Since we had the rental car for another whole day we decided at the last minute to take a little jaunt over to Strasbourg, France. (I just love traveling in Europe. You can cover a whole country in less than a day!)
It was nice to be back in my old stomping grounds and to understand what people are saying. (P.S. I lived in SW France with my family for a period of time in middle school.) Strasbourg is in the Alsace region of France, which is a parcel of land that has gone back and forth between France and Germany over the centuries. Now that I've experienced both countries, it was interesting to see the intermingling of cultures in this city.
Our first stop was the Strasbourg Cathedral. Construction on the cathedral started in 1147, but it wasn't finished until 1439--that's one long church building program! I'm sure they had their share of disgruntled donors. Up until the late 1800's it was the world's tallest building, and it is still one of the world's tallest churches.
What struck me was the amount of delicate carvings covering the front entrance of the cathedral. I had never seen anything quite like it.
The inside was just as breathtaking.
The stained glass windows are from the 13th century and are the oldest in Christianity.