We managed to stop off at a artisan's shop that is the last of its kind produce the area's traditional linen called Kelsch. It is a lovely shop with lots of tempting linen. They also produce linen for stitching, and it is wonderful!
On the top is their traditional linen line, on the bottom its ALL linen for cross stitch. If you interested in exploring their site it can be found here : Tissage Gander
They have some very nice colors and their linen count is approximately as follows : 25, ~27, 30, 35, 37.5, 47.5 and 55 count. At the current Euro price their linen is very reasonably priced - about $43.00 for a piece measuring a little over 1 x 2 yards.
Here is what I managed to escape with :
The top two will me made into table runners. The rest... well, big plans people, big plans....
Our next stop was a bust, unfortunately. We wanted to see the massive underground WWI fort but we missed the tour, and that is the only way you can view the fort. It is situated high up on a hill and is so large that with the 2.5 hour tour you only get to see about 1/20th of the entire thing. Pretty impressive.
Well, since that was a no go, we headed for Strassbourg for some dinner. Here we are at the restaurant:
You can see that my friend Margit came along - which was quite nice.
Strassbourg has a wonderful cathedral which I tried to photograph, but the church is so large the and surrounding square was not large enough for me to get the building into one photo so here are some just so you can get an idea of its beauty.
In this square was a house that really captured my fancy.
Here is a close-up.
It is difficult to see, but every panel has some sort of pattern on it. It was a stunning house.
After dinner we found a cheese shop - you can't go to France and not buy cheese.
All the goat cheese you could want.
This was the cow milk section - lots of it made with raw milk. This is what I bought:
A lovely local raw milk camenbert which won a gold medal at some cheese show in Paris ( so the lady in the shop told me - and boy, was she proud) some really fantastic fresh goat cheese and some older goat cheese with a lavender blossom accent. Qn the edge you can see my crusty french bread that I ate these cheeses on today for lunch. It was quite delicious!
I leave you with some pics of our wonderdog Mia who soon will be auditioning for the circus if Olivia has her way...