Wednesday 31 August 2016

Vertical challenge, with a crack

Does this put things in the right perspective? Does it make you feel small? Do you want to crack a joke? Well, go for it! :-)

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Quai Saint Jean

The water is not often this green, unfortunately. The heat has gone, the temperature is close to perfect, with some wind, some fast moving clouds... Life is good.

Monday 29 August 2016

Mess up your DNA

I spotted this sticker near a bus stop earlier today... Anyway, if this works, I am rather curious to see the result. Hopefully no flies involved, I already saw this movie.

Saturday 27 August 2016


Barriers even here. The high and mighty really dont want ... some to enter. Assholes.

Friday 26 August 2016


This is called a charmille, in french. The definition I could find: bower, or arbor.
Anyway, a shady place. Temperatures are soaring here, 36 degrees tomorrow in the shade, over 100 F.

Thursday 25 August 2016

Passerelle des 2 Rives

The pedestrian bridge (passerelle) linking both shores (rives) of the Rhine river, by the architect Marc Mimram, a master of mathematical science (wow). Quite impressive, but Calatrava, he is not. Calatrava was too expensive, I guess.
Well, what can I say, I am a big Calatrava fan!

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Tuesday 23 August 2016


But... Oh well, maybe next year.
2 years ago, a short stint in Breizh, Brittany. The city of Dinard, seen from Saint-Malo, across the bay, 717 km from Strasbourg, as the stork flies. Or 387 nautical miles, as the salmon swims.

Monday 22 August 2016

The hidden square

There is a secret place, 2 mn away from the cathedral. No cars, quiet, a few cafes and restaurants, entrance through passages in side streets... A gem!

Sunday 21 August 2016

The Camille way of photography

I had some comments comparing the photo on yesterday's post with painters like Seurat and Afremov. Thanks!!!
I felt challenged, in a good way! I really like Camille Pissarro, therefore I decided to try to transform the photo into what I hope this painter would have liked. Presumptuous me. Anyway, I like what I did, in 3 hours work. Whaddaya think?
I still to find out how to do pointillism.
Below, the original RAW shot.

Saturday 20 August 2016

More boating

Spotted those 2 boats near the European Council. They might be patrolling the area when all the politicians are in session.

Friday 19 August 2016

A bit of boating

Enjoying a leisurely afternoon on the lakeside. No beach anywhere...

Thursday 18 August 2016

No, dont want!!!

This guy was trying to entice his dog do come out of the river Rhine... Took him a long time, the doggy wanted to stay cool.

Wednesday 17 August 2016

St Odile, a chapel

There is a big convent on top of Mount St Odile, the Hohenburg. St Odile, holy patroness of Alsace and of the blind or partially sighted, created it a while ago, around 680 AD. One of the later built chapels. I dont know who Eugenia was, but Leo (the 9th) was the only ever alsatian pope,

Monday 15 August 2016

Journey to the top...

... of Mount Sainte Odile. Odile is what catholics call the holy patroness of Alsace. Anyway, the sky seems bigger, from 750 meters up

Sunday 14 August 2016

Saturday 13 August 2016

This is an international border

Pedestrian border bridge (bicycles allowed) between Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, on the river Rhine.  It is situated in a big bi-national park, on both shores. I took this photo in France, but the bikers were in Germany, I guess.  No controls, not even a "you are now leaving..." sign. As Schengen is going fast down the drain, this "freedom" might not last. Unfortunately. When will we see all borders abolished, geographically, and in people's minds, at least in Europe???

Friday 12 August 2016

The food mile

This is the main touristic street in Obernai, a line of restaurants, all serving pretty much the same alsatian specialities.

Wednesday 10 August 2016

The little train

The little train on wheels in front of the tourist office in Obernai

Tuesday 9 August 2016


So I went for a bit of shopping, to Karlsruhe, the next big German city, an hour away. Some nice buildings there... This is but a side entrance to the former palace of the local dukes, now a museum.

Monday 8 August 2016

Sunday 7 August 2016

Saturday 6 August 2016


Out for lunch in the very pretty (and very touristy, hordes of Germans) town of Obernai, 25 km away. With a little bokeh for dessert!

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Monday 1 August 2016