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July 25th 2011
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Zeppelin over FriedrichshafenZeppelin over FriedrichshafenZeppelin over Friedrichshafen

Photo taken as we were leaving Friedrichshafen.
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This morning we left Friedrichshafen, headed for Strasbourg, the European Capital.

Although the trip was scheduled to take just over three hours, it took somewhat longer than that due to the many photo stops. The route took us firstly along Bodensee, then up through the Black Forest, and then into Northern France.

We were fortunate enough to see a Zeppelin Airship just after leaving Friedrichshafen. We then stopped off at the town of Haslach in the Black Forest. Haslach has an old city area, which is where we had a coffee and cake.

After leaving Haslach we headed for Strasbourg. Strasbourg is just over the border in Northern France, and has an alternating history of French and German occupation over the centuries. Originally it was the site of the Roman city of Argentoratum in 12 B.C.

Strasbourg is built around the Rhine and Ill Rivers, and there are a series of canals and locks throughout the city. It is Venice with class. Medieval buildings line the canals and Ponts criss cross the rivers and canals.

We first visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, then climbed the Cathedral Tower to get a better view of the city. We then took a boat
Street in HaslachStreet in HaslachStreet in Haslach

The main street of Haslach.
tour of the city canals, which gave a commentary on various sites of interest. We then walked around the city, taking photos of this stunning city.

After that we had dinner at an Alsace Restaurant, and walked back home along the river to our Hotel.

Jim and Kim

Additional photos below
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Notre Dame CathedralNotre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

We visited this cathedral and climbed the tower, 352 steps to the top.
A Canal in StrasbourgA Canal in Strasbourg
A Canal in Strasbourg

Photo taken from one of the many ponts.
A Swing BridgeA Swing Bridge
A Swing Bridge

Note the bridge swinging back in place after allowing a tour boat through. The swing bridge was one of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions.

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