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Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 22nd 2012

Bonjour from Strasbourg, This is our second visit to Strasbourg. We were here in 2010 for the Christmas Festival; Strasbourg’s Christmas Festival is one of the oldest in Europe and the first one to open. When we were here last it was snowing and raining ice and so cold that in the cathedral – Notre Dame – Our Lady, we could see ourselves breathe. We found Strasbourg to be charming on 2010 and we have not been disappointed this visit. As Strasbourg is a small regional town, it is a little more relaxed than Paris. One of the sad things about Paris was the warnings we received from the hotel staff about the beggars; we found ourselves to be very much more wary than we would like to be in a city as beautiful as Paris. ... read more
Tourist boat entering the lock - 2
Tourist boat entering the lock -3
OUr hotel - the entrance

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg August 10th 2012

The morning of our departure from Paris was fairly frantic. We had arranged to meet our apartment hosts' representative at 9 am to exchange keys...our train for Strasbourg left at 11:30 from Gare de l'est...we knew that we could take the Metro there but not really sure about how long it would take...and cleaning/packing just seems to never end. She showed up at 9:15 and wanted to be able to leave right away because she had an appointment at 9:30...!?! Okedoke, we gave her the keys, thumped gigantor suitcase down the stairway and hung out in our favorite coffee shop for the next half hour, drinking awesome cafe au lait and filling Fifi up on CROGGHERS. We made our way to the gare with ease and found ourselves, of course, with plenty of time to spare. ... read more
Loving the bolognese at Cafe Michel
Mmmm glace with marshmallow!
In front of Notre Dame du Strasbourg

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg July 29th 2012

JULY 29 Before leaving our special hotel, we had an amazing German breakfast that kept us well fed for our drive to Strasbourg. It took a few attempts to arrive at our hotel with all of the one-way and pedestrian-only streets, but we dropped our bags and were off for a day of exploring. We visited the phenomenal Notre Dame Cathedral, all of Petite France (including L'Academie de Bier), enjoyed some cappucinos and food outside, and walked until we could no longer. We had a phenomenal dinner of different kinds of spaetzle in Petite France on the river to finish off a wonderful day in a beautiful city.... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Colmar July 23rd 2012

Well, we're back in France as promised. Left Switzerland just as the skies were beginiing to clear and arrived in the beautiful Alsace region of France Sunday afternoon. After a pleasant stroll and a great lunch we did our laundry while we waited for the owners of our pension to return from their vineyards. Monday we went to a great museum with some Martin Schongauer works and the world famous Isheim alterpeice. We also rode bikes around town and Lizzie did some clothes shopping. The whole town is just so quaint and picturesque, and our pension is just like the rest of the town - not a square corner, a straight street or a non-sagging roof anywhere!... read more
courtyard below our balcony
That's me working on the blog!
another view right from our balcony

Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse July 15th 2012

And so the exciting, busy and intensive week of Bouge Ta Ville began - to explain simply, it's a week where about 200 young people get together every two years to transform and manifest the glory of God to their city. The concept began in Mulhouse, the city where I was doing it last week and is beginning to spread to other cities across France which is VERY exciting.... It all kicked off on Saturday afternoon at a huge church of around 2000 people in Mulhouse. I was relieved and excited to hear other English speakers when we arrived at the welcome part (I had been worried that I'd be the only English speaker and that I might not understand or be able to participate in everything.) I had put my name down to work with ... read more


Europe » France » Alsace » Mulhouse July 14th 2012

Up pretty early and picked up the electronics from the office. All charged up and ready to go. The owners were also Tandem Cyclists and were very interested in the trike, thus before we headed out we offered them a spin. They returned with smiling faces! Weather - very windy and threatening rain as leaving Neuf-Brisach. Sprinkled on and off throughout the day. Lost several times, really poorly marked trails, especially any time we were near a town. Everything was closed due to the holiday but fortunately we had food to picnic on and found the lovely historical area to eat in. There is a large church in every town so it is easy to find these spots. We managed to find our way through the large city of Mulhouse & get to a fairly nice ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace July 13th 2012

Day 6: Hagenbach to Gambsheim- 70km Weather: Beautiful sunny day when we woke up at Kurt & Monikas place. Monika bid her farewell after setting out a beautiful typical German breakfast of breads, meats, cheese, coffee and juice. We were so fortunate as Kurt gave us a private tour to the border of France and pointed out so many different things and answered many questions. We saw Mistletoe growing in the trees, many different birds and we would never have known we were crossing into France had Kurt not been with us. The photo shows Denis in France and I in Germany sitting on the trike. We pedaled a lot this day and were headed to another town when a kind gentlemen noted there was a lovely town campsite in Gambsheim. It was beautiful and we ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Neuf-Brisach July 13th 2012

Day 9: Neuf-Brisach all day. Had a great day in this little town. The campground owners were exceptional and let us charge all the electronics & even gave us an umbrella to walk to town for the evenings festivities. We walked to town & then took the trike in for the afternoon and to ride the parameter of the Fort. It is quite incredible with beautifully kept homes, and we even spotted a residence for seniors/elderly which was nice. A note is that in France & Germany we've notice few people use canes or crutches or and many with no walkers, but rather they use what I would call a pair of canes with arm braces (like Forest Gump) or hiking poles- just interesting. We wandered into a local establishment for lunch and clarified that sharing ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Neuf-Brisach July 12th 2012

Day 8: Strasbourg to Neuf-Brisach Weather- sprinkled a little on and off today as we rode but nothing so much that we got really wet. It was nice not to have the heat considering the distance we rode. We left about 8:00 and headed to the Chocolate Museum which was 'okay' but not really worth the delay in travel. We did however, have a lovely escort to the museum by two Route Security girls. We left there and started riding steady throughout the day. We stopped in a really nice little village at a bakery for pizza lunch, STRONG coffee, and a brownie for dessert. We rode abourt 60km along a paved canal with many locks and wonderful boats and people passing by us. We planned to ride longer today but even impressed ourselves as by ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg July 11th 2012

Day 6: We rode from Gambsheim to Strasbourg today. The weather was lovely when we woke up and we packed up pretty quick and were on the road by 9:00am. We travelled through many small villages this day and saw lots of France. The trail was again a little poorly marked in the small towns but we managed to manuever through with the help of the map that Xavier was so kind to pass onto us. We arrived in Strasbourg and rode around this incredibly beautiful city. It was a bit of challenge to find our way into the historic area but once there we found a Merry-Go-Round for Denis to ride on and ALL was good! We headed to the campsite which was lovely with a shelter to enjoy and and Wifi as well. We ... read more

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