drinks and food in Strasbourg… local stuff. all, beer, wine, and tarte flambée were very good :D
Gay Pride 2012 in Strasbourg
mid June, we were in Strasbourg for only 2 days and a half… but we managed to do/see so many things. first of all, the main reason we were there was a conference - Living on the Edge, which was a very good opportunity to meet many people with different views, life-styles, activities etc., not the usual conference-goers.
one of the many things: during the last half of the day… while on the way back to the hotel, to take our stuff and head to the train station, we stumbled upon the Strasbourg Gay Pride. It wasn’t big, but it was happy :)
the situation - a car with a bride and groom was passing by, plus many wedding cars in the back… the cars had to stop because of the parade. That guy with wings came close to the car and started to dance. Groom’s and bride’s friends got out of their cars and wanted to take pictures together with the dancing guy. The bride was laughing… but the groom looked very nervous, ready to explode, especially because everyone was encouraging him to get out and also be in the pictures.
and my favourite pictures, that flying kiss was for me :))
we joined it for a short time, but anyway was fun.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg - 142 metres, tallest building in the world from 1647 to 1874 (wiki).
from the inside. i really like stained glass
astronomical clock. "Today tourists see only the sculpted figurines of this clock, but behind this ensemble there is a mechanism that engages and that represents one of the most beautiful curiosities of the Cathedral."
from the outside
and at night
during our short stay in Strasbourg, we made a quick visit to The Orangery Park (Le Jardin de l’Orangerie)… where we’ve seen these flamingos :) i think it’s the first time I’ve seen them live… a true combination of beauty (this would be the pink) and seriousness (let’s call their beak, eyes, ‘facial expression’ like this :) ) and elegance (the way they move).
The Orangery Park is the oldest and largest park in Strasbourg, situated opposite the Council of Europe building.
Designed by Le Nôtre in the late 17th century, its 138 orange trees were added after the revolution, hence its current name. The lodge was built in 1804, in honour of Empress Joséphine who enjoyed strolling here with Napoleon. The park was subsequently re-landscaped to create a romantic English style garden, and later extended for the great industrial and craft exhibition of 1895. Today, the park is both a popular place to stroll for families, and a small zoo including monkeys, storks, lynx, flamingos and chamois. Your children will also love the farmyard area, which includes domestic animals. Covering a total surface area of 26 ha, with its centuries-old trees, its rose garden and its flowers, the Orangery Park is the finest in Strasbourg.