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Springing out of winter hibernation

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, our family spent the weekend outdoors walking through the center of Strasbourg (Sunday) and along the Garden of Two Shores (Saturday). We crossed over the beautiful and impressive bridge by foot from France into Germany. Because, I am a terrible mother and blogger I forgot to bring my camera on Saturday. The pictures would have been wonderful with the parks, sun and river.

We ate lunch outside in the open air. Afterwards we walked in Kehl where I purchased some badly needed new shoes. Although the shoes were not cheeper than those in France, I bought them. Why? I am very picky about my shoes (I think this is the only think I am picky about). So, when I finally find a pair that I like I buy them. I will wear shoes until they are practically falling apart and I must search frantically for a replacement pair. I am just not one of those girls with a zillion pairs of shoes. I could not handle trying to figure out which pair to wear for the day. I have one pair of shoes and one pair of sandals that match all three of my outfits. Well, when you have kids you have less money to waste on clothes that they tend to ruin by smearing yucky faces or hands on anyway. Since becoming a mother I never buy clothes in light colors (never) and I have learned to simplify and reprioritize my life. While I try to look nice, I am not concerned about what is or isn’t in fashion. Maybe, when Boy Blue is three I will be able to dress as a “normal” person wearing beautiful colors and delicate fabrics as I once did a long, long, long time ago.

Strasbourg swans

There are many water birds in Alsace. Swans are found all over Strasbourg. Soon, little baby swans will be swimming beside their parents. The children adore watching all the baby swans and ducks swimming in the water.

Strasbourg swans

Strasbourg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a city that has the best of everything without being too big.


We parked near the Parc de l’Orangerie and walked all the way to the center of Strasbourg. I really missed our big walks. The first summer in Strasbourg, we would leave the apartment early Sunday mornings and not come back until just in time for a very late dinner.


As long as there is something to chew on, Boy Blue is a happy camper.


Petite Clown is always walking with her eyes on her feet and her head in the clouds. She walked right into a bush even while I was yelling for her to watch out. It was too funny.


Petite Clown asks, “Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?”
Sweet Bear answers, “He went thata way.”

The girls impersonating Warner Brothers cartoon characters. I seem to remember it as two dogs, but I searched Google and all I could find was Bugs Bunny. Anyone know?


Papa (in red jacket), Sweet Bear and Boy Blue are up ahead because Petite Clown was poking along and Mama stayed behind with her to make sure she didn’t get lost. She makes me think of one of my favorite books as a kid, The Pokey Little Puppy.

When she saw the playground she took off like a bolt. All the people around us were smiling at her toddler sprint. Watching her run, bouncing from one leg to the other like a toddler does, was better than all the ice cream in the world. It was priceless.


The girls love the kiddy playground at the Orangerie. It’s made to look like a castle and they pretend they are princesses.


Restaurant Buerehiesel at the Parc de l’Orangerie.

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  • kim March 22, 2006, 2:26 pm

    what a lovely day, thank you for taking me along on your walk, you described it perfectly! Seeing the pictures of the parks and water, made me remember the long walk my mum used to take me on when I was your kids age..I still remember them to this day, you’re really a great mum pumpkin, I can see that in all you do for your kids! :)

  • Pauline March 22, 2006, 2:28 pm

    But,but,but where are the shoes ?

    All those photos and no shoes, I am so disppointed. I ask, no I demand some some shoe photos :(

  • Pumpkin March 22, 2006, 4:16 pm

    Thank you, Kim. I have a feeling you are a great mother too!

    Ask and ye shall receive.

  • cj March 22, 2006, 7:28 pm

    Oh my goodness the pictures are beautiful!!!!! I have never been to france and have always wanted to go. I studied french in school but studied in Russia instead… .there are days I regret that decision.

    I love the pictures it shows such a great time.

  • Pumpkin March 22, 2006, 9:01 pm

    CJ- France is very beautiful. If you can ever come you will never ever forget it.

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