoon in the downtown shopping district. It looks just like you've always dreamed old Europe.

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For Lorraine - items that have something to do with the Mirabelle plum. Have a look on: [URL]https://www.enpassantparlalorraine.fr/recherche?controller=search&orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=Mirabelle&submit_search=[/URL] to see what I mean.


For Alsace: the storck as a plush toy sounds cute, other than that guglhupf (the Alsatian spelling is different), a typical cake. You may be able to get this in a "format" that you can take home. The recipe I have seen printed on postcards. Perhaps you can find a nice map that has got your family's birthplace on.


Have you tried to find a way to get to that town/village? 40 miles is certainly not far. You could get in touch with a tourist information centre. Genealogy queries are not uncommon - in my area at least - and they might be able to help, with a taxi arrangement possibly. But perhaps timing in Strasbourg will not work out for you.


However it works out for you, have a great cruise.


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[quote name='Got2Cruise']There is a shop located in Old Town that is famous for gingerbread. Maybe not a suitable birthday gift but I’m sure your sister would enjoy it.


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Yes she would! Thanks!

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Just remember that bringing food into the US has all sorts of restrictions. Make sure you understand what you can bring before you buy.

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[quote name='gnome12']Just remember that bringing food into the US has all sorts of restrictions. Make sure you understand what you can bring before you buy.[/QUOTE]



Thanks. I know in the past we’ve brought home gingerbread from Nuremberg that was in a sealed tin, so we’ll look for prepackaged items this time around too.


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[quote name='gnome12']Just remember that bringing food into the US has all sorts of restrictions. Make sure you understand what you can bring before you buy.[/QUOTE]

There is no problem with sealed packages unless it’s produce.


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[quote name='Got2Cruise']There is no problem with sealed packages unless it’s produce.


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Thanks - good to have my memory refreshed!


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The Guglhupf is a good idea. If you dont want to transport the cake itself, get a recipe and bring a baking form. They come in pottery, often very colourful or, if youre lucky in an antique shop, in copper. Decorative in the kitchen, even if not used for baking.

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[quote name='AnhaltER1960']The Guglhupf is a good idea. If you dont want to transport the cake itself, get a recipe and bring a baking form. They come in pottery, often very colourful or, if youre lucky in an antique shop, in copper. Decorative in the kitchen, even if not used for baking.[/QUOTE]



Having just reviewed information about this cake, I am putting it on my list. I hope to find them in tins, but if not I’ll buy the pan and a recipe in Strasbourg. My sister isn’t a baker, but her husband is! Thank you!


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In Strasbourg I purchased some nice little dish towels with "Alsace" and a scene with storks and wine bottles embroidered on them. I love them!

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[quote name='barbierahrah']In Strasbourg I purchased some nice little dish towels with "Alsace" and a scene with storks and wine bottles embroidered on them. I love them![/QUOTE]



Oh, those sound lovely! I’ll keep an eye out for them - thanks for the tip!


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These are gifts we received from friends living in Strasbourg: "kouglof" baking form, "baekeoffe" pan, Beauvillé table linen (from the small town Ribeauvillé between Colmar and Strasbourg) and the wounderful chocolates and marzipan "fruits & vegs" from Christian in Strasbourg.

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[quote name='RomyFamily']These are gifts we received from friends living in Strasbourg: "kouglof" baking form, "baekeoffe" pan, Beauvillé table linen (from the small town Ribeauvillé between Colmar and Strasbourg) and the wounderful chocolates and marzipan "fruits & vegs" from Christian in Strasbourg.[/QUOTE]



Ooo, more great ideas! Thanks!


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[quote name='barbierahrah']In Strasbourg I purchased some nice little dish towels with "Alsace" and a scene with storks and wine bottles embroidered on them. I love them![/quote]
My wife bought somthing very similar. Our guide pointed out a few small linen shops where prices were more reasonable than the touristy places.

Paul

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[quote name='Got2Cruise']There is no problem with sealed packages unless it’s produce.


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Be careful about bringing in meat products. Probably will be confiscated at customs, and I was just reading today on the Internet that there can be a fine as much as $10,000. So be careful for that.


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The fine mentioned would be in the case if the food is not declared.


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[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Yes, especially if you have a Global Entry Card. You can have it revoked if you don't declare your items. My husband brought back a reindeer sausage and some cheese from Norway last year. We didn't realize that meat items could not be brought in. He told the customs person that he had it in his luggage and we had to go to the screening area. They xrayed the bags (he couldn't remember which bag they were in) and took the sausage but we were allowed to keep the cheese. [/FONT]


[quote name='PhD-iva']Be careful about bringing in meat products. Probably will be confiscated at customs, and I was just reading today on the Internet that there can be a fine as much as $10,000. So be careful for that.


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We were there in July on an AMA cruise. The gingerbread is very yummy and they package it for travel. And I am not a big gingerbread fan but I loved it! I bought 2 small bowls and a smallish pottery tray with storks on them. Really cute and I have used them for appetizers a few times now. While you are there, be sure to have lunch at a cafe that serves the Alsace tart - so good - a large thin cracker like crust with a white sauce, cheese and ham served on a wooden board. There are variations, but that is the classic.

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Yum, tarte flamb[FONT="]ée, or flammkuchen. Cr[/FONT][COLOR=#333333][FONT="]è[/FONT][/COLOR][FONT="]me fraiche, thinly-sliced onions, and lardons of bacon constitute the "traditional" recipe which we learned while we were there. So good. Some photo evidence:[/FONT]

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[FONT=Linux Libertine, Georgia, Times, serif]If you become addicted, you can find this on the menu at Daniel Bouloud's restaurants. Among other places.[/FONT]

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JPAlbny: Yes that is exactly it! Tarte Flambee!
At first my DH and I thought we would share one, but I saw most people ordered their own - so glad we did that - I ate every bite! Delicious!!

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