Thursday 30 April 2020


Like most people, I'm not able to travel. So, here are some sweets, aka doces, from Portugal

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Martian holidays

Last summer, on a sunny day
More (serious) b&w here
PS: it is a close up of a beach in Portugal

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Sunday 26 April 2020

396,82 km to point zero

Point Zero, just outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. From here, all distances in France are calculated. Strasbourg is 396.82 km away, as the crow flies. A good deal longer by car or train.

Thursday 23 April 2020

Lockdown, day 3823585

Some feel good music for you? Will it be Mozart, Strauss or the pink panther?

Wednesday 22 April 2020

End of lockdown...

I only drink to celebrate, birthdays, Christmas, etc. But, when the lockdown  finally ends (partially on May 11th in France), I will have a nice flammekueche or 2, and a nice drink!

Monday 20 April 2020

Thursday 16 April 2020

Sorry, we are closed

Cafés, restaurants, cinemas, concert halls, theaters, operas, etc, are closed at least till mid-July. I'm wondering how many will be able to reopen, with no income for 4 months, or longer.

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Monday 13 April 2020

Saint Valentine's day massacre

This footbridge is historically located near the Porte des Juifs. This gate of the old enclosure of Strasbourg led to the cemetery which was close to the current place of the Republic where more than 900 Jews, that is to say half of the Jewish population of Strasbourg, were burned alive on February 14, 1349. Many of the survivors fled abroad. Some made it to Venice, to the Ghetto area.
This sad episode is known as "Pogrom de Strasbourg" or "Saint-Valentine massacre".
At that time, there was the threat of an epidemic of black plague (bubonic) which will make nearly 25 million deaths in Europe. Before it even declares itself in Strasbourg, the Jews will be accused of poisoning the wells. A bad excuse invoked in particular by bad payers not wanting to repay their debts, or worse, robbing their property.
The bridge has existed since 1858. But it was destroyed by the bombings of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871. It was immediately replaced by a metal arch bridge in 1871

Sunday 12 April 2020


I cook a lot, I love it! But I use very little salt, for health reasons, I prefer spices, oriental spices. But this might change my habits... What is Norwegian viking salt? Or sel fou, crazy salt??? Or sel des voyageurs, traveller's salt?

Thursday 9 April 2020

Not mine

I never used a selfie stick, although I got one in my left eye. Painful, don't recommend it.

Tuesday 7 April 2020


Confinement, day 22. I am used to being on my own for long times, which makes the confinement much easier for me than for most. Some of you will know what I'm talking about: I've had my fair share of vitamin oCean!  So, I'm doing fine .The Orangerie park in town  is what I miss most today. Photo taken last spring.

Monday 6 April 2020

Lock down, week 4

Glorious and warm weather here. 22nd confinement day, spring out there.

Friday 3 April 2020

Il galeone Neptune

"Famous" galleon, anchored in the port of Genova/Genoa, Italy. Why famous? Here is why.
More b&w here, on confinement day 17.

Wednesday 1 April 2020

April's fools day...I mean theme day! School

Students of a music school on their way to a concert in Valletta, Malta, last year.
More about the theme day here