Today was great. It turns out Strasbourg is incredibly nice and clean (despite the yellowish brown haze of unfiltered cigarette smoke everywhere in Europe). French people, in a French city . . . being nice! It was incredible. True to form, the train station was dirty, but that was it for Strasbourg. The creepy cathedral and La Petit France were delightful. And S-bourg's tram was excellent, and city layout very cool.
We started the day at the train station swithcing our tickets to bypass our reservation in the arctic, snowy Swiss mountains. The SCNF (French rail) lady, Danielle, helped us out and was the nicest woman we've met on the trip so far. We should send her a thank you note or something. Now we go to the Cinque Terre tomorrow and stay for an extra two days. We'll miss Gimmelwald and the Schwarzwald in Germany. It's on to better weather and more days even better than today.
After tromping around touristy Strasbourg as the only Americans there (everyone in Paris kept asking us "Why you go to Strasbourg?"), we checked out the EU headquarters part of it and the university and we ate at some cafe where I was actually able to use some German. Being on the border, most people in S-bourg speak French and German. I was surprised, and Jo was a little impressed, at how I did.
Tonight Cathia (our hostess) took us to a friend's restaurant. I can't pronounce the name correctly, but it's down there in the pictures. We've packed up our stuff and now we're ready to move on out of France and into sunnier places.
aboves: Strasbourg's cathedral really rivaled, if not bested Notre Dame
staiend glass window bigger than most in Europe
the pillar of angels inside the cathedral
La Petit France. Very quaint.
ghetto internet access in the Strasbourg train station