Alsace is know for its storks. I never did see a live one.
A metal stork above a store door
Strasbourg was a large Protestant area before King Louis XIV forced it to become Catholic. He, by the way, loved the area calling it a Garden and had many of his subjects move here resulting in some beautiful buildings including a chateau. His illegitimate son remained a Protestant and when he died they didn’t know what to do with his body, not wanting to taint a Catholic church or cemetery so he was buried in a Protestant church in Strasbourg. Here is his tomb. He is stepping down toward his casket which death is holding open. The weeping woman is France begging death not to take him. Strasbourg, by the way, was where Martin Luther posted his teachings on the door of the Strasbourg Cathedral starting the Lutheran Reformation.
Albert Sweitzer, that famous scientist, taught and preached in Strasbourg before coming to America. He was also known for his organ playing and this was the famous organ he once used for recitals.
Lots of those half-timbered buildings. I learned that they were almost like a piece of furniture in that they could very easily be dismantled and moved, then the empty parts were once more filled in with straw and plaster.
A bridge as the sun set. We were sitting at a cafe on the river having dinner.
The food in this region has a German slant as you might expect. I had the Tarte Flambee twice. It was on a very thin crust and was very tasty with a white sauce, cheese and bacon.
A closeup. I’m wondering if I could use an ordinary flour tortilla to recreate this at home.