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  • Day1026

    A day in Strasbourg

    April 18 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Between our campsite in Kehl, Germany and Strasbourg city centre, France, there is an excellent network of cycle paths so we decided to cover the 7km distance on the tandem. The clear skies and warm weather forecast for Easter had arrived and we looked forward to a day exploring. It wasn't long before we reached a park running along both sides of the River Rhine. The Garden of the Two Banks is linked by a striking white suspension pedestrian and bike bridge (The Bridge of the Two Banks). On the German bank it is known as Der Garten der Zwei Ufer and Jardin des Deux Rives on the French bank.

    With Vicky using the Maps.Me app and Will steering, we followed a series of dedicated bike lanes, sometimes running between two tram routes, to arrive at Strasbourg's magnificent red sandstone, Notre Dame Cathedral. Sitting on the sunny side of the square, we relaxed and spent time taking in the many details of the towering gothic architecture; the stained glass, the statues of knights and the decorative stone openwork on the windows and spires that added a delicacy to the structure.

    Despite the fact that it was easter, there was a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Sure, we saw a few large tourist groups, but there were never so many people as to stiffle. A queue began to form to view the astronomical clock but the rest of the cathedral, including the tower, was closed so we wheeled the tandem around the square, admiring prodigious half timbered buildings, their steep rooves dotted with dormer windows.

    Moving on to La Place Gutenberg we found a fast food stall selling sustenance from a wide range of nations; sauerkraut, sausages, churros, donuts, frites... The high spirited server conversed in what we took to be a mix of French and German, although looking back we may well have been hearing the local Alsation language. Will used an adaptive 'Freutch' to order and five minutes later we were sitting at a long table with red gingham plastic cloth, tucking into our veggie pizza and Tarte Flambée; a speciality of the region. The square also held an easter stall, selling crafted eggs, bunnies, chicks and storks. We've noticed a number of these large birds since arriving in Alsace. Seen as a symbol of fertility and said to bring good luck, they are an important element of Alsatian culture and featured in many of the souvenirs on offer around the city. Another thing that stood out was the number of small tablecloths for sale. Shops were making the most of the reputation of locally produced Beauvillé linen, something we were happy about because it meant there were a range of tea towels available, one of which we chose to represent France in our collection.

    Moving on, we admired the easter displays. The ones above shop windows were particularly impressive. Soon we arrived at the cobbled lanes of La Petite France, an incredibly beautiful quarter of Strasbourg, steeped in history and populated by quaint half timbered, waterside houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. The area is centered on three short sections of canalised river. They lay adjacent to one another and their flow drove water mills that were the main source of power for the flour industry that thrived here alonside tanners and fishers. We hopped back and forth accross sweet stone bridges spanning the canals, then used the comparatively long, covered bridge, Barage Vauban, to cross the River Ill a short way downstream. Inside, the light coloured stone, dark wood and way the light fell, gave the effect of waking through a small church nave, with space off to either side separated into rectangular rooms. These could easily have been used to house retail outlets such as on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, but we liked that most had been left empty, with some used to store large stone statues. We liked it even more that the bridge allowed access to its rooftop walkway, from where you could peer over the sedum moss for great views of fairytale Petite France.

    Cycling along a leafy riverside track, it wasn't long before we arrived at the final place Vicky had highlighted on the map; the Grande Mosquée de Strasbourg, France's largest. After 20 years of political negotiations, the place of worship was completed in 2012 with a distinctive flower petal design. To many it represents a new age of religious tolerance. This was supported to some extent by a large poster on the outskirts of Petite France proclaiming Strasbourg's rejection of intolerance, encouraging people to coexist. We are both atheists, but find it interesting to explore different ways of thinking. We will often admire the architecture on a cathedral and thought it important to see the Grande Mosquée too. We liked its design, but were struck by how small it seemed and the noticeable absence of a minaret. Birmingham Central Mosque, that we are used to passing when back in the West Midlands, can accommodate more than ten times the number of worshippers.

    After cycling back over the Bridge of Two Banks, we were glad to sit and rest. We both really enjoyed our visit to Strasbourg, a beautiful city that seems to have found a good balance, providing well for locals and tourists without destroying its central character. We'll remember it fondly.
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  • Day17

    Strasbourg

    September 6, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    And we made it to Strasbourg....
    Our biggest day of cycling yet... with a neat 76kms done and dusted

    Spent the evening in beautiful Strasbourg.
    The cathedral honestly took my breathe away when I first saw it. It's huge! We saw a cool light show that was projected on the side of the building... Nice eveningRead more

  • Day15

    Strasbourg

    September 12, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    It’s probably not on your list of places to visit in Europe, or even France, but it has been an absolute pleasure. We came to visit friends Cassandra and Steve and their family, and discovered why they left their home in Ottawa several years ago and have no plans to return any time soon. I would be happy hiking a mountain or getting lost in a national park somewhere so I was caught off guard by how attractive this city is. 250k pop, sight of European Parliament, European Court of Human Rights, minutes from the German border and the Black Forest. In the Petit France section of town, I loved taking random turns down tiny alleyways and hopping across the many bridges that span the river. The jewel of the city for me is the Parc de l’Orangerie were we picnicked on our last night. We hope to see Cassandra and Steve’s family again upon our return to Europe in Late April.
    - Geoff
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  • Day93

    Bek- tick & tick!!

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Raced back to the church for the 4.00pm chiming of the astronomical clock! Then climbed the stairs to the top of the church tower! So there are 335 steps up then you need to climb back down again! Just as I was in the bell tower ready to descend the bell chimed- nearly fell down the steps!

  • Day93

    Strasbourg

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Strasbourg is in France although just over the German border so has a slightly mixed culture & heritage. Beautiful old building on the River & canals as well as the Cathedral with the Astronomical Clock inside. All the bridges have flower growing on the sides- beautiful.

  • Day16

    A Merry Widow moment in Strasbourg

    September 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Just a quick addition to our Strasbourg story, especially for Lara’s parents... walking by the Strasbourg Cathedral while the violinist outside plays “Vilja”. I tell Cassandra that I used to listen to that as a child, and she reminds me “who do you think you’re talking to - of course I remember this from your family!” Anyway, here is a little bit - and yes, we compensated the artist...Read more

  • Day16

    Spaziergang durchs nächtlichePetit Franc

    October 13 in France ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Es ist immer noch angenehm sommerlich warm. Gut satt schlendern wir durch die engen Gassen. Touristen und Einheimische bevölkern die Lokale oder treffen sich picknickend am Fluß. Es liegt ein gesprächiges Rauschen in der Luft und wir spüren förmlich, wie alle die letzten warmen Abende genießen. So nehmen wir schon mal einen Vorgeschmack für unser Sieghtseeing morgen mit.Read more

  • Day17

    Strassburg - beeindruckend

    Yesterday in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Wir starten unsere Sightseeingtour mit einer Rundfahrt mit der Bimmelbahn und erhalten so schon den ersten Eindruck der sehr sehenswerten Stadt.
    Danach setzen wir uns erstmal in ein Café direkt am imponierenden Münster, dessen Figuren an der Außenfassaden wir schwebend wirken. Daneben blicken wir unter anderem auf das Maison Kammerzell, einem reichgeschmücktem Haus aus dem 16 Jahrhundert. Solche Schmuckstücke finden sich ganze gassenweise hier.

    Wir verbringen den Tag damit, durch die Altstadt zu tingeln, gehen kurz in einen Barbershop, damit Christian seinen Bart hübsch gestutzt bekommt, essen traditionell Flammkuchen und shoppen ein wenig.

    Natürlich besichtigen wir das Münster - in der Nachmittagssonne kommt das tolle farbige Hauptfenster so richtig zu Geltung.
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  • Day1

    Cathèdrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

    February 11, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌫 2 °C

    ​Sehr beeindruckend auch die "Cathèdrale Notre-Dame de Straßbourg, auch Straßburger Münster, das Wahrzeichen der Stadt, über tausend Jahre alt, mit einem 140 Meter hohem Kirchturm wirkt sie wie eine Mischung aus Kölner Dom und Notre Dame in Paris. Und einer der größten Sandsteinbauten der Welt. Die Größe des Kirchenraumes ist faszinierend, es gibt eine riesige Fensterrose (15m im Durchmesser - hab ich nachgelesen, nicht gemessen) zu bestaunen und spannend fand ich die Astronomische Uhr. Diese gibt es bereits seit dem Mittelalter, sie zeigt mehrere astronomische Zeiten an und mit ihrem großen und komplexen Räderwerk setzt sie mehrere Figuren in Bewegung. Witzig, sie ist nach dem Straßburger Meridian eingestellt. Schlägt es Mittag, ist es bereits 12:30 Uhr.
    ​Direkt am Münsterplatz befindet sich das Haus Kammerzell, das älteste Fachwerkhaus, welches heute ein nobles Restaurant beherbergt. ​
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  • Day1

    Kleine Auszeit - 42 Stunden in Straßburg

    February 11, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    Beruflich eineinhalb Wochen im Saarland unterwegs, da kann Frau an dem dazwischenliegenden Wochenende Freitag Nachmittag nach Hause fahren und sich in die Staus auf der Autobahn einreihen oder Frau gönnt sich eine kleine Auszeit. Ich war schließlich seit sechs Wochen nicht mehr auf Reisen, privat versteht sich.
    Was biete sich an, wenn Frau schon mal an der Grenze zu Frankreich unterwegs ist, die elsässische Hauptstadt Straßburg.
    So habe ich mir spontan ein Bett in einem kleinen Hotel ​​gebucht und dem NAVI gesagt nicht Erfurt sondern Straßburg ist mein Ziel.
    Was ich immer wieder toll finde, Reisen in Europa ist so einfach, ich hab eigentlich nur an den schwer zu lesenden Straßennamen gemerkt, dass ich Deutschland verlassen habe und nach ein paar Kilometern auf der Autobahn hieß es Péage. Daran hatte ich gar​ ​​​​​​​nicht gedacht, Autobahn kostet in Frankreich oft eine Gebühr. Zuerst passiert man die Ticketstation, fährt man dann von der Autobahn ab oder ist die kostenpflichtige Strecke zu Ende​,​ muss man zahlen.
    Hieß für mich, erstmal Stop an der nächsten Raststätte, da sich mein Geldbeutel im Kofferraum in den Untiefen meiner Handtasche befand. Wenn ich den erst an der Mautstation ausgekramt hätte, hätte ich mir ganz viele "Freunde"​gemacht​ oder ein Hupkonzert verursacht​. Das läuft nämlich wie am Schnürchen und selten sitzt an so einer Station noch Personal. 6,50€ kostet die Strecke von Saarbrücken​ nach​ Straßburg.

    ​Wer so gar nicht dabei war, war die Sonne, dann wäre es ein perfektes Wochenende gewesen.

    Straßburg ist wunderschön, vor allem das Viertel "Petite France", Fachwerkhäuser aus dem 16./17. Jahrhundert, die heute viele kleine Geschäfte, Cafe's und Restaurants beherbergen. Das Viertel liegt direkt am Ill und viele kleine Kanäle ziehen sich durch das Viertel. Im Sommer sicher zauberhaft, wenn man draußen, direkt am Wasser sitzen kann. Mir blieb leider nur der Blick nach draußen. Getröstet habe ich mich mit Cafe au lait und Macaron's.
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