Sunday 31 December 2017

Welcome, 2018!

E gleckichs Nej Johr, feliç any nou, bonne année, Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr, Καλή χρονιά, Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit, buon anno nuovo, 新年おめでとうございます, שנה טובה, happy new year, godt nytt år, bona annada, feliz Ano Novo, la multi ani, Счастливого Нового года, próspero año nuevo, नवीन वर्षाच्या शुभेच्छा 2018 हार्दिक शुभेच्छा,
Manigong bagong taon, Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun, DIS chu' botIvjaj. 2018!!!

Saturday 30 December 2017

Not Strasbourg!!!

Looking at the grey ky, at the very dark clouds outside my windows... I so need holidays!!!
Cefalu, Sicily, last August.

Wednesday 27 December 2017


A french tramway in Germany. Since april 2017, there is direct tram from Strasbourg to Kehl, our neighbor city on the other Rhine side. Very very convenient!!! Germany is a good deal cheaper than France for many things, such as food, tobacco. Taker me 25 minutes, instead of a good hour before. Over 10.000 people use it every day, many commuting to work.

Tuesday 26 December 2017

Good place for...

...a merry go round, in the shade of the cathedral!
Most of the christmas market is closed, with a few stalls remaining at the cathedral, till the 30th. Hurry up!

Monday 25 December 2017

Friday 22 December 2017


The entrance to the main of the 11 christmas markets, on place Broglie. The word means Child Christ's market in alsatian, the 447th. We're in France, but we're of our alsatian culture, traditions, food, and so on, and our own language, which has absolutely nothing to do with french, as it is a germanic language.Close to the Amish's ¨Pennsylvanian Dutch. We are probably around 500.000 alsatian speakers worldwide, the city of  Castroville, Texas, included.
 So anyway, last year , that sign disappeared, the city fathers wanted to be "more french". Big angry outcry!

Thursday 21 December 2017


The Janus fountain, by Tomi Ungerer. 2-faced head and fountain, erected to celebrate Strasbourg's 2000 years, in 1988. The first roman camp was situated there, and was called Argentoratum, in 12 BC.
Why Janus? He was the roman god of beginnings and endings, usually depicted with 2 faces, since he looks at the future and the past. The month of january is named after him.
So, basically, we're a roman town... This might explain my lifelong love of

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Need some ideas?

Any last minute present to buy? Here in idea... Available at the Christmas market, until the 24th.

Sunday 17 December 2017

Saturday 16 December 2017

No Santa

A different decoration: no Santa, no rendeers, no bears, penguins, baubles or artificial  snowy landscape to be seen. Refreshing!

Friday 15 December 2017

Thursday 14 December 2017

You've got write

Did you write to the Père Noèl (Father Christmas, aka Santa)? Here is his mailbox. Hurry up!

Tuesday 12 December 2017

A beautiful sunday

So, which tree would you choose? They look all the same... The christmas tree market on place Kleber, last sunday morning, during the heaviest snowfall in years. Yep, 13 days to go!
BTW, the snow was all gone by the evening.

Monday 11 December 2017

Sunday 10 December 2017


Some heavy snowfall this morning, so everybody had a lot of fun! Well, I was trying not to fall on my nose (or other parts): wrong shoes. I was successful.

Saturday 9 December 2017

Welcome to the kingdom of Bredele!

The bis Christmas market is divided into 11 smaller markets. One of them is dedicated to bredele. Bredele: biscuits traditionally baked on Christmas time. Here are some for you!
Hungry? C ya at the courtyard behind the Rohan Palace!

Friday 8 December 2017


Well, I don't know either.

Thursday 7 December 2017

There be angels

Wondering who is staying in this room... The wings drying (?) on the balcony might be a clue

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Christmas at the garrrison

Christmas at the Aubette, the former garrison building, built from 1765 to 1788. Now a shopping, with a small museum and a ...Starbucks. Although being a coffee multilingual aficionado, I've never been there, as I don't starbucks. Or klingon.

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Venice? Not!

This could be Venice... I have very similar photos taken there. But it's not.

Monday 4 December 2017

Folks, guess it's winter!

It snowed last night, so I hurried up to take a few pictures, as it is very noticeably warmer today, 10 degrees C more, and as it is melting very fast.
Friends in northern latitudes, please stay warm. Others: don't forget the suncream, or umbrella for some!

Sunday 3 December 2017

Not your everyday gargoyle!

Pretty colorful, innit! I am not quite sure if it actually a gargoyle, it might be an art piece.
Strasbourg is a city of gargoyle. I don't think anybody counted them, but there might be several hundreds of them, or more. They are everywhere!

Friday 1 December 2017

December theme day: gift

Hi there. This is me, 7 years ago, recovering from open heart surgery in the ICU, at St Paul's hospital in Barcelona. I was given the gift of life.
A few years later, in Skopje, Macedonia, I suffered a severe stroke. And I died, my "new" heart just stopped. The doctors there, at the university hospital, brought me back, after 2 minutes. Again, the gift of life. Life changing experiences, both of them.
You guessed it, this month's CDP theme day is: gift. Being half german, I just HAVE to tell you that Gift is german for poison...;-) Waiting for german posts about that theme...
Anyway, just click here to see what my dudes and dudettes did about it! Do it now!