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

 

Moments in Zurich
August 26, 2014

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Zurich

Zurich

Traveling  through  my favorite moments in Zurich, beginning with a walk along the clear, green river and pedestrian street, in search of an outdoor cafe for lunch. This on our way to the Lake, the stunning stained glass church windows by Chagall  and the Old Town cobblestone streets.

The river is gloriously clear and inviting, with swimmers breast- stroking their way along in the most relaxing fashion, just stroking the morning along with a little exercise.

The  lake water here is potable and available to everyone in the numerous fountains dotted all around the city. People can be seen filling up their water bottles as they pass by, and the water, by the way, is delicious beyond belief –not polluted, not treated– just free and available to everyone.

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