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Monday 7th August. The Tranquility II had moored closer than most river boats to Strasbourg (as it’s slightly smaller than most) but was still about 2.5 kms from the city centre. A tourist boat had been arranged to transport us to the city centre. This turned out to be a one hour guided tour of the canals with a very knowledgeable and interesting guide who told us all about this very beautiful city. The style of buildings here is unique and the myriad of half-timbered houses with oriel windows of wood or stone from the 16th and 17th centuries is amazing. We then got to go through the Notre Dame cathedral (which was the highest building in the world for five centuries) built over 263 years from 1176 to 1439 and witness the incredible astronomical clock striking the hour. We decided not to go back to the boat for lunch and stayed on to retrace the tourist boat’s route around the canals so we could get a better view and take photos (which were impossible from the domed tourist boat because of the reflections on the all-around Perspex). This gave us an even greater perspective of these amazing houses and buildings. We had lunch on a canal-side café – very nice French bread with ham and cheese. Patrick purchased the obligatory fridge magnet and we wandered around a few more streets where most shops were closed being Monday or had closed for lunch. We caught a taxi back to the boat where we spent some time on the upper deck sunbathing (Patrick & Julie only) and John trying to get some computer work done in the shade. We sailed just before 6pm for Mannheim.

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 15:31

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