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

Thursday, 26 March 2020


No, no sweets today, but an Indian recipe, cabbage with rice, with a dozen spices. The problem with being blocked at home is overeating. Trying to keep it at bay. A guy here in France run a marathon on his 7 meters long balcony. 6029 lengths, in 6 hours...

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Confinement, day 9

When you want to go out, but can't. It's lethally dangerous out there.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

European House of Headaches

Not a hospital, but the ECB, European Central Bank in GFrankfurt. Preparing the... after. Won't be easy, headaches a-plenty.

Monday, 23 March 2020

A Monday Mural

Confinement, week 2. Well, he looks bored. I'm not! I have about a hundred cookbooks (never counted them), and with 2 small supermarkets 5 minutes away, I try to diversify my alimentation. What about you, how do you survive?
More Monday murals here.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Confinement, day 6. At home, on a nice sunny day

Wish I was on a boat, in South Pacific... Any Covid-19 on the Cook Islands???
More weekend reflections here

Friday, 20 March 2020


Aka confinement, day 4. Trying to stay busy, but not going out.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020

Lock down, day 2

It's all so quiet... Waiting for an update from Mr Macron tonight. Will it be confinement, like in China, Spain, Italy?

Sunday, 15 March 2020


Well... I was supposed to fly to Istanbul for a few days this week... A much needed break. Problem: France is a Covid-19 hotspot. So, a few days ago, Turkey imposed a 14 days quarantine to all coming from France and a few other countries. And then, was night, France was put on lockdown, until further notice. Can't even visit my old mum in her retirement home.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Café Atlantico

We have several barges in town, used for theater, cabaret, culture, and... coffee. Soon enough, it will be warm enough to enjoy a coffee in the sun. But not today.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Sloth and hoopoe

At a local shopping mall, by Florimond Mochel, a Strasbourg graphic designer. His website is here.
More Monday murals here.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Beer lights

Ac different kind of restaurant... Love it, even if I can't stand beer!

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

49 degrees of latitude north

67 km from Strasbourg as the crow flies, right in the center of the zoo in Karlsruhe, the monument signaling 49 degrees of latitude. Well, the monument is situated at exactly: N 48° 59.945 E 008° 23.999

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Monthly theme day: municipal building

City daily photo's theme day. As I didn't have the time to find something in Strasbourg, here is an old photo, from a past life. The ayuntament, aka Barcelona city hall, during the yearly Merce festivities.
More to see here.