Day 1 Strasbourg

Trip Start Dec 24, 2012
Trip End Dec 30, 2012

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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of France  , Alsace,
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Big day today. The plan was to tackle the Cathedral and the famous astrological clock. I made sure to give the kids a large breakfast of sandwiches + herbal tea and Strepcils for Lei and Frederick's coughs. (No use feeding these kids - as soon as we got to the Cathedral they were hungry for the sugary snacks.)

We got to the cashier for the clock and discovered it was closed for the holidays. Hearing the organ music, we ventured inside the Cathedral and were greeted by quite a spectacle. Christmas Mass Choir and organ music full blast and incense invading your nostrils. Josh and I thought it was heavenly, kids got a bit bored.

Got some great photos and videos of the singing.

To keep them waiting till the end, I told the kids the last hymn of Christmas Mass was always the most joyous - Aiden thought it'd be "jingle bells" bless his soul.

We stayed till the end, the hymn was "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" and have to say any good Choir from Scared Heart in Suva or Lady of Perpetual Help in Lautoka sing it much better (at least more joyfully). Funny how people were leaving before Communion and straight after. In Fiji, you'd be too madua to leave before the priest had left as he'd call you out next Sunday, or you just thought you'd sinned again and going to hell. Read a new word - Creasters - Catholics who only go to Mass on Christmas and Easter. Moral masturbation at its best.

We see the clock and it is amazing. Story with the photos.

After Mass we wander around the closed Markets. I called it - without snow and without anything distinct, the Strasbourg Christmas Markets are over-rated.

Feeling bored we bought 24hr tram tickets and caught a random tram going north. Nothing of interest except some huge, artistic synagogue. On the way back into town we decide - let's go to Germany. Kids were in the mood for curry wurst - delicious sausages smothered in tomato sauce or mustard and curry powder. It's a hangover from World War 2 starvation rations and is now a kitsch delicacy.

Kehl is the sister city of Strasbourg across the River Thine that serves as the France - Germany border. A short bus ride with the same 24hr tickets and we were in the middle of, an equally deserted town. We walked for ages to find anything that was open and had to settle for so-so pizza. Our culinary adventure turning out to be uneventful so far - sandwiches last night and pizza tonight. Hope we're not having Chinese tomorrow.

Anyway, we make it back to the Strasbourg markets by 6pm thinking they'd be alive, and they're closing! We buy more very expensive snacks and as we sit in front of the Mairie we decide that's it - next winter we go north, way north like Finland where they accept the Euro and they have real snow.
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