Sunday, 9 October 2016

It's all so quiet...

I love going through on sunday! I like the quiet, the few people around take their time. And so do I!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

UDS:3. Nobel: 4

The university garden. The local U is the Université de Strasbourg, or UDS (formerly ULP, Université Louis Pasteur). 3 universities in one, with 50.000 students and 4000 researchers. And 4 obel Prize winners working there right now, teaching, 3 in physics, one in chemistry. The U teachers won 3 Nobel prizes since 2011. You might see them in the garden...
More b&w for this weekend here.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Raven's court

Actually the raven's courtyard. Ravenscourt is a tube station in London, from where I commuted daily for a few years. Well, couldn't resist, couldn't I!
Anyway, this is the Cour du Corbeau. An old inn, it became a hotel in 1528. Yeah, things are old here! This is the entrance to it, 57 rooms in a 4 stars hotel, a few minutes from the cathedral.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

The CIA chateau

Well, we even have our very own castle here, the chateau de Pourtales! With a rich history.
Built in 1784, called after Mélanie, countess of Pourtales, a favorite of Napoleon the 3rd. When she was in town, she had many hosts: King Ludwig the 2nd of Bavaria, the German emperor, the Prince of Wales, many kings and queens, Albert Schweitzer, Franz Liszt, and so on.
Melanie died in 1914, and her castle closed in 1939.
After the war, the castle housed the Free Europe University in Exile founded by the CIA in 1951 to form cadres for the reconquest of Eastern Europe. I wasn't aware of this when I played in the park and used the chateau's toilets in the 60es...
In 1972, it became a campus of Schiller International University.
A fancy hotel occupies now the former stables, see below

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Abandoned bunker on the Maginot Line

One of the last bunkers in Strasbourg. There used to be a lot more of them, as we are right on the german border. Growing up the 60es,  we kids used to play hide and seek or cowboys and indians in them.
Still a necessary thing for many.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

CDP monthly theme day: abandoned

These are the 2 abandoned kittens we rescued in the last 8 years, In Cyprus and in Spain. Rio and Bundles.
How could someone have abandoned them at the first place??? Beats me.
More about the City Daily Photo blogs theme day here. And thanks, Peter, for not abandoning us! :-)

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Into the wild

As I needed to take off rust from my legs, I went for a long walk (16 km, 8.5 miles) into the wild, aka the foret de la Robertsau, north of town. Many ponds in the area! And some critters.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Between the lines, or music is the key

I spotted this... painting (?) yesterday, in front of the university. As I am curious by nature, I dug, and fund out more. The artist call himself Dan23, His paintings are based on meetings with various people, and on music. More about it here 

Monday, 26 September 2016

The fish market

I am cooking right now, so this seems the perfect post... Well, no fish tonight, I'm doing a fish-less Moroccan couscous.
This was painted by Joachim Beuckelaer in 1568, and can ce seen at the Palais des Rohan. More about the painter here.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Not your everyday car

2 CV, deudeuche, 2 chevaux... You dont see them very often anymore, and that's unfortunate, very unfortunate

Friday, 23 September 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The palace of the princes-bishops-cardinals de Rohan

That's right, they were princes, bishops and cardinals, all together, all at the same time. And well, seems they didn't like Ikea forniture...
The bedroom, far bigger than our flat:
They were short people.
Wonder what the toilet looks like...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

From Mooloolaba to Strasbourg, via Mulhouse!

Right, some background info... Mooloolaba is here:
I had the great pleasure and privilege of meeting Jo and Peter, fellow bloggers from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia, in our not so sunny Strasbourg (well, not today anyway). They are "nomads", traveling through (mostly) french canals for a few months every year. Here is their cosy and comfy  ride:
Thank you, my friends, for the lovely time together! It is always a joy to meet fellow City Daily Photo-bloggers! 
Follow their adventures here!

PS... The boat is moored on the Quai des Belges, Belgian quai. Let's rename it 

Monday, 19 September 2016

A day at the museums

This weekend was European Heritage weekend. Many places were opened for free. So, I went to three museums, and one palace. Perfect  rainy day for this! I've seen many wonderful sights! I will show you, follow the guide!

Friday, 16 September 2016


A little earlier today, like many of you; I tried to get a somehow decent shot of the harvest moon. Hand held, without a tripod. Didn't work.
Anyway, after inputting the shots in my trusty Adobe Lightroom , trying to save something nevertheless.  To my immense surprise, I saw this: a blue planet.
As far as I know, we only have ONE moon...So, what is this thing??? Did I discover a new moon? Will they name it

PS: Damn! I suddenly realize... It was the blue street lights reflecting on my lense... So, no galactic glory for me. Oh well...

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

True colors

The general color mood here is a drab pinkish-grey, more grey than pink. But now and then, you find some colorful places

Monday, 12 September 2016


Dancers, dressed in traditional Alsatian garb. Well, from this area, as every town or village has its own variation. Dancing is mostly jumping and turning around your dance partner.
And this is the band, playing equally traditional Umpapa music.A brass band, the music is typically southern German. By far not everyone's taste.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Thursday, 8 September 2016

A bit of coddiwompling

Well, I ventured a little further away from Strasbourg, all the way to the land of the Swiss, an hour and a half away, for a little coddiwomple. To the city with many names, Basle, Basel, Bale, Basilea is quote wonderful, specially on a sunny day!
No plan, been there umpteen times before, usually for chocolate shopping. Just walking around. Coddiwompling.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The medical bill, aka the oldest wine in the world

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the oldest barreled wine in the world, in the basement of the old hospital, in the city center. It was given to the hospital in payment of a medical bill in 1472, 544 years ago. Not much cash around those days.
And how does it taste???
It is a yellow wine, 9.4 ° alcool, It taste of Madeira and herbs.
It was drunk only 3 times, in 1576 (by some people of Zurich, as a thank for them bringing warm...porridge), 1718 (foundation of the "new" hospital) and 1944 (by french  General Leclerc, who delivered Strasbourg from the Germans. Not alone though; he had some guys helping him). Who will be next, and when??? Will it be you? If it's you, bring me some, pleeeeaaaaase!

The lighter barrel next to it is a young wine from 1525. No worries, you can buy some more ordinary, very affordable wines. These are 20.000 liter casks.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Je suis stressé

I am stressed, says the guy having a coffee in bed.
Fitting on a monday.
Tag on an abandoned railway yard.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

A weekend reflection

My participation to the Weekend Reflections theme. The same, in black and white:

Saturday, 3 September 2016

The main library in town

Médiathèque André Malraux, the biggest public library in town (27 more). Books in several languages, magazines, CDs, DVDs, computers.
That's how it was 116 years ago, a warehouse for ships going up and down the river Rhine:
I confess, I am not a library user. Although a compulsive and avid reader, I prefer OWNING books? rather than having to give them back.

More infos about André Malraux here.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Minding my business

Here I was, minding my own business, when suddenly... Suddenly the annoying Mr Valls appeared out of thin air, the French prime minister, with his hoard of minder, soldiers, cops, overdressed belles, journalists, tv, and so on. He came to the place where I standing, admiring some cows. Please go away, the big guys with the thinggies in the ear told me.
Right, so I left the cows to Valls.
Anyway, he his about Bill Clinton's height (saw Bill at Easons, a bookshop in Dublin, some years ago).
No, he wasn't here for me! It was the opening day of the yearly European Fair.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Theme day: library

Here we go again: it's CDP's monthly theme, this month about libraries.
Well, here is one of mine, the open air free library in the Orangerie park. Take a book or two or five, bring them back (or not), donate your own books... Just feel free!
More library photos here!