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Strasbourg and Colmar

刊登日期: 2013.10.27
作者: Rosanne Li  

 Strasbourg and Colmar are located in Alsace, a region in Northeastern France which is very close to Germany and Switzerland. This region is very unique as it had been under German rule in several occasions. Because of its historical background, the older generation in this region can speak German and you can see buildings with a mixture of French and German styles.
Last Christmas, I took a night bus from Paris to Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace and it is where the European Court of Human Rights and the official seat of the European Parliament (歐洲議會) are located. As it was Christmas Day, nearly all of the shops and restaurants were closed. The streets were so tranquil
(恬靜)and I could barely see anyone!
I attended a Christmas mass in the Strasbourg Cathedral, which was a Gothic cathedral built in the Middle Ages. I was truly amazed by the beauty of this church. No wonder Victor Hugo (雨果) described it as a "gigantic (巨大的) and delicate marvel".
Colmar is a very lovely small town near Strasbourg. It was the hometown of the sculptor who designed the Statute of Liberty, and you can find a lot of his works here. What's more, the houses in Colmar were the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki's famous animated film Howl's Moving Castle (哈爾移動城堡). I felt like I was in a fairytale when I was walking in the old town!

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