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Strasbourg Beaux Arts and the Alsatian Folk Museum

Monday, December 7, 2015

Nativity Tableau at the Cathedral

Nativity Tableau at the Cathedral


Nativity from the Tableau at the Strasbourg Cathedral

Nativity from the Tableau at the Strasbourg Cathedral

Shepherds and Wise Men from the Tableau at the Cathedral

Shepherds and Wise Men from the Tableau at the Cathedral

Went to Le Part Thé for breakfast. Very nice apple crumble (crumble pomme). Walked on down to the Cathedral and got in line for Security, yes, Security to go into the church! They have everything under control. You get in a long line and shuffle through a clean Cathedral sans beggars. There is a tableau of the Nativity story arranged along the north wall and we were all taking pictures. Then you continue along the north wall with its newly-cleaned and repaired stained glass windows to the main altar where you turn and pass in front of the altar. The entire nave and south aisle of the church was off limits, pristine and utterly empty . . . and lovely. The church was clean, orderly and almost quiet. I’ve never liked the Cathedral in Strasbourg before because of the dirt and extremely aggressive beggars. This was a revelation and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. You are marched out past the astrological clock and I actually managed some pictures of it. www.frenchmoments.eu/strasbourg-cathedral/

Nave and organ at the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Nave and organ at the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Rose Window and organ at the Strasbourg Cathedral

Rose Window and organ at the Strasbourg Cathedral

Astronomical clock at the Strasbourg Cathedral

Astronomical clock at the Strasbourg Cathedral

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Palais de Rohan with the Beaux Arts Museum

Palais de Rohan with the Beaux Arts Museum

George Jones, View de la Place Gutenberg

George Jones, View de la Place Gutenberg


We exited facing Palais Rohan and got great views of the side of the Cathedral. Walked through the arch into the Palais to a mob of noisy school children. We followed signs up multiple flights of stairs to Beaux Arts and were informed the billet was downstairs! Always the gentleman, Ed volunteered to hike back down and get our tickets and left me perched comfortably on a bench by the window. In due time he returned with tickets and we entered. They have a very nice, though small, collection including an El Greco, Courbet, Lippi, Rubens and several Corots. [Palais Rohan, 2 Place du Château 67076 Strasbourg; tel: +33 (0)3 6898-5160] http://www.musees.strasbourg.eu/index.php?page=Musee-des-Beaux-Arts-en]

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Restaurant L’Ancienne Douane from the river

Restaurant L’Ancienne Douane from the river

Restaurant L’Ancienne Douane and the square beside it

Restaurant L’Ancienne Douane and the square beside it


We completed our tour and walked over to L’Ancienne Douane for lunch. It was beautifully decorated, brightly lit and filled with several office parties and we were seated in the midst of all the celebrations which was great fun. Ed got pike quenelles with a nice Riesling and I got a ham knuckle on sauerkraut with a good Alsatian beer. Both meals were very good. The servings were huge so we skipped dessert and left to visit the Folk Museum across the river. [Restaurant A l'Ancienne Douane, 6 rue de la Douane 67000 Strasbourg; tel: +33 (0)3 8815-7878; www.anciennedouane.fr; e-mail anciennedouane.rv@elior.com]

*****


Alsatian Folk Museum in Strasbourg

Alsatian Folk Museum in Strasbourg

Alsatian Folk Museum in Strasbourg

Alsatian Folk Museum in Strasbourg

Alsatian Folk Museum in Strasbourg

Alsatian Folk Museum in Strasbourg


The Folk Museum gave us a senior discount! We got the audio guides and they are excellent. You listen to what you want for as long as you want . . . unusual and nice. You also climb up and down a million stairs so the museum is not for the handicapped. It was a fun collection of Alsatian history and nicely presented. [Musée Alsacien, 23-25, quai Saint-Nicolas, Strasbourg; tel. +33 (0)3 6898-5160; (0)3 6898-5152; http://www.musees.strasbourg.eu/index.php?page=musee-alsacien]

*****

Lady feeding a swan across from the Alsatian Folk Museum

Lady feeding a swan across from the Alsatian Folk Museum

We walked out and along the river toward our hotel. I stopped to take pictures of a young woman feeding a very happy swan. Walking back, we stopped in St. Thomas Church that we had seen last night. One of the organs was designed by Albert Schweitzer and built in 1906. When we got to Petite France, we crossed the river and found the Spice Bread shop we’d seen yesterday and got two decorated heart cookies for Jean and Peg. Fun! Walked on and got two bretzels to go for our supper.

*****


Gare de Strasbourg at Christmas (with penguins)

Gare de Strasbourg at Christmas (with penguins)


Christmas Market at the Gare de Strasbourg

Christmas Market at the Gare de Strasbourg

Pretzels at the Christmas Market by the Gare de Strasbourg

Pretzels at the Christmas Market by the Gare de Strasbourg

The Luxembourg Blue Tree at night, lighted . . . pretty

The Luxembourg Blue Tree at night, lighted . . . pretty


Stopped at our hotel and left packages and took a short nap to rest our feet. Then we walked to the train station and through the Christmas market there. We got felt gingerbread-looking ornaments for all the kids and grandkids and he threw in a heart for us. At another booth we got Alsatian soaps for Edie and Carol Lynn. Fun. Walked through the train station so we’d know where to go tomorrow and then went back to the market for hot spiced wine that we drank with our bretzels for a picnic supper while watching all the people at both market and train station. It was dark and all the lights were on so we walked slowly back toward the Cathedral enjoying the lights and much lighter crowds. The blue glass tree from Luxembourg at Place Gutenberg was stunning at night. When we arrived at the Cathedral, there were a group of young women singing Christmas carols on the square. We stayed to listen for a while and enjoyed another rendition of Noel Blanc. Strasbourg is definitely the place to be for Christmas. We have loved it here.

*****

Carolers at the Cathedral Square . . . fun

Carolers at the Cathedral Square . . . fun

Back to the hotel and bed.

Posted by Beausoleil 10:40 Archived in France

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Strasbourg is a charming place.

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