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Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg June 23rd 2019

Saturday 22nd June The TGV was a direct service from Rennes to Strasbourg. It went via Paris, where it made two stops in the suburbs, and this was the slowest part of the trip. The train sat on 320 km/h for long periods on the run east from Paris. I arrived in Strasbourg at 7pm and checked in to the hotel which was close to the station. Then I headed out to find some dinner, crossing the river onto the Grand Île of Strasbourg, which is the old city. Google directed me to a completely gluten-free restaurant, which was a great find! I was able to have a more normal meal with confidence that it would be GF. I am a bit sick of galettes. I followed up with a piece of fabulous berry meringue pie ... read more
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Strasbourg – Ill River & Reformed Church of Saint Paul
Evening in Strasbourg

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 19th 2018

After leaving picturesque Grindelwald and heading back to France we passed by Thunnet See, one of the huge lakes surrounding Interlaken. From there it was pretty much non-descript highways. The big difference we observed driving during this trip is the great condition of all the roads and bridges. Everything looks new and all are free from litter. Our first stop today was Colmar, France. The old town of Colmar is called "Le Petite Venice". It was a gorgeous district crammed with camera ready buildings decked with flowers. The houses wander down the calm canal that wind through the area. We stopped for lunch at a small Brasserie which sold our favorite baquette sandwiches. Leaving Colmar, we arrived at our destination, Strasbourg, mid afternoon, and checked into the hotel. The front desk said they were upgrading our ... read more
Leaving Interlaken
Colmar, France

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 17th 2018

There is a lot more to Strasbourg than the Notre Dame Cathedral and Petite France, and clearly a lot more than we discovered. We found it to be an interesting city that deserved a post. Overall, Strasbourg is a modern, easy city with an excellent bike-way system and a tram system that seems highly efficient. We found it pleasant and safe to walk around, although you should try to avoid walking on the bike paths. The first thing we did in Strasbourg was find a walking tour. There are a number in the usual places on the internet. Happy Tours seemed to receive good reviews and had a few different tours in English so we decided to give them a try. Unfortunatey, it was a damp day and turned into a full blown rainy day as ... read more
Street art Strasbourg
In a bookshop window
Gutenberg Square

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 9th 2018

Most places, notwithstanding your first impression, have some interest. There is always a story, perhaps a lot of stories, that a place has to tell that are interesting. Sometimes you have to look hard for it. Not in Strasbourg though. It has led an interesting existence since its initial establishment as a Roman camp Our first impression walking out of the Gare de Strasbourg in the early evening was of a place that seemed just a little dingy. That probably had as much to do with the luggage distributed about my person and the walk from the Centraal Station down a road that is heavily under repair. My first impression of the Apart-hotel that we are to stay in wasn't positive. Dark colours and not so much light. But the reception was friendly, professional and efficient. ... read more
Old houses but you still get tv
Not the covered bridge, though is has a roof: the gates underneath were an important part of the defences built for the city, but didn't work.
Shows how a name can stick - these are the covered bridges but they lost their roofs in the 18th century

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg June 30th 2018

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June Besancon We have enjoyed a city break over the last three days. The old town of Besancon nestles in a loop of the Doubs River, surrounded by hills and dominated by the rocky outcrop upon which stands the impressive citadel designed by Vauban. We spent a day exploring the well preserved citadel which houses several museums covering the history of the citadel, local life and a museum of French Resistance and Deportation. The citadel was occupied by the Germans in the Second World War and 100 Frenchmen were executed within its walls for being part of the french resistance. The citadel also has a small zoo, insectarium and aquarium. We had a day exploring the city itself which is very charming. It was home to many famous people; Victor Hugo ... read more
Zoo in the citadel
Roman gate, Besancon
Theatre du Peuple, Bussang

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg June 11th 2018

Today we spent a wonderful day walking the cobbled streets of Strasbourg, after entering the town by tram, we walked along the canal and caught the next tourist boat (Batorama) which gave us a unique perspective of the buildings and mixed German/France rule over the last 200 years. After we hoped off the boat we walked through the streets until we found the Cathedral of Notre Dame which had no queue or no charge to enter. This building is one of the most ornately decorated cathedral I think we have seen to date. Walking further through town we found some lovely Christmas decorations shops and purchased a couple of items that will feature in our place next Christmas. We finally found one of the locks that the Batorama boats went through and watched the lock system ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg May 20th 2018

Nach dem gestrigen Tag, der doch etwas vollgepackt war, habe ich es heute locker angehen lassen. Ich bin vor allem in der Altstadt, auch Grande Ile genannt, da sie von der Ill und einem Kanal begrenzt wird, herum gelaufen. Hier dominieren wieder deutsche Fachwerkhäuser. Ein französischer Bekannter in Berlin hat mir mal gesagt, die Architektur im Elsass wäre etwas komisch für Frankreich. Ich habe ihm erwidert, das liegt daran, dass sie wie viele Ortsnamen deutsch ist. Ich bin also vom Hotel die Grand Rue entlang zum Place Gutenberg und weiter zur Kathedrale. Ich habe ja schon viele dieser Art gesehen. Von dort bin ich weiter zum Palais Rohan und habe dort eines der drei Museen besichtigt. Weiter ging es zu einem kleinen Restaurant im Zentrum, wo ich einen Tisch reserviert hatte. So kurz nach dem Frühstück ... read more
Palais Rohan.
Palais Rohan.
Ponts Couverts.

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg May 19th 2018

Während meiner Zeit in Hannover war vielleicht die A2 meine Stammautobahn. In Frankfurt die A5. Und seitdem ich in München wohne, die A8. Diese bin ich gestern nach Straßburg entlang gefahren. Dabei hoffe ich, dass der Ausbau der A99 davor, der A8 bei Ulm, beim Albaufstieg und bei Pforzheim bald fertig, bzw. überhaupt begonnen wird. Bei Pforzheim hat mich dann auch ein Stau erwischt, aber insgesamt war der Verkehr an diesem Pfingstsamstag angenehm. Das letzte Stück auf der A5 vor dem Ziel ist seit einiger Zeit auch dreispurig. In Straßburg bin ich dann zum Europaviertel, wo ich schon mal bei meinem ersten Besuch alleine im Jahr 1995 war. Damals wie gestern habe ich etwas verloren das Europaparlament gesucht. Das Gebäude des Europarates findet man relativ schnell und gestern bin ich wieder einmal suchend darum herum gelaufen, ... read more
Der Europarat.
Das Europaparlament.
In der Nähe von Petite France.

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg March 18th 2018

Strasbourg, also known as Capitale De Noel (Christmas Capital) is a must visit around the winter festive period. We visited during the Xmas break of 2017. The timing could have been better, as we were bang in the middle of the holiday period from Xmas eve to St. Stephen's day (celebrated on 26th of December in Alsace region). The shops were closed and many were resting at home spending time with their families. Yet, we found our own ways to walk around and explore. From Paris, we took the rather long and tiring bus route to Strasbourg on the 24th of December. If we are to go there again, we would either drive or take a train. On reaching Strasbourg around 5 PM, we rushed to the famous Christmas Market to explore it as much as ... read more
Vin chaud
Cathedral Notre dame de Strasbourg
Another view of the cathedral

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg June 4th 2017

Short stay in Strasbourg Taxi to the train station was way cheaper than the reverse trip from the train station, didn't get charged for luggage for a start and base charge was under 30 francs, proves we had a rip off artist originally. Our train tickets didn't have carriage or seat numbers and we had heaps of time so decided to check it out with the ticket office, turns out our connecting train from Basil to Strasbourg had been cancelled, nice of someone to advise us! Fortunately the gentleman who served us was excellent and he sorted out a new connection which departed less than an hour later than the original one and explained that the station in Basel was undergoing renovation and our train would leave from a platform that was not part of the ... read more

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