Thursday, 19 April 2018

What's on the menu?

Tourist checking the menu of this ultra-touristic restaurant in the heart of the tourist zone. Well, don't ask me, Mister: I've never eaten here!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Looks like...

It looks like spring, doesn't it? WRONG!!! We bypassed spring, and went directly to glorious summertime. 27 degrees C as I write this, 80 degrees F.
As Napoleon Bonaparte's mother famously said as he became emperor: pourvu que ça dure, let's hope it will last!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A monday mural, on tuesday

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
Seen on a school, here in Strasbourg.
More Monday Murals here.

Monday, 16 April 2018

My corner of the woods

I moved a few weeks ago, to a nicer, bigger and cheaper flat. This is 5 minutes from home, walking distance. My kind of surroundings!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Intricate

Some more details on a 16th century house neat the cathedral. It is oak, I think, which is pretty hard to engrave. Good job!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Place du Chateau

The Place du Chateau, or Castle Square. From left to right: a post office, the cathedral, a high school, and last but not least, the former palace of the prince-bishops of Rohan, now hosting not less than 3 museums and an art gallery.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lunchtime, folks!

Buerehiesel: alsatian for a small farmhouse. This particular farmhouse was disassembled and rebuilt in Paris, for the 1865 Universal Exhibition, before going back to Strasbourg. Nowadays, a famous 3 stars restaurant since 1970, with a nice timepiece and garden. Wish I could afford it!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

By fair weather...

... you can see the Feldberg, the Black Forest's highest mountain in Germany, and you see it from my balcony, lucky me!
Well, only by clear weather, as the thin needle on the right side, actually a huge tv antenna, is 85 km, 50 miles away. Best moment to see it is just before sunrise.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Gone fishing

Apart from being a nice Chris Rea song...
The weather got suddenly very acceptable! 25 degrees C yesterday, imagine that! I'm slowly defrosting.

Friday, 6 April 2018

49 shades of...

Grey Easter weekend in Amsterdam.
As usual on friday, click here to see more excellent black and white photos. Free grey included!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Whirlwind trip to...

45 hours in lovely Amsterdam...
Un petit tour bien trop rapide (et fatiguant) à Amsterdam ce weekend...

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Monthly CDP theme day: one color

Several shades of orange, by Dan23.
Click here to see what my City Daily Photo did.
Posting today, march 31st, as I'll be off travelling for a few days. And happy Easter, everyone!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Handheld, very long focal

Storks are here, which means spring is here!
They were quite far away, so I used the newly discovered digital zoom capability on my Lumix. Handheld shot, at 2040 mm focal length, legs steadied, leaning against a tree, elbows blocked, the usual. I don't use tripods, as I have naturally a very steady hand. Strangely enough: my right arm and hand are partially disabled (stroke), and this a "perk"... Once steadied, my hand and arm won't move. Very convenient for a few things, like taking photos...
Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, just trying to make a point here.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Ca(t)ndles

I've had candles of many colors and shapes in my life, but this is new to me! Good thing the shop was closed last sunday, saved some money.
Well, I might actually go back. On a weekday.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Olivier

I have no idea who Olivier is, but someone loves him!
Well, olivier means olive tree in french. Maybe someone loves an olive tree??? Maybe a tree hugger? We'll never know, I guess.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Pastel

Finally a whiff of spring in the air, after the snowiest winter in ages. Very nice light this morning in the Grand Rue. Yet another restaurant I haven't tried. Yet.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The hobbit car

Or is it a shoebox on wheels? Never seen one before. Anyway, not my size, for shoes or cars, being 1m87, 6 foot 3, with shoe size 45. My head and toes would stick out. Cute, though.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The winter menu

2 days till spring.That means it is still winter. Fresh snowfall last night. But anyway, you still need to know what's there to eat, innit?

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Almost spring

Well, some kind of spring, the polar kind once again, as temperatures are dropping and dropping. And dropping to minus 10 degrees C  next week. Seychelles, here I come! I wish!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Fire in the sky

This morning's big lightshow, at around 6.30 AM. It didn't last for very long. What can be seen in the back is the Black Forest mountain range, in Germany, around 20 miles, 30 km away.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Gandhiji

I was happily surprised to find this postcard, in midst of all the "greetings from Strasbourg" and recipe cards! Colorful.
And yes, you can buy postcards with good alsatian recipes, pretty much everywhere!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Friday, 9 March 2018

Food delivery!

A rest, before a long day. When Foodora meets Deliveroo, 2 companies delivering restaurant food. Long hours, little money.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

There be dragons... Post 601

I used to see many dragons during my years in Barcelona (they love theNot many of them here. A chinese restaurant. Or is it vietnamese???

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Eastern Forest

I'm back! I moved to the outskirts of Strasbourg, to a bigger, nicer and much cheaper brand new flat in the small town of Ostwald (the eastern forest, in german), Oschwald in Alsatian. And I have a balcony now, yeah babies!!! BBQs soon!
Anyway, this is the view from my east facing balcony (yeah!), with the german Black Forest in the background.The Black Forest is very white and snowy right now, btw.
Good to be back, after 9 days of very limited phone internet, no TV, no landline, but with downright polar weather. I somehow survived.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

We Alsatians

We Alsatians are officially french. But... We have our own culture, language (taught even in university), music, food, which has almost nothing to do with things french. Therefore, we have our very own alsatian museum, interesting place which shows how different we are from the frenchies.
But... We are french!

Ok, folks, I'll be moving to a new place this weekend. As switching from cable to fibre seems to be arduous, no internet for 2 weeks or so. So, I wont be posting, actually a welcome break, as I need to spend more time at other things. C ya asap!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Petite France

A 15th century house in the Petite France area. Yep, that's over 700 years old.We have a pharmacy, open since ...1268AD! Still standing, but it is now the culture bureau, since 2000.
Will your house still stand in, let's say, 6 or 700 years?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Delivery!

Better than pizza delivery, or kebab, burger, and so on; port wine delivery!
OK, this is in Porto, ot Strasbourg. Although I'm a 99% teetotaller (christmas and birthdays...), I like a glas of the stuff whenever I'm in Portugal. Anyway, that's how to bring the wine from the wineyards to town, along the Douro river

Monday, 19 February 2018

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Winter

We had snow again, yesterday. Well, half snow, half rain, wind, cold, real flu weather. But many cafés and restaurants still have chairs and tables outside, for the smokers. Not this one.