Linda and Marks trip to France and Spain travel blog

Hombre de Fer

Tram Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loudly and slowly - I-would-like...


Off to downtown Strasbourg by tram, only 20 minutes away. It was a good decision to get out of town to a suburb without the noise and bustle of a big city.

The tram is a hoot, one ever five minutes and a delight to ride. Strasbourg is an island and the only UNESCO world heritage city in the world. It is home to the European Parliament and many others EU offices.

The first place we visit is ‘Le Petit France’, a lovely little original area un-spoilt by the carnage of war. We stroll along the canal with river-boats navigating along using the locks.

Mark wants traditional Alsace-German food so we make our way to a square (there are many on the island) and order sausage, ham, sauerkraut, mustard, coffee and wine at a restaurant, sitting outside on November 5 with the sun shining, in tee shirts and everyone else huddled in thick coats. Aha, hearty North Americans, that we are Jim lad!

The city is also home to the second largest of University students in France: 53,000 in all, and, like rabbits – they’re everywhere. Sitting is a circle in the plaza - eating their baguette's, walking down the streets arm-in-arm – wonderful.

As with North America, France is a nation of nations. Strasbourg IS France but its so very different. Marks French is pretty bad but usually he gets understood but here, well they just look with blank stares, but we do get by. There's nothing like grunts and charades to get your point across.

We wander past stores with names we recognize from back home however we come across a light store. Linda just has to go in and we by a lovely lit up globe with red peonies on the outside.

We find a typical candy store, all items for $2.00/100 grams so we load up and wander the city before taking the tram back to the burbs.

We watch TV. As last night, there are programs regarding WWII. Why are we astounded by French appreciation and gratitude to America, Canada and France for their liberation? Every night there is film footage which we have never seen before. I guess it’s because we are coming up to November 11. Why haven’t we seen this footage before? The French are very grateful – even today. Even if we don’t understand French, we get it, regardless of language.



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