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Jun 19, 2019 - Strasbourg, and more

Wednesday, June 19 In the morning we visited Strasbourg. On the way into town, we went through an area where many storks nest on the rooftops. We also passed the building that houses the EU parliament. It is designed to resemble the coliseum in Rome, complete with broken top. Here we did go into the cathedral. Very impressive! It is like Notre Dame in Paris (before the fire). Except it only has one spire--they never finished the other one. Inside there is an astronomical clock built in the fifteenth century--it allowed them to...

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Dec 28, 2018 - 60, the ‘burgs’ (Freiburg and Strasbourg) and Basel

My 60th birthday was spent in two countries - the morning in Colmar, France and the evening in Freiburg, Germany. To celebrate that I’m still a child at heart (!), I went to the toy museum in Colmar; it had a great exhibition of space-related toys and games, mechanical toys (remember those wind-up cycling monkeys?) and my favourite childhood toy, meccano. On my birthday, I also saw two groups of the ‘yellow vest’ protestors who continue to demonstrate against the French government. Arriving in Freiburg, I was warmly congratulated by the...

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Dec 17, 2018 - Strasbourg

Today we were in Strasbourg. There was a lot of discussion given the shootings last week, but we were assured that we were safe. Old town Strasbourg is really beautiful with churches and buildings dating back to the 1300s and 1400s. We took a boat trip on the Ill, a tributary of the Rhine that goes through Strasbourg. It was a fun trip and a great way to see more of Stasbourg. We walked into the old town and found Xmas markets in multiple places. Their Xmas decorations are amazing and we saw all the lights that would be on at night. We...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Strasbourg

Light rain got us underway for our easy drive on to France and except for a few areas the traffic was light although motorbikes became more noticeable to the point of making us envious. That envy was short lived when temperatures dropped to 6C. Suddenly we were quite happy to sit back with the heater on, enjoy our situation and hope that the bike riders had heated grips and seats. Vineyards dominated most of the drive especially around the Rhine which we crossed unexpectedly. The slopes and valleys were full of grapes and looked...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Strasbourg

Near perfect autumn weather was the order of the day as we set out to explore more of Europe west of the Alps. And we got it in spades. Fresh, sunny and around 23C. We were spoilt again with great rural roads and almost no traffic. Travelling on Saturdays is by far the best time but not always possible. It wasn't long before we were in the champagne region and Gilli was salivating.

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Sep 12, 2018 - Free Day in Strasbourg

Sept. 12: A whole day to explore the treasures of Strasbourg. What luxury. Today was my day to visit the cathedral, an edifice begun in then 1000s and completed over the next 500 years. When you see the intricate stone carvings covering every inch of the exterior, you can see why it took so long. Generations after generations of stone carvers handed down the rights to continue working on the cathedral. It towers over the city, always letting one know which direction one is heading relative to the giant spire—second in height only to the...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg was our destination this morning for a 3 mile “do as the locals do” walk through the old part of the city ending up at the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral (note – almost every large town/city as a Notre Dame Cathedral – I always thought the one in Paris was the only one). The buildings in the old part were from the 13th through 15th centuries. The amount of timber on the front of the house indicated how wealthy the family was. We stopped for two “tastings” - the first was at a gingerbread shop where the lady makes 27 different...

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Mar 25, 2018 - Winter Break with my Parents

After my visit to Cambridge (see the previous post), I returned to France, where I was able to spend the rest of the week with my parents. (and to try to impress them with my French-speaking abilities!) Despite worries about strikes, we got through our travels just fine in the end and it was a delight to be able to see them on the other side of the Atlantic. I spent a day with each of them separately in Aix (they came and left on different days due to work schedules), and in between, while we were all together, we visited Marseille and...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Farewell Main Land Europe

Hi Everyone The beauty of the Swiss Alps beckoned so we spent a few days just driving around Switzerland, enjoying the breath taking scenery. Into the mountains we ventured, up the Grimselpass we drove, along a narrow road that snaked its way up the mountainside, twisting and turning, with over 12 hairpin bends. Paul kept his nerve as he steered our van around these tight bends with not a barrier in sight and a sheer drop to valley floor far below. We passed cyclists on the way up the mountainside. These mad people were peddling for all...

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Dec 12, 2016 - Strasbourg

Arrived early in Kehl. After breakfast off to Strasbourg. Wonderful walk through the Old Town - entire central island is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. La Petite France is beautiful. Large Xmas markets. Lunch tried the Flambe Tart - I can feel a French lunch outdoors at my place when I get home. Beautiful place. Security very high - bag checkpoints and lots of police on all streets. Felt a bit uneasy. But lovely day - beautiful place.

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Sep 28, 2016 - Sept 23 - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg France Early departure for a city tour of Strasbourg, France. We had a lovely tour on a "small" boat around the canals of Strasbourg - it was a great way to get a sense of the city. It really is a lovely city. Then some free time in the old city centre in the area of the Cathedral. Strasbourg is home of the EU's Parliament so has many new buildings - some rather interesting architecture to contrast the Gothic architecture of the old town. We had lunch at a restaurant on the river in town - not the greatest idea Avalon ever had -...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Day 10 Cycle Tour Dambach-la-Ville to Strasbourg

Overview Nice Belgian cyclist and his wife fixed my broken pannier he had a little bolt which is too long but works. Easy cycling thru vineyards and very old villages Train into Strasbourg for last bit of ride and get to bike shop for various things including trying to get my pannier fixed with proper replacement bolt. Had no luck. Bike shop busy and guy too stressed even to find right bolt for my pannier. Leanne gave up on her problem and so did I. Route Dambach-la-ville, Andlau, Barr, Gertwiller, Obernai, Bischoffsheim, Rosheim,...

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