Monday 29 February 2016

Theme day: belonging

Immigrants. Where do they belong? Not on the street. Not in camps. Not outside in the cold. No, they belong in our home. In John Le Carre's words: Home's where you go when you run out of homes.

More about this theme here.

Sunday 28 February 2016

St Laurent

An older photo, published on several websites before. The St Laurent chapel (1495-1505), used for adoration, weddings and funerals of parishioners.

Saturday 27 February 2016

Rock star!

Carrying on with my little series about, may I introduce the minstrel, the true rock star (pun intended) of his time! A bearded bard!

Friday 26 February 2016

Skywatch Friday

Early morning, live from my kitchen window.

Photo prise depuis ma cuisine...

Skywatch Friday!

Thursday 25 February 2016

The pillar of angels - Le Pilier des Anges

And this is what yesterday's little jealous guy was looking at...
Et voice ce que notre jaloux d'hier regardait...

Plus d'infos ici, en francais.

The Pillar is a representation of the Last Judgement, and is situated in the south transept, just next to the astronomical clock, to which I will come back... one day.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

The man on the railing - L'homme de la balustrade

Another curious figure is this man leaning on a railing. Legend says that he is an architect, jealously watching what his competitor had built.

La legende raconte qu'il s'agit d'un architecte regardant ce que son concurrent avait construit.

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Le chien de la cathedrale The cathedral's dog

Yes, there is an old dog living in the cathedral. It is Jean Geiler's dog, a renowned 15th century theologian, Geiler used to preach from the magnificent pulpit (by Hans Hammer, 1486 AD).
And where can you see the doggie? Well, on the pulpit, of course! Try to find him, he is tiny... Just above the end of the watermark... There he is!
Le chien du predicateur Jean Geiler de Kaysersberg, sculpte par Hans Hammer, en 1486. Comme tout bon chien de predicateur qui se respecte, vous le trouverez bien sur... sur la chaire! Juste au-dessus de la derniere lettre de mon nom. Attention, il est minuscule!

Monday 22 February 2016

Sunday 21 February 2016

Is it a horse or a bird??? Cheval ou oiseau???

Well, it is a horse with bird's head!
Created by the Italian Mimmo Paladino, his head is covered with real gold. The city of Strasbourg bought it 20 years ago for 250 millions italian lire, quite a lot. 4 meters tall, it stands on the roof of the Museum of Modern Art, and is called 'Hortus Conclusus', which means 'enclosed garden'. Don't ask me why.
No, really don't.

Saturday 20 February 2016

Friday 19 February 2016

Friday Skywatch

Hier, au reveil, un lever de soleil eblouissant!

The most gorgeous sunrise yesterday morning!

Friday Skywatch, click ici/here!

Thursday 18 February 2016

Winter Hiver

Nice weather today, good enough to have a hot drink on the terrace. Tomorrw: rain.

Belle journee d'hiver, suffisament clemente pour se permettre la terasse. Pluie annoncee pour demain.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Bon appetit!

A short introduction to Alsatian baking. The ubiquitous beignets (donuts) of course. No ringed ones here. The kougelhopf (many ways of spelling it...). Either sweet, with raisins and almonds, or salted, with bacon bits and walnuts.
In the bags, you can see different varieties of 'bredele', Alsatian for biscuits.
What will it be, sweet kougelhopf, or salty kougelhopf?

Tuesday 16 February 2016

The Buddha shop Tiens, voila du Bouddha!

Found this strange and very inviting shop. Although very interested in Buddha's teachings, I don't think I'll ever get myself a statue. Who knows, I might change my mind.

Sunday 14 February 2016

Le boulanger The baker

What are you having for breakfast?

Que prenez-vous au petit-dejeuner?

Saturday 13 February 2016

Not just a big puss! Ce n'est pas un gros minou!

No no, it is actually actually a European lynx, a good-sized one. Mighty nice of to posing for me! Nice pussycat!

Ceci est un lynx de nos montagnes, pas vraiment le minou qu'on caresse dans la rue...

Friday 12 February 2016

Skywatch Friday

Right before last weekend's violent storm, there was this incredible burst of sunshine, piercing the clouds just above the football (aka soccer, for some) pitch.

More sky photos here.

Thursday 11 February 2016

Stormy night. Nuit de tempete

It was stormy here last weekend, with rain falling horizontally. I stayed in.

Nuit de tempete le weekend dernier, avec de la pluie tombant a l'horizontale. Je suis reste au chaud chez moi, pas folle la guepe.

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Home sweet home

We moved last weekend, and this the view we have now from our living room and from our kitchen. Nice, innit?!

Apres notre demenagement le weekend dernier, voici notre nouvelle vue. J'aime!

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Important place!

Ok, S(a)DP is back in business, much earlier than we were 'promised'. 8 days to get internet... Still too long.

Right. This is a very important building! It is the...

Should you have something to tell them judges, like him
Well, this is the place.

Saturday 6 February 2016

S' Buerehiesel

Looks like straight out of a Grimm's tales, complete with a witch or 3 , the kind who eat children for breakfast... But wait... It is actually one of the very best restaurants n town! The name means little farmer's house. Go there, you might sit next to several ministers or presidents, or other celebs.

La maison de la mechante fee Carabosse??? Que nenni! Il s'agit en fait d'un des meilleurs restaurants de la ville, a en croire Mme Merckel, ou autres Hollandes ou Sarkozys...

Time for a unvoluntary break .Moving house tomorrow, saturday, but internet reaching us only much later, on the 24th they say. So, WILL I SURVIVE??? I certainly think so! C ya then!

Les lenteurs de tous genres en France...Je demenage demain samedi. J'ai commande l'internet il y 1 semaine, sans m'attendre a l'ineffable lenteur d'une compagnie qui ferait mieux de continuer a construire des maisons et a oublier internet. Donc pause forcee, passage oblige dans des cafes internet... A dans 2 semaines 1/2 donc!

Thursday 4 February 2016

Weird Etrange

I spotted this weird bi-headed statue the other day, in the Orangerie park, Wasn't able to find any info about it.

Cette statue bicephale se trouve a l'entree du parc de l'Orangerie. Quelqu'un aurait-il des infos a son sujet???

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Not Strasbourg

Carrying on traveling... And carrying on with this month's theme, the coffee house. Paris, Le Nemours, Facing the Louvre museum, in my opinion one of the finest and dandiest place for a 'petit noir', un express.

Tuesday 2 February 2016

The eagle is about to land.... L'aigle va aterrir...

Did a bit of ''painting'' today, with my laptop. There is a ever so tiny zoo at the Orangerie park.

Un peu de ''peinture'', avec mon ordinateur. Dans le zoo rikiki du parc de l'Orangerie.

Monday 1 February 2016

Scene d'un cafe Scene of a coffee house

Scene from a coffee house, is today's theme for the City Daily Photographers. See this guy, sitting there on cold but sunny day... He will so enjoy his coffee... Watch closer... See how the coffee and the milk are smoking, exhaling their aroma... A true connoisseur. A gentleman. He even has a halo...

Scene d'un cafe, tel est le theme de ce premier du mois pour la communaute des City Daily photographes. Admirer cet homme, attable par unr froide mais ensoleillee journee d'hiver. Il va apprecier son cafe. Voyez comme le cafe et le lait fument, exhalant leurs aromes... Un connaisseur, Un homme du monde. Il a meme un halo...

Plus d'entrees sur ce theme, more posts about this theme here/ici.