Ah, finally. The trouble with having a sweet-ass new camera means that the number of pictures I took two weeks ago in Strasbourg was a bit higher than the last few trips I’ve taken. And since I’m an indecisive person and would rather spend my time outside (I’m writing this on our Bierbank* in the garden, actually), then sit inside writing long-winded weekend recaps, a photo essay it is.
I’ve broken it down into a few categories, and as per usual, just click on a picture to view the entire gallery complete with whatever captions I feel like throwing in there. First though, a teaser picture, and the rest you find after the jump….
Our first impression of the city was the walk along the river to our flat. Fitting, as the central part of the city (and therefore the touristy stuff), is on an island surrounded by rivers.
Probably the most-photographed part of Strasbourg is its “Le Petit France” area, which was really beautiful, and we’ll get to that in a second, have no fear. Before that though, here are some shots from the rest of town, where you were hard-pressed to find a building that wasn’t interesting in one way or another.
Right near our house was the International School of Strasbourg. Considering the city is the home to the EU Parliament, I imagine they have extra need for an impressive international school. I want to go here, I mean, it looks like French Hogwarts!
Le Petit France, or, My Love Affair with Fachwerk Continues
Most of these were from the cobblestoned, wooden shuttered area of LPF, but Fachwerk was to be found everywhere in the city. So some pictures came from elsewhere.
Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve been in a serious cathedral. We have beautiful churches here in Nbg, and they are not exactly small, but they can’t compete with the sheer grandeur of this one. If you want to get your flying buttress and gargoyle-filled Gothic architecture fix, head on down to Strasbourg.
I take pictures of doors wherever I go, so here are a few I found interesting. I’m particularly fond of doors with dates over them, so you can see a few of those below.
Quite a few streets were festooned with hanging crests. Some I think were just advertisements for shops in the streets, and some seemed to mark historical events, but quite a few I’m not sure about. Perhaps local guilds? Clue me in if you know!
Saturday morning we checked out the local Flea/Antiquities Market, which is conveniently located right next to the Farmer’s Market. Both were busy but some of those people had to majorly commit to waiting in line for their ham. The lines were long, but with the smells wafting from the butcher stands or the bread stands, I could understand why.
There wasn’t a ton of street art or graffiti in Strasbourg, but we did see a few small samplings around town…
No real category for these things, I just liked them. 🙂
Have you been to Strasbourg? If not, have I been convincing? 😉
*Picnic table, but in true German fashion the name references the drinking of beer.