Another World Heritage Site
This is one of my favorites of the etegami I have painted for our Europe trip. I love the contrast of the very bold lines on the roof and the scratchy lines made from a sharpened chopstick for the nest. And I always forget to "leave empty spaces" which I did this time and I can see what dimension and artistry it adds. Plus, I just LOVE the storks in Strasbourg!!
We drove down this street in Strasbourg (near a park) and being a bird-watcher, I was so delighted to see storks sitting on practically every rooftop! I borrowed someone else's photo below (because at this point we were stuck in a bus) to show how the city of Strasbourg has welcomed the storks by chopping off the treetops and putting platforms up for the storks to nest in. Turns out storks are silent birds, only making noise by clicking their bills (thus the quote above).
All throughout the area, we saw these platforms on steeple tops, rooftops, all welcoming the stork because apparently it is good luck to have storks on your rooftop!
And yes, there is the legend that they bring the babies.
The title of this blog refers to the fact that Strasbourg has changed hands between France and Germany several times in the past. As a result, it has a strong French flavor and a strong German influence
In Strasbourg, it's all about the buildings!
The most beautiful part of Strasbourg is Petite-France, which is not named for the country but the disease "Franzosenkrankheit" (syphilis). The hospital for treatment was in this area of the city.. It is filled will old medieval houses, canals, bridges. Absolutely enchanting!
This is the most photographed building in Strasbourg (which I used for my etegami) Maisson Tanneurs. This area of town had a lot of tanneries and the little dormer windows on many rooftops (such as below) were to get the smell out as well as dry the hides. It must have been very stinky.
The oldest building is the Kammerzell house built in 1471 (on the left) but there were old beautiful buildings everywhere, along with flowers and bridges.
Strasbourg is the site for several important EU buildings in deference to the fact that the city understands the importance of European unity
It is the seat of the European court of human rights(above)
which was designed to look like a ship on the ocean.
Also boasts the European parliament which was an unfinished looking building on purpose as there will hopefully be more countries joining in the future.
We were told that tarte flambee was a local specialty so ordered that for lunch. It was like a thin crust pizza with a creamy cheese and onions. Quite yummy
At the wine bar, we had a toast for our anniversary.
How fun to do this in France!!