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Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg February 25th 2008

I woke up early and took a train to Strasbourg, France. It was about a 6 hour train. From Marseille to Lyon, then Lyon to Strasbourg. Strasbourg is a touristy city but nice none the less. I was able to visit the Strasbourg Cathedral which is huge. Mark (who lived with us in Simi for a year as a German exchange student) and his buddy came to pick me up in Strasbourg and take me to Freiburg. In Freibug, I spent the weekend with Mark and his parents. I was able to speak with his dad in French which was great. They took me on a scenic drive of Freiburg and a hike to the top of a local mountain with a great view. Mark also took me brewery hopping and beer tasting. Mark and his ... read more
Hotels near train station
Strasbourg river
Strasbourg church

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg January 5th 2008

I guess this one's just for me, really. As the last few hours are slipping away I find myself hanging on tightly to those things that have stood out above everything else here in Strasbourg; favourite restaurants, cafés, beautiful walking spots. In the name of keeping my memories alive I have taken photos of all my favourite places in Strasbourg so as to never forget those small things that captured my heart, and that I will miss more than I could have ever imagined. It's a strange feeling to know that I will never again be at this desk, writing a blog, looking out my widow to see white Alsacian houses with wooden details and pointed rooves, reminding me that I am far, far away from home. Not for a very long time will I hear ... read more
Gallia Tram Stop
Rue des Tonneliers
Cobblestone Streets

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg December 27th 2007

Merry Christmas to everyone that I haven't yet had the chance to contact, I hope you had a fantastic day! Once again, the Australians came together to celebrate the festivities by having an "orphans Christmas" for all of us still in Strasbourg. Although, calling it an orphans Christmas doesn't seem as fitting as it did earlier in the year when we planned it, because we've all spent so much time together this year they're starting to feel like family anyway. As with so many other food nights we've had this year, everyone prepared a couple of dishes themselves and brought them to share, making, as always, way too much food. But it was fantastic, we had such a large variety of things to choose from, even sushi! We stuffed ourselves silly, drank too much wine, laughed ... read more
Petite France
Petite France
Christmas markets

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg November 18th 2007

These pictures are from the day before Randy left. We traveled to Strasbourg France!! Although these pictures are just from the journey to Strasbourg, not the city because my camera batteries died.... read more
At a train stop
Zugverkehr beachten!

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg November 10th 2007

Well, it's official, the countdown has begun. Two months from now I'll be arriving back in Australia. I'm so torn between being excited to get back, earning money again and finishing my degree, and being incredibly sad to be leaving this beautiful city that has so quickly become my home. I keep trying to tell myself that two months is still a long time, but my subconsciousness is already preparing. I'm having dreams about being back in Australia and waking up a bit panicky, then realising with relief that I'm still here. I guess the best thing about going home is the fact that it'll be nice and hot in January. It's starting to get so cold here, and it gets dark so early. Most days I don't leave home without a scarf, and the gloves ... read more
Strasbourg Plage - Sans La Plage
Funniest bus name ever!!
And no, it's not a joke!

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg November 4th 2007

If It were possible to choose various countries and regions for this entry I certainly would... but alas. I have belatedly decided to start a blog, to keep people friends and family updated on my life and keep track of what I have done and where I have been, which has already taken up a good chunk of my old-fashioned hand-written journal. I will try to condense it here. Strasbourg I have been in France for over two months now and have taking advantage of every opportunity to travel and see more of Europe. I live in Strasbourg, Alsace which is a gorgeous city. If you are travelling in Europe, add it to your list. I believe it to be underrated, but that may just be the egoism of a foster- strasbourgeoise talking! The main reason ... read more
Strasbourg Cathedral

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg October 16th 2007

16th October 2007 - Strasbourg We took a walk around the city in the general direction of the Botanical Gardens, following the river Ill. Never made it to the gardens, but enjoyed the walk anyway. Had to try to get back to the main Cathedral before midday to meet Al and Melissa so we could get and see the astronomical clock do it’s stuff. Strasbourg is a lovely city, had to laugh at the sign on the banks of the river at a café with deck chairs set out in the sun - Strasbourg Plage (Sans la Plage), the Strasbourg Beach (Without the beach). The clock is a wonder to watch and midday and midnight are naturally the best time to view it do the business. There is a parade of figures and sounds supposedly set ... read more
Around Strasbourg
Around Strasbourg
Around Strasbourg

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg October 8th 2007

I can't believe I was dreading going back to uni! I had so much fun during the summer holidays that I didn't want them to end, but now that I’m back at uni I’m really enjoying myself and am glad to be back. Although it was great spending lazy days wandering around Strasbourg and occasionally popping off to different European cities, having a schedule to follow once again is actually a welcome change. It’s making me feel like I have a purpose in life again! This semester is a lot more intense than the previous one because this time round, instead of taking mostly classes for foreigners, I’m in with the French students taking real university courses. I took one course for French students last semester but I was so frightened I’d rock up to class ... read more
Autumn in Strasbourg
Autumn in Strasbourg
Autumn in Strasbourg

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 30th 2007

My journey from Tampere to London was an arduous one. The flight was around 2 hours and 40 minutes long. After half an hour going through immigration (things would be so much easier with an EU passport) and baggage pick up, the bus from London Stansted Airport to Victoria Station was 70 minutes and then after waiting 20 minutes for the night bus, it took a further 25 minutes to get to Nicola's flat in Ladbroke Grove. I finally arrived at the flat at 3am - which would've been 5am Finnish time. So as you can imagine, I was absolutely exhausted. The next two days were spent sleeping and on my laptop - reloading my iPod (yay!) and catching up on blog entries and emails. Then on September 28th, it was back on the road (or ... read more
Anais, myself and Kwak
Palais du Rhin
Strasbourg Cathedral

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg July 21st 2007

Today we took a day trip to Strasbourg, which is right on the French/German border. I was very excited because I got to use my French phrasebook for the first time :) I couldn't tell you much about the car trip because first of all, I hadn't been to bed yet. Harry Potter was released at midnight and I'm one of those geeky individuals that waited in line at the bookstore (or in my case, what passes for a bookstore at the PX) until they were allowed to sell the book at midnight. I had been up all night reading it and finished the last of it in the car on the way to France. It was VERY good, by the way. If you haven't read the books yet you really should (I'm sure Matt is ... read more
A better shot of the cathedral
The streets of Strasbourg

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