Monday, 16 May 2016

Livres en Liberte

Oh look, there is a new free lending library in the Orangerie park! The last one burned down last year. Books in many languages. It works like this: take any book you want, and feel free to bring them back, or not, no obligation. Feel also free to offer books! Love it! 
I have enough to read for the moment, 1300 pages by Vikram Chandra, so I browsed, but didn't take anything. Later.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Weekend reflection in the park

It is way too cold today, but last weekend was perfect for this.
More Weekend Reflections here.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Hide and seek

The sun was hiding, and I am a sunseeker! At ungodly hours, as usual, sipping my first coffee and watching the fireworks in the sky from my kitchen window.

Skywatch Friday, HERE!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

My first car

Well, maybe. There is a photo showing myself driving the same model, same color in the early 60es. Part of s small circuit, on rails, with 3 more cars.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Gone fishing

Do you remember that nice Chris Rea song? Anyway, c ya tomorrow, can't you see I'm busy now?!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Another bloody Valentine

1347. The Plague. The Black Death. In Strasbourg.
Who's fault was it? Not the rats. Not the lack of hygiene. No, it was the Jews, they certainly poisoned the wells and rivers!
So, what to do? Let's go to the ghetto, just next to the cathedral (the good fathers needed to keep an eye on THEM...), and let's burn them!!! This is what the good christian people of Strasbourg did, on February 14th, 1348. Not forgetting to baptize the children, before throwing them in the fire.
It happened in the jewish cemetery, in what is now called rue Brulee, burned street. In Alsatian, Brandgass means street of the great fire.
2000 children, women, men... The few survivors escaped, and joined the ghetto in Venice, Italy.

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Bosses

One of their meeting places, next to the European Parliament.
Oh yeah: Strasbourg is the official capital of Europe.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

First summer days

This morning in Strasbourg... 26 degrees C, balmy! We did it, we survived this weird winter.

Friday, 6 May 2016

5.40 AM

Wishing you all a happy TGIF! Don't forget to check out Skywatch Friday, right here. And Saturday Silhouettes are here.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Un air de printemps - An air of spring

After a cold and wet April, spring finally arrived here. Today, sunny, 20 degrees C, going up to 25 this weekend. NICE!!!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

What's for dinner, dear?

-Oh you're right, dear, I'm positively starving myself! Chinese?
-Oh, we had chinese yesterday... Boring.
-What about those japanese tourist, don't they look particularly scrumptious tonight?
-Okey dokey, one each then. Fries and coke with them?
-Don't be silly, deary! Rice and soy sauce, and a sake!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Monday, 2 May 2016

Ancient scents

An old photo, taken by my wife, some ancient perfume container, at the perfume museum in Barcelona

Sunday, 1 May 2016

There can only be ONE

May day, theme day. Smell, is the theme. Easy. No pretty flowers, no expensive perfume, no stinky socks or cat litter... No. What gets me going, what keeps me going is the smell (and the taste) of a good cup of...
Click here to see what my friends from the CDP family did.

Saturday, 30 April 2016


And back to the cathedral, with it's never-ending photo opps.
The big chandelier in the St Laurent chapel

Friday, 29 April 2016

Asperges d'Alsace

Despite of the s....y weather lately, the asparagus season has started. 30 years after Chernobyl, I wonder if they are ever so lightly radioactive... Ah right, I remember: according to the french government, the radioactive cloud stopped at the french-german border. Right in the middle of the Rhine river. STOP, POLICE!!!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Ah, the smell!!!

The theme day is almost upon us! You guessed it: the smell. C ya all on May 1st!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

s' Gaenseliesel

A common sight in many german towns, s' Gaenseliesel, little Elisabeth taking the geese to the market. This one is in the Orangerie park since 1898, when Strasbourg was, once again, part of the German Reich.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Not a shy beggar!!!

Still at the Orangerie park... A hungry bird, a cotton candy lady. The bird seems to be a regular customer, as the lady was feeding him no candy, but mince meat. Which is not usually used  in cotton candy (oh well, what do I know... Different countries, different customs. Lol)

Monday, 25 April 2016


I have seen this flower before, but... Anyone knows it's name???

Sunday, 24 April 2016


I am used to big grey squirrels, the not-shy-at-all kind. But what we have here is very different, smaller, brown, shy and much faster. A lucky and rare shot.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

A weekend reflection

More greenery from yesterday's walk in the park, for the Weekend Reflection meme. Which is right here.

Friday, 22 April 2016


 Well, I needed some of the green stuff today, together with other colors. So I went to the Orangerie park, to visit my feathery, furry and scaly friends.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Pilgrims to the eyesight

This the  way to San Jose.... Ah sorry no, to Sainte Odile, holy patroness of Alsace. Born blind around 660 AD, she recovered eyesight through a miracle. What do you do then, normally??? As a daughter of the local duke, she founded a monastery on top of a mountain (mount St Odile nowadays).
So, should you have some eye trouble, this is the way to the monastery, 15 km up, as she is also the patroness of blind, or partially blind people. If you can find the way, of course.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016

Accent circonflexe

One of many bakeries in town. The reason I chose this particular, is the accent above the 'a', which the right way to write it.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Here were lions, strange ones

OK. Now that you have seen the red sky, look down. See the field (more of a lake today...) at my doorstep? It ain't a field, no no no. It is an archaeological dig. A few centuries, this was a roman graveyard. And look what they found here last summer, among other things:
Photo from a newspaper, L'Alsace.

Now it is changing rapidly into a lake, due to the weather. Nothing more to be seen, they covered the site.

Saturday, 16 April 2016


Well, being a city guy, I don't know if the farmer give wine to their pigs. I doubt it.
This said, we cook a LOT with wine, mostly of the white persuasion. Check out this beauty here! Vegetarians, DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK!!!
Sorry about the 'typical' french music (and the publicity) on the video.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Skywatch Friday

Well, some of you might already familiar with my early bird special, live from my kitchen... Skywatch Friday, now, HERE!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Kleber and the Napoleon sphinx

Strasbourg is very proud of General Jean-Baptiste Kleber! They named the main square after him, with the obligatory statue of the great.
More info about him here
Curious detail. Underneath the square, there is a car park. And right in the middle is Kleber's cenotaph, complete with his corpse.
He accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte to Egypt. Is this the sphinx on the memorial looks Big Boss Napo???
And, finally, he died in Cairo... killed by a student.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The zebra door

I really wonder what's behind this door... Someone colorful, I'm sure, having a laugh! Or it may be a dentist...

Monday, 11 April 2016

The tree

See the tree? You can't miss it! According to the city historians, he is well over 500 years old. Nice, but who cares, when all you need in the summer is  a hard-fought place in his shade.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

A weekend reflection

Reworking an old photo (2014), of my favorite and most photogenic place. More weekend reflections here.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Un petit noir bien serre, s'il vous plait

France is a country of coffee drinkers. Order your cafe au lait, express, expresso, petit noir, cafe americain, you will find a brew you like here!

Don't forget to click here, if your coffee is either black or white! Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, 7 April 2016


Not the nicest weather today...
The cranes were used Nowadays, the area got gentrified: cinema, music high school, central library, shopping mall... And a lot of birds, muskrats, cats...

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

String puppets

This used to be a popular pastime in France, like playing games with your family, reading, going for walks, etc.., .Replaced now by video games, mobile phones, computers, TV.
OK, I know: showing my age. Who cares, these were better times.
On this photo, this is just a decoration, above a restaurant.

Monday, 4 April 2016


This is unique, It is the newest 'vitrail', stained-glass window, in the cathedral. There are 2 of them, will show you the other one as soon as I found a way to put a 5 meters tall window in a photo, without breaking my neck.
What's special about this one...The face is composed of photos of 150 anonymous inhabitants of our fair city. This photo were sepia-colored, and somehow transposed into glass tiles. At a cost of 200.000 euros, to celebrate the cathedral's millennium, in 2015. The picture was taken from a 15th century painting. Amazing thing.

Sunday, 3 April 2016


I spent a few days near Besancon, 250 km south of Strasbourg. Whilst discovering the city again (been a while), I suddenly felt the need for a public toilet. Here is what I found, the entrance is at the side. Played a little with the photo. Afterwards.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Foggy bottom, no boys

To check what I'm referring to, click here to see the video....

And click here for more Skywatch Friday pics. Oh well, it has to be Friday...somewhere.