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Saturday, July 09, 2011

France/Spain 2011 - Day 3, Part 2 - Strasbourg

"The more things change, the more they remain... insane." - Michael Fry and T. Lewis

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France/Spain 2011
Day 3 - 19th March - Strasbourg
(Part 2)

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Cathedral square

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Strasbourg Cathedral

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Cathedral front

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Buildings came quite near to the cathedral, so there wasn't that much space in the square - and that much space for its full glory to be apparent


Strange band

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Statue to Jean Baptiste Kleber, a general from the Revolutionary era. He was born in Strasbourg, naturally.

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Homme de Fer (Man of Iron) tram station
They found a suit of armour (sans helmet) here in 1802. Apparently it's something to do with the Man in the Iron Mask (Masque de Fer).

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Sluices of Ill River

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Pont de Saverne

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Tree and Ill River, with La Petite France in the background

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Restoration of retaining walls of the "Covered Bridges"

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"Ponts Couverts" ("Covered Bridges")

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Island and Ill River

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Riverside housing

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Cute graffiti

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Less cute graffiti

There was a wedding shoot:

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La Petite France

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Church poster: "Pourquoi la souffrance ? Et après ? Quel sens à ma vie ?
Et vous quelle question poseriez-vous à Dieu ?"
("Why is there suffering? What happens after [we die]? What meaning is there in my life? And you, what would you ask God?")

My local companion said there're more young people going to church nowadays.

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Guy with very strange attire

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Strange toilet with 2 private cubicles.

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"These public conveniences are free of charge"
Why didn't they just translate "toilet"?

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Place Winston Churchill
According to the street sign, he won a Nobel Prize. I didn't realise he won the Nobel Prize for literature.
At the back: library and médiathèque (media library)

For lunch I went back to my companion's place and tried West African food (the first time I'd had Sub-Saharan food, I think):

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"Chiep". Tomatoes + oil + chicken + sticky rice

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Halal Butcher which sells wine. And if I understood my companion right, it also sold pork.

There was a McDonald's in a half-timbered house. Or what looked like one, anyway.
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