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Sep 15, 2011 - Bon jour from Strasbourg!

Train from Stuggart to Strasbourg. Great train system out here, much better than the US. Fast, clean, efficient. Got into Strasbourg yesterday. Wi fi was not working so I'm behind on my entries. Strasbourg is so darn cute! It's like the french part of epcot center but its real! Mom is loving it. Says "charming" all the time. Just when i just started getting used to hearing german, we crossed the border and now its all French. Everyone here has been really nice so far, not the stereotype of mean French. We are trying to break the US...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Today was hectic and my shoe blew

Hello Being it is almost midnight...this is just a check in. The kids are doing great. We saw many interesting things today and head for Verdun and Paris tomorrow. I will do another 2 parter then because I am so tired I cannot spell. Just know that it was a very full and intense day and now we are all relaxed. talk with you soon. Frau

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May 21, 2011 - Day seven of Alsace bike ride - Strasbourg

Day 7 was the return trip to Strasbourg (40km). Our last day and what do you know, other set of hills! Oh well these are the last. My horrible husband wouldn't push my bike up the hill. Apparently it wasn't big enough. Can't win them all I suppose. We went past a couple of wineries but I think we were all ready just to get back, even though we have all had fun. After we left the hills and the last of the villages we were riding along the canals that surround Strasbourg. With our panniers packed with baguettes, cheese, fois gras and wine we...

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May 13, 2011 - Strasbourg

Arrived in Strasbourg with credit cards cancelled and only a little euro. Never mined it was beer o'clock anyway - all good. Spent the rest of the day trying to arrange new credit cards and itemising what was in the wallet. Final got through and the new card was on it's way. Be here in two working days -woohoo. Dinner that night was a birthday dinner as 3 of us had birthdays in May. The restaurant was in Petite France and one we had gone to on our trip in 2008. Had a great night and they even brought out sparklers for those who had...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Strasbourg Christmas Markets and Cathedral

One day and night in Strasbourg to take in the famous Christmas markets and gawk in awe at the impressively tall Cathedral spire, which was the tallest building in Christiandom until relatively recently (19th century). Tres Gothic. Of course, we're thinking of you, Peter and Diane! It was a bit drizzly and foggy and the tip of the spire literally disappeared from view into the fog! We supped on Bretzle (real giant Pretzels) and roasted chestnuts (me) and sweet doughnuty things and drank mulled wine (me) while wandering the markets this...

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Dec 9, 2010 - Freudanstadt to Colmar

Woke up this morning to the coldest temperatures yet, -4 degrees. The car was covered in snow and ice, and the roadway was slippery as hell. Spent 1/2 an hour trying to clear the ice from the windows (a most painful experience - snow is C-O-L-D!!!!!). Finally got the windows clear enough to start driving and head for France. Quite a nerva wracking experience. Dense fog, snow covered roads, and ice made for a very slow trip out of the alps. Wasn't long before we had crossed the border (again no passport stamp) and into the flat country of...

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Nov 5, 2010 - Strasbourg - day 2

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...

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Nov 4, 2010 - Strasbourg

We get out for a walk early as Colmar, for its size is a rich little place. We look for work by their famous resident, the 19th century prolific sculptor, A. Bartholdi. In particular, we visit the small scale replica of Lady Liberty, (100 feet high) the piece he created that was ultimately gifted to the U.S.A, i.e. the Statue of Liberty. We also seek out the Unterlinden Museum in which is the huge Issenheim Altarpiece created in the 1500’s, depicting various realistic scenes from the New Testament; it is acclaimed as one of the most...

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Aug 24, 2010 - Strasbourg Archives

My big day at the Strasbourg Archives. Some of you may know that I was unsure if or how this day would unfold when I first thought of coming to Alsace to possibly discover more about my paternal great-grandfather’s family. All of the things I had heard about searching for French, especially Alsatian, records indicated that I would be lucky to find anything here. First there is the fact that Alsace was tossed back and forth between Germany and France. Second is that all the records were supposedly in the churches in the village where the...

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Oct 26, 2009 - Strasbourg

There seems to be a dearth of cheaper hotels in Switzerland, or else we are not recognising the right places, so we are off back into France, fast becoming a favourite destination. Meandered our way north after crossing the border and ended up in Strasbourg, at, of all places, the Ibis Hotel for two nights. Right in the centre of the city, with an underground carpark, and a special winter deal - that suited us fine. The city is so nice we have stayed two nights, and it was a great spot to celebrate my birthday. Took a cruise around the...

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Oct 21, 2009 - ....Strasbourg

....Strasbourg France From Heidelberg we drove to Strasbourg. As we were driving things suddenly became French. There was a different feel and a different language. Not that I was much good at either. Strasbourg was nice. The cathedral was impressive with another tower for me to climb. There was a Strasbourg card that let you quite a few touristy things. We climbed the tower, took a tram car ride, did a boat cruise and saw a show about the cathedral. Strasbourg was cute. There were lots of little buildings and streets and canals to go...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Strasbourg, France

At 3:00 a.m. we pushed off from Speyer and were on our way to Strasbourg, France. It was a beautiful morning – I don’t mean 3:00 a.m. Believe me, how would I know. I don’t have a goal on river cruises of getting up at 3:00 in the morning. No, no, I mean at a reasonable time after breakfast; like 8:30 a.m. So I plopped down on the top deck with the intent of working on this journal. Of course, I wasn’t working on yesterday’s adventures in Heidelberg and Speyer. No way man. I wasn’t nearly that far along in recording our travels. Oh, and a...

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