We left our humble B&B after breakfasting with a delightful Belgian couple (Bart, Els and their son Rene – they wanted a mention, although they have no way of finding this blog!) The drive to Strasbourg was easy and we made a minor detour to Rhodes on the edge of the Etang Stock for a breath of lake air. Finding parking in Strasbourg looked like being a nightmare, but we eventually found a good place, discounted by the hotel (Mercure this time).
The city itself is wonderful (at least the old bits we have seen so far). We found a bar with a dozen different draught beers (it was 25C plus by then) and once fortified, tackled the cathedral. I had never heard of it, but for centuries it was the tallest church in Christendom, has stonework to die for, an organ and an astronomical clock and excellent (but traditional) stained glass. We then retired to regenerate our batteries (fifth consecutive day of walking more than 12,000 steps) before re-emerging to eat dinner on the terrace of a restaurant overlooking the river (the Ill, not the Rhine, at this point).
Plenty left to do tomorrow.
PS the language is confusing, with French and German words mixed apparently indiscriminately, and the odd bit of sexism surviving (see Baileys entry below).