7/20/17 Strasbourg, Alsace, France
Another early coach ride after breakfast into Strasbourg. During intermittent showers, we took a walking tour with a local guide who is also a photographer and traveler with a blog called Amazing Strasbourg.
After viewing the old town, we were surprised with a visit a chocolatier for a sample.
Umbrellas up; off to Notre Dame Cathedral, the highest existing church built entirely within the Middle Ages.
The cathedral may be seen from streets that converge on the square surrounding it on two sides.
This is the third iteration of a centuries old astronomical clock .
I did explore on foot more of the city through the rain, leaving the Place de Cathédral and nearby Kammerzell House of the 15th and 16th C – the oldest commercial building in Strasbourg, shown above – and arriving at Gutenberg Square.
Gutenberg lived in Strasbourg at least until 1444. In 1440 he unveiled a secret of printing possibly involving early trials using movable type; details are unclear. By 1450, his printing press was in operation, a seminal event that ushered in the modern era.
By this time I was beginning to feel that rare episode of hunger and became slightly chilled, so I found Amy and we decided to return to the boat for lunch and to catch up on the photo processing.