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France

13th July
2011
written by Hazel

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In our post on Strasbourg I mentioned that we had bought some fancy cheese to have for dinner one night.  This turned out to be a giant stroke of luck since on our way to find some bread for the cheese we happened to walk right past a shop with little bits of fabric in the window!  We took a look and the designs in this shop were really awesome.  There were many of the fabrics which I would have liked to take and include!  However, we wanted one that was at least plausibly French and there was a clear winner:

France Fabric

France Fabric

This may be one of my favorite bits collected so far.  I absolutely love the colors, the daisy pattern reminds me of a different Daisy, and every time I look at it I will get to think about delicious cheese!

12th July
2011
written by Hazel

We left Luxembourg in the morning and had a rather slow train ride to Strasbourg, in France.  I’m not sure if there was something wrong with the train, but about every 20 minutes we would stop for five or ten minutes before continuing on.  And not at a station either, just in the middle of nowhere.  Still, it was pretty countryside and we were not in too much of a hurry.

Once we got to Strasbourg it about noon and we headed straight to the information desk in the train station.  They were very helpful and explained how to get the tram to the hotel we had booked, and what the best transportation options are.  Strasbourg has a really good tram system that runs at most hours of the day and it is possible to get a ticket (for about 5 Euros) that lets up to three people travel on the trams as much as they want for 24 hours.  This was so, so good.  We were able to see so much of the city and had no problems at all getting around.

Our hotel was called Cerise Hotel and was a big success.  Inexpensive, really clean, internet in the rooms (important because we still had a lot of planning we needed to do) and even had a fridge and microwave in the room so that you could eat in a bit.  We took pretty full advantage of that!

Our plan was to do a few hours of planning and work on updating the (very out of date) blog and then to get out and see something of the city in the evening.  Despite having a small setback with our internet not working, the hotel sent someone up immediately to fix it, and we were able to get a few days of plans finalized.  This calmed us down substantially and as we set out to see the city we were feeling so happy and positive!

We took the tram to the central area and then walked around taking it in.

Canal and "Petite France"

Canal and "Petite France"

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