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6:26pm on Thursday, 7th May, 2009:

Strasbourg in Pictures


Because I know you like travelogues of the exotic places I visit in my capacity as world-famous virtual world pioneer...

Here's what your room in the European Youth Centre will look like, just in case you couldn't be bothered to envision it from my description yesterday:

Yes, it does look as if it's meant for primary school children. The rest of it is much the same:

Still, at 44 euros a night, who's complaining? Well, other than me, obviously...

Strangely reminiscent of the BBC HQ in London, this is what the European Parliament looks like:

Plenty of work for window cleaners, there...

The Human Rights Centre is more reminscent of a hospital:

This is the Agora Building, where I spent most of the day. According to Wikipedia, it was voted "best international business center real estate project of 2007"; it is pretty good inside, actually.

Lots of windows again...

At the presenting table I sat at, there was a touchscreen device for controlling the projector, sound and lights. Because my phone takes an age to capture enough light to take a picture, it's a bit blurred:

The reason I point this out is because the whole thing was in French, except for the labels on the buttons for on and off, which were in English. I don't know if French even has words for the general states of being on and off, let alone ones with so few letters they fit on a button.

Here's a section of the European Parliament building again, advertising the upcoming European elections:

How touching, they seem to think it's an exercise in democracy...

Hey, Strasbourg has a Modern Art museum!

It looked quite promising from the outside, but I didn't have enough time to go inside. Maybe if I find myself in the area again some day, with time to spare.

The centre of Strasbourg is very picturesque in places, on account of how neither the Germans nor the allies wanted to bomb it to dust in the second world war:


Here is Strasbourg's pride and joy, its cathedral:

Well, one tower of it anyway. This was the tallest building in the world for 250 years, albeit by default (two church spires taller than it elsewhere were burned down following lightning strikes). There were supposed to be two towers, but only one was built. I guess they'll get round to constructing the other eventually...

There are many very well preserved buildings on the island upon which the cathedral stands, including this nicely squashed one:

Even the carvings on the timber of the buildings are pleasingly free from vandalism:

I took this photo of a shop sign because I knew it would annoy by elder daughter:

Not all the buildings are medieval. Here's one that has some nice tiling and ironwork:

That's the top half. Here's the bottom half...

Finally, here are a couple of pictures of the Petite France district, which looks well worth a visit:


Sadly, I didn't have time to check it out as I'd arranged to go pig out in one of the many splendid restaurants near the cathedral.

So that's Strasbourg.

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