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Jun 10, 2016 - Friday visit to Strasbourg

This is a big city and our guide bock earns its cost. It advised parking outside at a park near a tram stop and riding in. Worked like a charm and cost $6 for the day park and two return tram tickets. Strasbourg's claim to fame is a massive old cathedral with a clock that has statues that come out at 12:30. We paid our money, waited an hour and ........ should not have bothered. The one in the Powerhouse museum is better. Never mind. Lots to see and learn about as we wandered this city that escaped most of the bombs during WW2. Lunch must...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Thursday: St Colombe to Borghiem (somewhere in Alsace)

We have got these freeways nailed. Such a smooth trip even though every single truck in Europe was on our roads. Last long trip was on Sunday and all the trucks were off the road. Maybe there is some law? Found our new home and had time to explore two nearby villages. Again our "French" entertained all we met. Our host is very generous and met us with a tray of goodies. There is so much food here and the facilities are great. Very comfortable. One food gift was spaghetti made from potatoes. I asked if it was a German or French - with a...

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May 28, 2016 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. It is on France’s northeastern border just a few miles from the border with Germany. Strasbourg's historic city center, the Grande Ile, was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city center. SOFITEL STRASBOURG GRANDE ILE This five star hotel is located perfectly on the northern edge of Grand Ile that makes for easy walks, site seeing, shopping,...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Strasbourg, France

23 June 2014 Our first port of call on the River Cruise is Strasbourg. We are transferred off our river boat on to a long boat with panoramic windows, as our boat is too large to negotiate the Ille River around the old medieval town of Strasbourg. Strasbourg France is situated on the border of France and Germany and is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is also the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Our mini cruise takes us passed the buildings where the...

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May 31, 2014 - Strasbourg Day 3

Our first task this morning was to re-visit the Cathedral Strasbourg early enough to avoid the expected crowds. We had previously been unable to examine the Transept and spent some time examining the Mount of Olives sculpture ( circa 14th century), the baptismal font and the single surviving Romanesque column. The south side of the transept contains the well known astronomical clock and has a single highly decorated column mirroring the Romanesque column in the north transept. The clock and it's many measurements were well beyond our...

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May 30, 2014 - Strasbourg Day 2

Heads were a little fuzzy this morning as we departed the hotel soon after 0900hrs. We eventually found a cafe for a sit down coffee and croissant; the croissants are as nice here as everywhere else in France. The second planned activity of the day, to climb the cathedral, has been replaced by a 40 minute, mini train tour of the city; the equivalent of a hop on/ can't hop off tour. The train is hampered by cars and people but eventually makes its way around the older city. An interesting trip with a reasonable audio description. The actual...

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May 29, 2014 - Strasbourg

We had breakfast in the hotel before setting of at 0955 hrs for Colmar which was 9 km's north of last night's accommodation. Our host was a very pleasant lady who explained the presence of the Cigogne Stork, which nestles on the roof tops of the village and is displayed prolifically throughout the souvenir shops as a red and white soft toy. The drive was made easy by the absence of traffic for that time of the day and we had no problem finding a carpark. Initially, there were very few people in the streets or in the town which had us...

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May 19, 2014 - Strasbourg, France

Didn't sleep much last night but up at 5:30am for pick up by Easy Dream to transport us to the Strasbourg Pier. We left the hotel at 7:30am traveling through the beautiful country side of both France and Germany stopping twice along the way for potty breaks. Along the way we passed by farmland, small villages, French and German cows, one French rabbit, tree farms, and windmills. All through the trip the assist bus driver snoozed. 𯒤𯒤𯒤𯒤𯒤𯒤 he got more sleep than me!! We arrived a little early (2:30pm) to the River boat so had to wait in...

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Paris to the Alps

May 19, 2014 - Paris to Strasbourg and board River Cruise Ship

May 19th I Really like Paris ❤️ Before leaving Paris we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, however interrupted by our pickup bus driver saying we leave at 7 am, trying to explain we were told 7:20. None the less we scurried to gather our things! As we picked up other hotel passengers, we could view other parts of the city. Every building is either stores, cafés , or apartments, no houses in the city. Continuing our drive we go out of the city to get on A4 interstate and view beautiful farmland, much like USA. Just heard it's a 5...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Heidelberg & Rudesheim

Heidelberg castle and old town tours in am, back on boat for lunch and short sail to Rudesheim where we wandered by ourselves, finding a local spot for wine and dinner, then more wandering, found another wine shop, and snapps shop, back to boat by 10pm.

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Apr 29, 2014 - Strasbourg & wine tasting in Obernai France

Tour in Strasbourg in am, tour to Obernai in pm, another great dinner on board. At lunch, Kathy replied "nothing" to the "desert?" Question from waiter. See picture#6 for what she got. We tasted 4 of the 7 wines/grapes of the area and discovered a Gerwitziminer snapps but could not taste test. Price was prohibitive. Maybe tomorrow in another shop I will relent and chance a bottle. Tomorrow is Heidleburg. Sorry that the dinner menu pictures do not show up well.

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Dec 15, 2013 - Strasbourg, France Christmas Market

The four of us also went to the Strasbourg Christmas Market. It was HUGE. It is the oldest Christmas Market in Europe. Anthony did wonderfully driving across the country line- which is almost like driving across state lines- no one stops you. We parked at a park and ride and caught a bus into town. We walked around- ate pizza and bought a few things. It was really worth the trip just to say "we went to France for the day". The town also has a Notre Dame Cathedral which is very similar to the famous one in Paris- they both have a beautiful...

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