French Connections - Ellie and Pat in Strasbourg

Crossing the border from Germany to France

The trip to France didn't take long with a quick stop along the way for lunch. We were surprised that there were no checkpoints at the border as we entered France. My thoughts segued to something blue and gold linked to my book "Sarah and Alexander" though wanting to following the path of the bloodline in my story by going to Carcasonne, our next stop was Strasbourg.

Pat remembered visiting the Strasbourg Cathedral years before,
when she took a cruise along the Rhine so off we went.

Strasbourg is another beautiful old city filled with tourists at this time of the year - the perfect weather bringing everyone out for the day. In the center square one could find all sorts of entertainment, food, and the magnificent Strasbourg Cathedral also know as Notre-Dame de Strasbourg.

Notre-Dame made me think of Nostradamus also known as Michel de Nostredame, a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best known for a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events. The book was first published in 1555 and has rarely been out of print since his death. Some credit him with predicting the rise of Adolph Hitler and the events of 9/11 in New York City.

As with other older Europe cities, Strasbourg speaks to the soul of ancient times and programs - which generally do not interest me ... yet something was calling to me - something to be discovered. As we walked through the cathedral, Pat remembered a large clock in the back. It wasn't difficult to find as most of the people visiting were also drawn to it. As we reached the massive clock - there it was - a timepiece in blue and gold - designed in many sections feminine me of the alchemy wheel on the cover of my book ...

Sarah and Alexander

The clock face is blue and gold

The gears of time

At the end of the day, we had dinner at an outdoor cafe, then walked around.

There was something about this water fountain that called to me.

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