Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reminiscences once more!

I want to digress once-in-a while. Travelling is one of my passions, but  have not done so this year so I experience some melancholy. I am posting some old shots from Strasbourg, France, to pacify the wandering spirit. In doing so, I relive some experiences and was able to recall the scenes so vividly. I even remember the slightest of puns and fun.

My companion here was a lady from Croatia, who was my constant companion while we were there. We walk through small streets, took the cruise in La Petite France and we also laughed so well. We also ate a very big sandwich at the above restaurant with a wonderful cup of hot coffee, something so welcome after a long walk in a cold weather. She is a plant scientist and a member of the UPOV or International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties.


 La Petite France with a lot of tourists, cafes and small souvenir stores. At the right is the famous Cathedral, built in a span of four centuries, 1015 to 1439. Housed inside is the 18-meter high astronomical clock, which is one of the tallest in the world, and a fine example of Swiss artistry. I have already posted that old clock in a previous post.  
                
 It looks like a lazy day and people leisurely walk around. Some old ladies like those at the left seem to be just living here, or locals. This paved concrete is already newly constructed, as older ones have cobble stones like those in front of the cathedral.

Croissants are my favorite even in my own country. So that is what i got with a cup of coffee while waiting for my boarding time at the above gate, F34. Charles de Gaule International Airport is so vast viewed from the air, and reaching this gate took me a long walk using conveyor belts, detour walks and stairs. Whew, it is good i have more time spared before boarding, to contemplate on so many things. And i realized i should have extended my stay for at least even just a week.

I have been to Paris, but was not even able to get close to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. I saw only a two meter Eiffel Tower viewed from inside the plane coming here to Strasbourg. On the way out was a cloudy day and I can't get a better view. Well, hope on all hopes, to visit this  place again in this lifetime! Miracles do happen sometimes, i hope this is one of them!

Scenic Sunday

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos from Strasbourg... We too love to travel (as you know) --but we have never been to France. In fact I have never been overseas at all. George has --but that was BEFORE we met...

    Thanks for sharing the beauty.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy, the US is a very big continent and diverse in landscape, so even if you don't go out to sea, you also seem to have been abroad! You should try once to travel abroad, that will widen your horizon in terms of culture, at least!

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  2. The Writers' Almanac for today had a little piece on Eiffel, the engineer who designed both the internal framework of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. If I remember correctly, the piece said that the framework of the Eiffel Tower is so light, in comparison to its size, that it would all fit in a 2" depth of the footprint of the base of the Tower, if it were all melted down. That seemed pretty amazing to me.

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    1. Oh thanks Gaia, that is a wonderful piece of information. Why have you not been updating your posts lately? Maybe your area is so cold now!

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  3. We have been to France once and loved it. We were in Paris, not Strasbourg, though. We would like to go back and see different parts of France. Thanks for sharing your memories!

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  4. wow, those buildings ae amazing. :)

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  5. wow, looks like a perfect getaway. thanks for sharing your wonderful journey with us. I visited Paris several years ago but haven't set foot in Strasbourg. i'd love to visit France again after seeing your wonderful photos.

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  6. Always nice to reminisce one's travels. Lovely shots Andrea.

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  7. Beautiful shots from a lovely place.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I too love to reminisce about the old places I've been when I pull up photos on my computer. I think there are a ton of places you've been and haven't blogged yet. So go ahead and do that :)

    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Lovely memories Andrea. I spent a week in Paris with my family, I was 17. We were disappointed not to be able to go to the top of the Eiffel tower. In winter they shut the top deck.

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  10. Wow your photos bring back memories of my trips to France. I've been there twice but still would love to re-visit. My second visit was with my children when they wanted to visit Euro Disney which newly opened. They still have lovely memories and can remember every small detail.

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  11. I have never been to France. It looks like I would love the architecture very much, besides the big tourists sites. You travel to some very cool places. Nice photos.

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  12. Andrea, happy new year to you and your loved ones!

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