Strasbourg in February

We spent another weekend in the Alsace region, and as usual, we spent Friday night at a hotel in the center of town.

From the Hotel Cour du Corbeau, it is only a two-minute walk over the canal bridge to get to the flea market on Saturday morning. This time I found only one little treasure (a wooden display case of preserved butterflies). My favorite little coffee shop nearby had also closed its doors for good. We ended up at Starbucks instead. This has been only my second visit ever to Starbucks – once at the Tokyo Airport, and now in Strasbourg.

With a rather light load in my  flea market shopping bag, we took a stroll around and explored some streets we had never walked before. We were also on the lookout for a nice pub to stop by after dinner.

The Strasbourg Cathedral

On one of the many bridges crossing the canal.

… and here we are entering the courtyard to our favorite Hotel – the Hotel Cour du Corbeau.

A Winter Day in Oberursel

In late January, I had the chance to visit the old part of town in snowy weather. My walk took me from the market square through the Strackgasse, and then back to the U-Bahn station.

Oberursel Market Square

At the market square, next to the restaurant Marktweib, you find one of the 40+ fountains of Oberursel.

This must be one of the most photographed views of Oberursel.

Oberursel and St. Ursula Church

The Strackgasse, leading from the market square back into the Vorstadt (commercial area), was rather quiet on that Wednesday morning around 10 o’clock.

Strackgasse in Oberursel

The half-timbered houses (German: das Fachwerkhaus) are maintained in very good condition.

Strackgasse in Oberursel

When we first arrived in Oberursel in 1995, we were meant to stay for two years… 24 years later, we are happy to stay longer.

Aerial Video of Oberursel and Camp King

View from the cockpit of a Piper PA-28 while flying over Oberursel on the way to the Feldberg Mountain on 18 July 2004.

 

 

Thanks, Richard F. in SC, for sharing this one.

Where to Get Free Books in Oberursel

Just recently, the Rotary Club of Oberursel sponsored this book donation bin in the north of Oberursel (across from Trattoria Pizzeria Wilma on Camp-King-Allee).

The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss

 

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

On this rather windy Sunday evening, my friends Chihyun and Hyein stopped by for a get-together. I had not seen Chihyun since he left Germany in January 2014. Hyein, being a next-door neighbor, I see on a regular basis. 🙂

Chihyun An and Hyein Han from South Korea/대한민국

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