Europe 2012: Day 91, Strasbourg


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Our last day in Strasbourg, France.

Wednesday, 9/05/12

Woke at 8am.   It is sunny  and cool.

I decide to go out and get a coffee.   As  I have mentioned before, cafes don’t open until around 9am, but that is too late for me.   I find one that is open and I stand at the bar and drink my expresso – just like the French do.

Today is our last day in Strasbourg.   By this time, we have done all the “highly recommended” sights.  Today we will do some of the “recommended” ones.   I also want to do some shopping.  With  fifteen days left to our journey, it is time.

We leave the hotel around 10am and walk to the Petite France area where there are lots of stores and an old church my DH would like to see.   The weather is wonderful!  We find the Old St. Peter’s Church without a problem.  We also find a supermarket where we duck in to buy bananas for breakfast.   My DH bites into one and announces “this is the best banana I have ever tasted!”   I took a taste – he’s right!  Here are a couple of pictures of the church:

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Exterior of Old St. Peter’s Church.

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The altar of Old St. Peter’s Church.

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One just can’t see too many stained glass windows.

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This stained glass windows has roses. Apparently, this is very unusual according to the informational flyer at the church.

After the church, we walk to the canal and follow it into the heart of Petite France.   Here are some pictures:

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Canals are everywhere!

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A street in La Petite France.

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This is a wonderful place just to wander and take in the architecture!

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Very pretty dinnerware! Very tempting to buy!  Very expensive.  Very breakable, too.

We duck into a few stores but I can not find what I want.   I like those intricately cut iron wallhangings but I can’t find a motif I like in that size that is affordable.

The big activity for the day is going to the Musuem of Alsace.   This museum consists of an actual Alsace house that has been restored to it’s glory.   It is huge and has an exhibit of a kitchen, dining rooms, living room, a courtyard, and various other rooms that display pottery, clothing, winemaking, etc.   I found the place to be fascinating.  Here are some pictures.

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The third building from the left is the Museum of Alsace.

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The dining room of the Museum of Alsace.

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The bedroom of the Museum of Alsace.

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The Museum of Alsace has three stories. All stories are connected via outdoor stairways that make up this internal courtyard.

After the museum, we walk our way back to the Petite France district and have lunch at Le Baeckeoffe D’Alsace where the specialty is Baeckeoffe – a crock pot full of veggies and meats braised in wine wine for hours.   We arrive at 1:30pm and order a beer and the daily menu to share – Baeckeoffe, salad, and dessert.   The Baeckeoffe is good (mostly potatoes and beef), the salad was crisp, and the dessert consisted of stewed apples, apricots, and pineapple with a scoop of pineapple sorbet.   For 20 Euros, it was plenty of good food for two people.

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Plenty for two, Baeckeoffe is a crockpot full of veggies and meats braised in wine wine for hours. Yummy!

We finish lunch around 3pm.   The day was so nice, that we decided to take a final walk through Strasbourg – the place is small so it will not take long.   Looking at the map, my DH spies the New St. Peter’s Church near the edge of the Old Town.  We head there and find that this church is amazing!   Most of the interiors we have seen of medieval churches have faded to grey stone, but this churchh as retained most of its original paintings.  Here are some pictures:

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The courtyard of the New St. Peter’s Church.

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Unlike so many churches, the paintings in the New St. Peter’s Church are still in their full colorful glory!

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The organ in the New St. Peter’s Church.

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Lovely paintings everywhere!

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I could sit here all day!

After the church, we walk to the large shopping center across the street.   I am always curious as to what shopping malls in Europe look like.   I am also always disappointed to find out that the malls in Europe look like the malls in the US – this one is no exception.   However, we did find a large supermarket and we purchased a large box of Golden Grahams – yippy!   We weren’t able to find Golden Grahams in Germany.

Around 6pm, we go back to the hotel to rest.   My DH surfs the web on the Kindle while I publish Day 60 of my blog.    At 8pm, we make our way to Caveau Gurtlerhoft for our final meal in Strasbourg.   This is a nice homey underground restaurant across from the cathedral.   We split an order of Gruyere and Bacon Salad and a Flambe – the thin cracker crust covered in cheese and fresh mushrooms.   Both were delicious!    For dessert, I order the Café Gourmand – expresso, and three mini-desserts of a flaming Crème Burelle, a While Mousse, and a Chocolate Chip cookie with Hazelnuts.  Excellent!

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Interior of the Caveau Gurtlerhoft, Strasbough, France.

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For dessert, I order the Café Gourmand – expresso, and three mini-desserts of a flaming Crème Burelle, a While Mousse, and a Chocolate Chip cookie with Hazelnuts.

As we walk back to our hotel, the wind is picking up and reminding us that summer is nearly gone!   We have three more cities left on our tour of Europe.   Tomorrow we go back into Germany to visit Cochem.

Quote of the day:   “This is the perfect day for walking around!” — DH

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