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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

  • Day19

    Robertsau

    September 8, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Young Ilona stayed on for another night in Strasbourg to let herself continue to recover... but rest of us hit the road

    So today was very easy riding along flood dykes...
    Not much new scenery

  • Day11

    Strasbourg (FR)

    July 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Big day today with 140 km. So far nine days on the bike and 1,088 km clocked.

    The past two days have been sweltering with today reaching 36 °C. Doesn't help much starting early as you still on the bike in the midday heat. I knew my "Rehydrate" would come in handy at some stage.

    Found a bike shop on route to carry out some much needed repairs which cost me about two hours.

    Somewhere today I crossed the border into France.
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