Thursday, November 21, 2013

A walk around Strasbourg, France.

As many of you know, last month we flew to Germany to attend our niece's wedding.  After all the celebrations Gregg and I took a drive to Strasbourg, about an-hour-and-a-half drive from where we were staying. After we had parked our rental car we took a walk near the river.  The last time I was in Strasbourg was about 20 years ago.

We had plenty of company.  Beside dozens of tourists there were many dogs being taken for a walk.  Our four-legged friend's coat was wet, he must also have had a swim shortly before I took this photo.....

and he had company, a young swan and his family..... 

assuming lifeguard duty?  You may have seen them in a previous post.

I remember taking a ride on a river boat last time.  It was a beautiful ride, but as our stay was relatively short we wanted to stick to the side streets and browse.

Below you can see a window and balcony of the Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace).  If you go here you will be able to see what it looks like.  It was erected between 1731 and 1742.  Louis XV stayed in the palace, as did Marie Antoinette in 1770.  In the early 1800s Napoleon Bonapart also stayed here, and some of the rooms were changed to suit the tastes of his wife Josephine.  Can you just see them on that balcony, or peeking out of those windows?  The building now holds three of the most important museums in Strasbourg.

I found the rooftops fascinating.

We headed for the Cathedral and picked one of the many outside cafes on the other side of the square.  There were all kinds of crepes on the menu.  Sorry, I can't show you pictures because I seem to have lost several photographs from this day.  It happens!  I have had time to get over it after kicking myself royally for being so careless.   Ah well, instead let me show you the street performers.  No not Gregg, I can't ever see him doing that but he was really interested in......

this fellow who was heading across the square.

He was a mime.  Gregg doesn't usually go near mimes (or clowns) sorry to say and yes, I say this to make him smile when he reads my post.  He, the mime and not Gregg, blew kisses at us, followed by a very slow thumbs up.  He repeated this several times but ever so 
Mimes don't move very fast do they? 

His partner was across the street.  If you dropped a coin in her can you could get your photo taken with her.  She was wearing a brighter gold than the chap opposite.  She literally sparkled in the sun and the kids were having a great time posing for their mum.  

I would love to know what she was thinking at this point.  I think I would be saying, "Give me a coin and I'll blow you a kiss and give you a thumbs up" or "Come over and I'll let your kids have their photo taken with me", more likely "Good grief this is hot work, have you got a bottle of water on you, I need a glass of water" as I'm waving furiously and being way too fast for a mime and far too talkative.  Yes, I'd probably be complaining and I wouldn't make a very good mime because mimes don't talk do they?  I wouldn't last half an hour in that sun, in that heat, in that gold paint, in that heavy looking costume, glistening in the sun like she was.  It was a hot afternoon as it turned out. I hope they both got a lot of coins that day, they were working hard and people were enjoying them.  FYI, Gregg laughed when he read that I thought it was hot.  He said everyone had their coats on and that only I would think it hot.  Well, I could have taken mine off I told him, and it was hot!

It was time to move on.....

plenty of hotel signs around here....

A few more scenes as we made our way back to the car.

Vintage dolls and a few other toys.

These trams ran regularly and.....

 so did the dogs.

This old dear was moving a little more slowly.  I knew how he felt.  Just before I started traveling I sprained my knee badly on our front steps (before they were fixed) and after quite a long walk around, my knee was once again pitching a fit.  My over-the-counter pain relieving pills became my very good friend for the time I was away. Thankfully things are slowly returning back to normal.

This is a first for me and probably people who live in cities have seen it before, but I have never witnessed a long ladder with an automatic lift transporting a very large piece of furniture up the side of a building.  No doubt the only way to get anything large into the building is through the apartment window.  I wonder if they have ever lost anyone's furniture?  I think I saw that they had blocked a portion of the side walk off down below.  Very wise!

We saw a few police personnel while in the city.  If the officer below looks a little strange it is because I didn't think it proper to put her on here without changing her features a bit. I have also given her glasses. My apologies for making her look like an alien who would be quite at home in Area 51.  She was actually a pretty young lady.

I didn't have to worry about these officers.

And there they go.

One last look at the river before we drove back to meet up with our family.

I hope you have enjoyed your mini tour around the center of Strasbourg.  I will have some Cathedral pictures at another time.