On the road visiting parents in Boulder and family in Seattle this week, so I'm logging lots of hours on the plane and catching up as long as the computer battery holds out.
One of the things I wanted to finish was to get the pictures sorted from Strasbourg and Alsace and posted on Flickr. The region is a thorough mix of France and Germany: the language is French, but the food tends towards a sauerkraut mountain served with five kinds of sausage. The wines and chateaus in the countryside are very French; the canalside cafe's in Strasbourg are very German. It's not a large region, and two days exploration driving the Route du Vin gives a good understanding of the area.
And don't miss the storks: the wild birds have been re-introduced into the region, and their nesting frames can be spotted on steeples high above many of the towns.