VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, part 17 Fall 2016

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As the tape says below, this is the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.  This, of course, is not the one on Paris.  But this one is so beautiful, the one In Paris must be overwhelming.  This one was built between 1176 and 1439.  It goes without saying that it is the most famous landmark in the city.

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The doors leading into the cathedral are stunning, as is the outside of the building.

 

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Back when these cathedrals were built, they did not have the technology to build expansive ceilings.  So, they built the walls thick to support the weight of the ceiling and made the rooms long and narrow.

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Intricate ceiling work.  I would not want to be the one installing those beams.

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Beautiful stained glass.  We were told that in most of the churches in Europe, during World War II, the stained glass windows were taken out and hidden from the Nazis.  Then, when the war was over, they were re-installed.

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I thought the beauty of the place could speak for itself.  It did not need my commentary.

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I think this is a clothing store.  The crocodile logo is a little puzzling.  Crocodiles are not very prominent in northern France.  I did not get the connection.

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Our guide told us the meaning of this sculpture very quickly, so I didn’t have time to take notes.  I tried to find it on the internet to no avail.  You can make up you own story.

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As you can tell, I love canals with perfect reflections.

Our next stop will be in Baden-Baden, where we will visit a casino that rivals anything in Las Vegas.

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2 thoughts on “VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, part 17 Fall 2016”

  1. These pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing. Can’t imagine how much these cathedrals are worth. Love the reflection pictures.

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  2. Jackie, thanks for the kind words. glad you enjoyed the pictures. We hope to cruise with you guys again. We should get together – we don’t live that far apart. But sometimes life gets in the way and we don’t do some of the things we want to do. We do hope to see you soon, though.
    Skip and Debbie

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