24 Hours in Strasbourg, France

We usually go to Strasbourg once a year, and our highlights remain staying at the 4-star Hotel Cour de Courbeau, and then visiting the flea market on Saturday morning. Again this year, we got there on Friday around 3pm, and left the city on Saturday shortly after lunch. It is enough time to pack in quite a few things, such as a visit to the Alsatian Folklore Museum (about a minute walk from the hotel), visit a few restaurants, shop at the flea market, stop for some coffee and a pain au chocolat, and much more. We usually park at the Austerlitz Car Park, which is a minute from the hotel, has clean facilities, and the rate for one day is just under euro 20.

This is always our first stop – the bridge overlooking the River Ill.

Boat touring the River Ill

This is an ad for the city’s upcoming plans – to build a floating jetty, across from the Historical Museum.

Floating jetty for Strasbourg

This is the courtyard of the Hotel Cour du Corbeau. Built in 1580, it has served as an inn (or hotel) for most of its time since then.

 

View from our room onto the balcony. Last year, we were able to sit on the balcony late in the evening. This year, a Siberian wind made it impossible.

Some of the interior was renovated to reflect its original half-timbered building style.

This is what I found at the flea market – a sewing table, with a painting by Louis Bollinger (a.k.a. BOLL or BOLI).

The Source of the Seine River

The source of the Seine River is located in Source-Seine, Burgundy on the Plateau of Langres in the department of Côtes d’Or. The park area is nicely kept and ideal for picnics and strolls.

This man-made grotto, built in 1865 above the Seine source, houses a statue of the nymph Sequana.

Source Seine

I did a bit of water-tasting.

We also passed through this little town, Billy-lès-Chanceaux, where we saw a somewhat bigger version of the Seine.

Billy-lès-Chanceaux and the Seine

Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the full width of the Seine River. This one will have to do.

In Paris, the river’s width varies from 30m to 200m.

This photo is from 2014, and the padlocks are gone by now, removed by the city in June 2015.

Usuki Stone Buddhas – a National Treasure

Here we are visiting the Stone Buddhas in Usuki (more about this National Treasure at Kyushu Tourist Information).

Usuki Stone Buddhas

Usuki Stone Buddha park surroundings

Cherry blossom petals were everywhere near the end of the hanami season.

Stairs in Usuki

Bamboo forest in Usuki

Wandering crabs in Usuki

While watching our step going up the stairs, we also noticed quite a few river crabs working their way down.