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!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Monday, 1 August 2016

Sunday, 31 July 2016


Strasbourg is basically an island, la Grande Ile, the big island. A lot of water here. It used to be far more, as many of the streets are dried out rivers (called ramblas in other places). So canoes should be a convenient way of going around town...

Friday, 29 July 2016


Did I mention that Strasbourg is a colorful and very international place???

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Sunday, 24 July 2016

A troubadour

French, from Provençal trobador, from trobar ‘find, invent, compose in verse’.

Friday, 15 July 2016

14 juillet, Bastille Day

The traditional 14/7 fireworks, as seen from the safety of our balcony.

Skywatch Friday is here.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Carpe diem

14 juillet, aka Bastille day. Today, 227 years ago, Parisians stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, freeing all 5 prisoners (including the Marquis de Sade), shouting liberté, égalité, fraternité, liberty, equality, fraternity.
Empty words nowadays...  Very little of it left, if any.
Big army parade in Paris, militaristic lobby sponsoring...
As for me, I am neither militaristic, nor patriotic or a nationalist at all, as they are all empty, hateful words for me. Symbols of oppression. But then, I am so little french after all.
And anyway, I hate ALL flags!
But hey, it's a day off! So carpe diem, let's have a nice meal!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


This is the very inviting entrance to a hotel on the Place du Corbeau, or raven square.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Monday, 11 July 2016


Gosh, she is tall!!! 142 meters. Which makes impossible to get her on one single photo without a very expensive fisheye. But where is a will, there is a way, with a photo-stitching program. 7 photos in one, using Microsoft ICE, a free program.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

A Weekend Reflection

There are many many art galleries in town, a surprising number for a midsize city...
This is for the Weekend Reflection meme. Click here to see more reflections from all around the world.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Let's throw someone in the river!

The big naval battle, Strasbourg vs Schiltigheim. When I left, Strasbourg was leading, 2-0

Friday, 8 July 2016

The hat man

It is pink tourist weather, Thanks mate for your invaluable contribution to the general wellbeing!
And no thanks, I dont like hats.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Tu tires ou tu pointes???

Pétanque, aka boules. More commonly played in the south of France. Two main ways to play it: rolling the ball, or shooting it. The goal is to get your ball closest to the cochonnet, the smaller ball.
It is a men's game for some reason, you rarely ever see women playing it. Maybe they have better things to do. A shame.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Monday, 4 July 2016

The 1776 BREXIT

Yes, they did it 240 years, exiting Great Britain (not the EU, lol!).
And 150 years ago, the first US general consulate opened in Strasbourg, adorned with a flag, with 36 stars and 13 stripes.
2 interesting documents about it, here, and also here, the latter from President Obama. Have a look!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Saturday, 2 July 2016

A weekend reflection

No nice weather at all at the moment, cloudy, drizzle. But now and then, it is good enough for a drink outside.

More Weekend Reflections here.

Friday, 1 July 2016

CDP monthly theme day: look down

Looking all the way down, on a flight home from Barcelonavto Strasbourg one Christmas, via the French and Swiss Alps. These are the Aiguilles d'Arve, in Savoie, Savoy.

Moore theme day photos from my City Daily Photo friends here