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I love Strasbourg

We spent a wonderful week discovering all of Prague from the historical center to the grocery stores and villages located in outskirts. We are staying one week with my Inlaws in Strasbourg before returning home to Switzerland.

Saturday, we fought the crowds in the Grande Braderie de Strasbourg to exchange some of our Swiss francs into Euros. We were surprised that one of the employees still recognized us after over a year of not seeing us. She was always super nice with me even when I couldn’t speak French at all. Strasbourg is still our home in many ways even if we now live in Switzerland. For me, Strasbourg will always be home away from home.

Grande Braderie de Strasbourg
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The Grande Braderie de Strasbourg (Grand flea market of Strasbourg) which is held the last Saturday of July each year.

Cathedral de Strasbourg
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The Cathedral of Strasbourg. Oh how I missed this sight! We didn’t get a chance to go inside the Cathedral but we will at least once before we return home. I always light a candle for our family at the Cathedral when we visit.

Stasbourg, France
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This small grouping of houses in Place Kléber has always been a favorite of mine since the first time I visited Stasbourg before Vilay and I were married over seven years ago.

Grande Braderie de Strasbourg
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Place Kléber in Strasbourg.

Laëtitia Milot alias Mélanie Ritano
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Vilay waited to get an autographed photo of Laëtitia Milot alias Mélanie Ritano to taunt his female co-workers who are addicted to Plus belle la vie. Plus belle la vie is a series that is shown on France 3. He got two cards autographed since I was able to grab a second as a man was handing them out while Vilay stood in the crowd holding out his card as the others are shown above.

Laëtitia Milot alias Mélanie Ritano
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In the photo above you can get an idea of how many people were pressed forward with waving cards to get a glimpse of their favorite star.

When we return to Switzerland I will post about Prague. I need to spend more time preparing the posts than I am able to here in Strasbourg.

Strasbourg is easy for me to post about since it was my home for over three years. I was lucky to have lived here and each time I see Strasbourg I am reminded of how much I miss it. We have walked every street of Strasbourg and visited more villages and cities in Alsace than I can list. I know Alsace as well as I know the Dayton area back home in Ohio.

I love Alsace. But, who doesn’t?

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  • Katie July 29, 2008, 2:51 am

    It looks like you guys are having a blast! Strasbourg is beautiful! :-)
    I always enjoy the pictures and stories you post. Have a great rest of your vacation!

  • Noelia July 30, 2008, 2:51 am

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I’ve never been to Stasbourg, but I’ve heard so much about it and “almost” moved there… Who knows what the future will bring? ;-)

  • Anna July 30, 2008, 9:35 am

    Oh, I love Strasbourg!! I was there last Saturday, too! (Hmh, ok, I am there almost every day, as my partner lives there :-)
    But I mean: I was at the Grand Braderie too! And I was also in the Cathedral, as I love sitting there and come down a bit.
    Maybe we even met? ;-)

  • sissi August 6, 2008, 3:26 pm

    I have never been to Strasbourg. The cathedral looks amazing.
    Is this city famous for the Marche de Noel?

  • Pumpkin August 6, 2008, 9:36 pm

    Katie,
    We did have a great vacation. The best part was being with family and we really missed being in Strasbourg.

    Noelia,
    You have got to go to Strasbourg and Alsace at least once. Alsace is like a storybook.

    Anna,
    I am really sorry that I didn’t think about setting up a date to meet with others while we were in Strasbourg. I didn’t get back with you sooner because I wasn’t sure when we were going back. My husband was playing with going back as early as Thursday or waiting until Saturday. We finally ended up coming back Friday because we were ready to be home. I will email you before we go to Strasbourg again to set up a meeting if you still would like to.

    Sissi,
    The first time I visited the cathedral I had tears in my eyes. It is full of detail and too beautiful for words. The Marche de Noel in Strasbourg is suppose to be the first to exist in the world. The Christmas tree is said to come from Alsace as well.

    Here is a link to a nice video of the Christmas market in Strasbourg. http://www.santatelevision.com/world/en0214/en0214.html

  • Anna August 8, 2008, 10:46 am

    Oh, sure, Pumpkin, I would like to! :-)
    @ Sissi: have you seen the small dog and the craftsman that carries the column? I love these two symbols most! :-)

  • Anna August 8, 2008, 10:47 am

    Sorry, I meant @ Pumpkin. Just seen that Sissi has not been in the cathedral. bit confused. ;-)

  • Pumpkin August 10, 2008, 10:32 am

    Anna,
    I have seen the dog but I don’t think I have seen the craftsman. I will have to look for it next time.

    I overheard a tour guide telling tourist that if you rub the dog you will have good luck but I haven’t found that writen anywhere.

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