Lost in Strasbourg
September 23, 2014

Strasbourg is an easy city to get lost in, and lose ourselves we did. It’s easy to understand why. The cathedral alone is intoxicating both inside and out and possesses an amazing magnetic draw. It’s simply hard to walk away from. The canals likewise, lined with stonework and filled with the city’s watery reflections  are immensely alluring.  All else, including the pedestrian cobblestone shopping streets, the busy plazas and an enormous, age old carousel, seem to pale by comparison.

But what really did it to us was the tiny, hidden gelato shop on a short, lower level canalside walkway leading to a steel bridge. There, we ordered  paper cups full of hazelnut/mocha and fell into a heavenly state of oblivion as walked along the waterway.

By the time we realized we had no idea where we were it was too late to find and reach our destination, so despite walking at full tilt we missed our connection and found ourselves in a taxi, reaching the river boat just before the evening meal.

Losing ourselves was only temporary but definitely something we should work at doing more often.

 

 

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Interior of churc

Interior of church

Stronghold gates

Stronghold gates

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Strasbourg's central plaza

Strasbourg’s central plaza

Canals

Canals

 

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A Little Wine Village
August 10, 2014

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Storks and young

Storks and young ones

image Enchanting beyond belief, here’s a tiny wine village in Alsace, where the villagers maintain and preserve the local storks that return every year to add to their nests and to hatch their young. Stork nests have been known to weigh in at a ton–imagine that. Whatever that nesting material consists of, the local people  make sure there is plenty of it available, along with their preferred nutrients, enticing them to return year after year.

Extraordinary handmade goods, especially holiday ornaments and wooden carousels, including handsewn items and speciality bakery, cheese and wine products  also abound.

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