Strasbourg Journals

Bienvenue au Alsace!

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A May 2011 trip to Strasbourg by Wildcat Dianne

Close up of Carousel Horse in Strasbourg Photo, Strasbourg, France More Photos
Quote: This is the penultimate journal of my 2011 European adventure. Enjoy my latest adventures in Colmar and Strasbourg, the heart and soul of Alsace, France.

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg

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Attraction | "Back Breakingly Beautiful and Breathtaking."

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Notre Dame de Strasbourg is a "gigantic and delicate marvel."--Victor HugoWhen I was growing up in Rhode Island, there was a TV special on PBS that ran for a couple of weeks about the history of French cathedrals called "Cathedral!" It involved live action and animation and there were historians talking about the history of the construction of Notre Dame de Paris and other French Cathedrals in between animated segments of the construction of a Gothic cathedral in the fictional French town of Beaulieu. Several famous British actors such as Derek Jacobi and Brian Blessed provided the voices of some of the characters, and I learned a lot about the history of French Gothic ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2011

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Cathedral Square
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg: The Heart of Alsace

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Carousel Horse in Strasbourg Photo, Strasbourg, France
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After a few hours in Colmar, I took the train 40 miles north to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace and the heart of this famous region of Eastern France. After getting off the train and walking through the old train station whose exterior looks modern with its glass enclosure, I made the short walk to Le Grand Ile (Big Island) where old and new Strasbourg meet. Strasbourg, France is home to several squares or Places in Le Grand Ile that make this city of over 400,000 people unique. In one of these squares, Place Kleber, as I approached old Strasbourg, I came upon a huge fountain that several people were sitting around and their kids playing in it. Since the temperature that day...Read More

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace)

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Attraction | "Marie Antoinette Slept Here!"

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace) Photo, Strasbourg, France
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After seeing the beauty and majesty of Notre Dame de Strasbourg, I continued walking around the city of Strasbourg looking at the sights and enjoying the beautiful weather. After a few minutes walking, I came upon this huge and beautiful palace. Wondering what it was called, I went closer and saw a poster with a caricature of Louis XV that said Palais de Rohan and noticing it was a museum now. Unfortunately, my time was limited and I could not go inside Palais de Rohan, but I spent a few minutes exploring the beautiful exterior of this royal palace of Strasbourg. Turns out the Palais de Rohan has a short history compared to the other places I had visited that day and it was o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2011

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace)
2 Place Du Chateau
Strasbourg, France

Colmar: Or Is It Kolmar or Colmer?

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Colmar, France II Photo, Colmar, France
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When I visited Colmar in May, I took the train from Freiburg to the German border town of Breisach, where I stopped for about an hour to walk around the town and bought some yarn in a little shop on its main drag before catching the bus to Colmar. The bus ride seemed to take an eternity with the bus driver refusing to put the air conditioner on making the trip a very hot adventure. Also a family in front of my seat was constantly playing their cell phone's music in order to keep their bratty toddler occupied for the duration of the trip to Colmar. By the time I arrived in Colmar, I was hot and wishing I could have smashed that phone to smithereens with a 2 x 4 in order to have a more peaceful ride ...Read More

Saint Martin's Collegiate Church

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Attraction | "Colmar's Main Church: Gothic with a Touch of Renaissance"

Saint Martin's Collegiate Church Photo, Colmar, France
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I spent a lot of time visiting churches and cathedrals on this trip to Europe. Normally I am not very religious (except for several prayers to the baseball gods from April to October every year), but I don't know if things at home and the economy were the cause for my several visits to churches in Europe or just to see Gothic Architecture were my excuses. One will never know. My trip to Colmar included a visit to Le Collegiale de St. Martin (L'Eglise St. Martin or St. Martin's Church), the main church of Colmar and one of the oldest in France.Upon entering Le Collegiale St. Martin, I was greeted by the candle stand at the entrance and once again lit a tea candle for a safe jou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2011

Saint Martin's Collegiate Church
Place de la Cathedrale
Colmar, France

Le Palais des Legendes

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Restaurant | "A Great Flammenkoche and No English Spoken Here."

Le Palais des Legendes Photo, Colmar, France
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I had gotten an early start on my Alsatian adventure by taking and early train from Freiburg to Colmar, the first leg in my trip on the first Saturday in May. I had an early breakfast in Freiburg so by the time I had walked around Colmar a bit, I was starving. I was looking for something local in a nice inexpensive restaurant that didn't have the Golden Arches on its roof or any other chain restaurants that I avoid like the plague whenever I am traveling. After looking at the menus posted outside several establishments in Colmar's old town, I came upon this restaurant called Le Palais des Legendes and saw that the menu was in French only. I wanted to get the rust off of my high school Frenc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2011

Le Palais des Legendes
14 Grand Rue
Colmar
03 89 24 04 27