Dec 22, 2011

Strasbourg, France-Part One

I've never been to France. Heck, before 6 months ago, I'd never been to Europe! So when D's squadron set up a day trip to Strasbourg, France for sight-seeing and Christmas marketing I was ALL IN! I kept seeing visions of women dressed in fancy French clothes, walking their beret wearing dogs through the Champs-Élysées to bakeries where they would pick up crusty baguettes and colorful macarons to eat with their cordon bleu's and their sparkly champagne by the Eiffel Tower. Seriously. I was yearning to see all of the cliché French things you could think of! We aren't planning on going to Paris until this coming August, so Strasbourg was a nice way to test the French waters.

Needless to say, I fell IN LOVE with France.

Strasbourg is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Wiesbaden, so it's super easy to get to and spend a day exploring all that French culture has to offer!


Hello France! This was the view from our walk to the Cathedral. The whole city was decorated for Christmas. Totally got me in the holiday spirit!


Per the usual around here in Europe, one of the little Christmas markets was situated right in front of the ginormous Cathedral. I'm a sucker for an ornate religious backdrop.


This thing gave me vertigo. It's so tall and huge that I could never get the whole thing in a photo! Not to mention the crowds of people everywhere trying to do the exact same thing I was. There was a whole lotta bumping cameras going on.


Inside the cathedral...


It had a beautiful, hand painted organ as well as many biblical tapestries lined along the nave.


The Great Rose Window


D and I "petting" the dog on the pulpit. The story goes, when the Geiler of Kaysersburg would come to preach on this pulpit, he would always bring his dog. His dog would sleep at his feet while he preached, so when he died, they erected a new pulpit and carved and small sleeping dog in it. It's said to bring good luck to all who touch it. We'll see what happens. :)


The Astronomical Clock


Another view of the organ as we were leaving the cathedral.


After touring the cathedral, we hopped across the street to a set of museums inside the Palais Rohan. We only went into to one of the museums because they were 6 euros a piece. Yikes. The museum we chose showcased a collection of opulent staterooms once inhabited by the likes of Marie Antoinette and Napoléon Bonaparte. Wicked cool.


Glass olives, anyone?


After our visit to the staterooms, tummies were growling, so we headed out into the cold to find a bite to eat...but, I'll save that for another post. For now, I'll leave you with a sleepy D (the day is only half over, my dear!) to end this part of our Strasbourg re-cap. Until tomorrow, friends!

4 comments:

  1. yikes! i still have to do our strasbourg post! i've been there three times and i had no idea about the sleeping dog! so interesting! can't wait to read your next post.

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  2. Was it super crowded there when you were there? It was awful a few weeks ago. We could barely even move! Glad you guys had a good time!

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  3. So glad that someone else loves France! It is where your hubby's ancestors come from! (Well some of them!)

    You'll LOVE Notre Dame in Paris. Just remember to buy yourself a shawl and a little pull on sun skirt...it's just as hot in August as NC, but they require shoulders and knees covered.

    Love you! Skype date tomorrow. I'll text you with a time after I talk to momma.

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  4. Wow looks like you had a wonderful experience at the staterooms, following your journey and I love every bit of it. Hoping to see more posts soon!

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