19 Aug 2014
Strasbourg, France and The Black Forest
Strasbourg - The day started with a relaxing canal tour of Strasbourg.
Their Notre Dame Cathedral was the world’s tallest building until 1874. It’s the highest standing structure built entirely in the Middle Ages. This gothic masterpiece is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful buildings that I have ever seen.
It is the capital and principal city of the Alsace Region and the official seat of the European Parliament and dozens of international organizations, which makes it politically one of the most important regions in the European Union.
The Parliament Building looks unfinished on purpose symbolically saying that European unification is still work in progress.
Black Forest - A half day of touring was fine for me, but Allyn wanted to continue on to visit the Black Forest and have a piece of cake.
She liked the trees too. I guess I’ll have to take her to the Cascades sometime.
Besides cakes and trees, they are known for their cuckoo clocks. This is the world's biggest. The people and animals are life sized.
Alsace history – Being a baby boomer, I was raised thinking of Alsace as strictly French, although in the East with wines similar to one from nearby Germany.
It turns out they are a strong mixture of both of the two countries and have been back and forth for centuries due to war results. They speak their own language. Since 1871 they have been French three times and German twice.