france boat tour slideshow

We went on a boat tour in the blistering hot sun and saw all of this, spent about 2 minutes in the botanical gardens before they closed, and ended with dinner in front of the cathedral.

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french adventures, part 3

On our way to the cathedral, we passed a lot of cafes, delicious looking food, and street musicians.

Then, we turned a corner and stared up at THIS, completed in 1439.

It had amazing stained glass windows that supposedly told the story of the entire Bible

french adventures, part deux

Mariella, Shay, and I waited at a cafe for Jose and Molly to join us.

Then we walked towards the middle of town to check out the flea market.

But we got hungry. So we decided to come back. When you’re hungry in France, what do you eat? CREPES OF COURSE. We went to the little creperie to the left of this picture under the yellow overhang, in fact you can see where we sat:

I got a bacon, cheese, and egg crepe! Apparently, your egg comes on the top of the crepe…? Anyway, eating crepes made me miss my friend Micah. He makes Nutella crepes that are just as good as any you can get in France.

Then we returned to the flea market. That is one of the coolest things to see in another country. Some of this stuff was REALLY old! It was so interesting. I mean, how ADORABLE is this doll house classroom?!




french adventures, part 1

This past weekend I went with some friends in BYAM to Baden-Baden in Germany, where we stayed at a hotel run by a lady who spoke no English whatsoever, and closed her hotel an hour before we got there. Luckily, she graciously came to the door and let us in after we rang the bell.
The next morning, we got up and drove across the border to Strasbourg, France. Country #11 for me! I was so excited. Strasbourg is a cute town and reminds me a little bit of Italy. We hit up “Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg” first. They speak French and German in Strasbourg, but not a lot of English. After searching for the entrance for this wine cellar for 15  minutes, Shay finds a German and goes, “Spreckenze English?” He shakes his head. “Spreckenze Deutsch??” “Ja!” And we were all so relieved to find someone who spoke our second language. Haha! It was an old wine cellar underneath a hospital. And when I say old, I mean 1472!

Here’s the entrance to the hospital…

I mean, how could I NOT take this picture….


We went exploring deeper into the cellar…

And found a dead end,

and some strange mysterious device that Shay almost broke,

and some really old wine….

And then we bought some wine from the local Alsace region. They are best known for their Riesling wines.