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Le Pont Canal

As you may know, France is criss-crossed by canals. These were originally used to transport goods, but are now mostly used by recreational boaters. At the end of the 19th century, officials were unhappy with having the main north-south canal cross the flood-prone Loire, so they decided that a bridge needed to be built to …

Nan-see

Departing Strasbourg with some reluctance, we made a short drive to Nancy (see pronunciation, above). This much smaller city turned out to have a beautiful central core. Left unphotographed is a large and popular park with the usual French compliment of strolling paths, ponds, and places to drink wine. Maybe part of my good feeling …

Which is Better?

Most churches are inarguably better decorated on the inside than the outside. After all, that’s where God and the parishioners money reside. But Strasbourg Cathedral calls that conventional wisdom into question. Sure, the interior is fantastic, including a set of organ pipes that have been affixed high on the wall since the 14th century. But …

Crossing the Frontier

We’re in France! Specifically, Strasbourg in Alsace. I love France and the French. How can you not love people who value art, cuisine and leisure and put philosophers, musicians and scientists on their currency? I have a huge post coming up on the Cathedral, but first a few photos I took while hobbling around town …

Baden-Baden

During our two and a half days in Baden-Baden we did a couple of walks through the town and surrounding area. As a spa town, Baden-Baden attracted more than its share of major and minor nobility, and wealthy commoners. As the photos show, they built some pretty nice homes for themselves. We dined at this …

Bond. James Bond.

Remember the 007 movies where Bond would strip off a wet suit or something revealing an impeccable tuxedo underneath? Then he’d stroll into a casino that looked nothing like the ones most of us have seen. Today we visited the casino at Baden-Baden, an old school German spa town. I’ll get around to showing you …

Würzburg

We made the 26km drive from Vogelsburg to Würzburg in the rain this morning to have a look at the Rezidence, the opulent home of a series of Prince-Bishops starting in the early 18th century. I had low expectations. Once again life demonstrated that I am an idiot. “Opulent” barely begins to describe the place. …