Thursday 31 March 2016

Theme day: the beauty of simplicity

Happiness could be just this: a good book, both feet in the water, a hot summer day(old photo)... Beautiful, and so simple.

More photos about it here.

Wednesday 30 March 2016

The little house on the water

I wonder who lives there. This little house seems like from another time, quaint, peaceful. It is a safe haven for ducks anyway. Can you see them, Mr and Mrs Duck?

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Monday 28 March 2016

La Grande Ile

2 arms of the river Ill form an island, la grande ile, or the great island. It is the 2000 years old historical center of town

Saturday 26 March 2016

Wednesday 23 March 2016

The baby

You might remember one of my first posts about these 2 storks, mum feeding the baby. Well, baby got big!

Thursday 17 March 2016

5.37 AM

Right. The name of this blog contains the word 'almost'. Well, I'm off for a few days, not sure if I'll be able to post photos. If not, see ya all after Easter!
Photo taken from my kitchen window. Yep, I'm an early riser.

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Saint Paul

St Paul church, protestant. The boats... are mainly for drinking and partying. Some protestants might disagree to that...

Tuesday 15 March 2016


This is a virtuoso cimbalom player!!! Wow! A cimbalom is a kind of eastern-european concert hammered dulcimer. You play it by hitting steel strings with 2 beaters. Wiki knows more, here.
And here is his band:
I absolutely adore this type of music!!! If you want to hear some, just search for cimbalom gypsy mus on, or cimbalom klezmer on Youtube.

Monday 14 March 2016

That girl from Domremy

Yes, you probably saw some movies about her, or studied her at school. Saint Joan of Arc (to Catholics), the national symbol of France par excellence. More about her here, if you're interested.
This statue is situated inside the cathedral. She was put there in 1937, as a thank you for  'kicking the Germans out of France' during WW1. BTW, I removed the 'don't touch' sign from this photo: it was in French... and German...
Nowadays, Joan -Jeanne - is the saint patron of the french nationalists, the highly controversial National Front, for example, wanting to kick all the non-white foreigners out of France, specially what they call the 'Arabs" (anyone not having had french ancestry for centuries). Reminds you of some ''politicians'' in the US of A, doesn't it?!
2 weeks ago, in the news... Some french guy, descendant from nobility, bought Joan's ring at a auction in London, for 370.000 euros or so. He wants to display it at his historical amusement park...

Sunday 13 March 2016

11, the crazy number - 11, chiffre fou

In the Middle Ages, for some reason, 11 was considered the crazy number. In Germany, carnival starts always on the 11th of November, at 11.11 AM.
Here, it is today, starting at 2.11 PM (we are not as crazy as the Germans, maybe...). Hoping to see more gorgeous babes, like this bunch, spotted last year

Au Moyen-Age, le chiffre  11 etait considere comme le chiffre qui rendait fou... C'est pourquoi en Allemagne, le carnaval commence le 11 novembre, a 11h11.
Etant moins fous que nos voisins (???), ici ca commence cette apres-midi, a 14h11. J'espere y voir plus de pinups comme celles-ci!

Saturday 12 March 2016

Constant traveling

Constantly improving my photographic skills, I have been lately reworking some old photos. Needless to say, this ain't Strasbourg. I move a lot, been living and working in many countries... So, let me show you some places I love.
This is the entrance to the port of Tarifa, southern Spain, famous to all surfers. In the back, the Rock himself, Gibraltar. Very nice place indeed!

Friday 11 March 2016

Skywatch Friday. Post 100, btw!

 Did you spot the cathedral?

More Skywatch Friday photos here.

Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are!

Thursday 10 March 2016

High water!

This is a floating ticket desk, for the inner-city mini cruises. As it is been raining quite a lot lately, no cruises at the moment, the boats wouldn't pass the low bridges.

Wednesday 9 March 2016


Some very photogenic swans I spotted this morning, enjoying the too rare sunshine. They were kind enough to pose for me.

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Angels - Anges

Lots of graffiti in town, some of them really good, others rather obscure...
Beaucoup de graffitis en ville, certains tres bons, d'autres assez obscurs...

Monday 7 March 2016

Les parapluies de Strasbourg

Now, I know some ladies who would miles for a nice brolly...
J'en connais quelques unes qui feraient des kilometres pour un beau parapluie...

Sunday 6 March 2016


Rohraffe, literally 'pipe monkeys'. The 3 wild men live just below the cathedral's grand organ (you can see it here).
Now then, they are a wild bunch... And part of one of the stranger stories around.
Starting in the 14th century, on Pentecost Sunday, when parishioners arrived for mass, monks, hidden in a small cave behind the wild men were moving levers. The left one was  playing his trumpet, Samson at the center was opening and closing his lion's mouth, while the last was waving a... pretzel, of course. Then, they began to giggle, sing, shout, throwing jibes and insults at the parishioners and the priests, often contradicting the priests during their sermon...
Unfortunately, this practice is forbidden now. What a shame.

Saturday 5 March 2016

L'horloge astronomique

And back to the cathedral.
This the famous astronomic clock, the latest one this is, built in 1843 by Jean-Baptiste Schwilge. It is a marvel of ingeniosity, with a very early (kind of) computer. More info here.

Friday 4 March 2016

Thursday 3 March 2016

Wednesday 2 March 2016


If you are longing for faraway places, Strasbourg is the place to be! Although we only have a tiny (5 gates) international airport, you can fly to Greece, Morocco, Turkey... By direct train, to Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany... By bus, pretty much anywhere in Europe and Morocco. By boat, some river cruises go to the Netherlands, Venice, Romania, Russia. Hitchhiking, a local guy went round the world, in 5 years... Kudos to him.
I took this photo above, arriving in Skopje, Macedonia. Alexander the Great Airport.

Tuesday 1 March 2016


Where do I belong? Intriguing question at first... But the answer is quite obvious to me. I sometimes define myself as a constant traveler. My answer to this question would therefore be: on a train, on a plane, on an automobile, going around the...
Goa would be nice right now!