Tuesday, 3 July 2018
'Summer in the Alps' Day 2 - to Neuwiller-les-Saverne
Well, we are now 250 miles closer to the Alps, in a lovely little village in the Saverne area near Strasbourg.
We spent the morning in Laon, walking about 7km around some ramparts we didn't visit yesterday, before enjoying a coffee in the Cathedral square. A visit inside the cathedral brought huge admiration for those who, hundreds of years ago, built this magnificent structure.
The afternoon's journey was uneventful, partly on toll motorways but also through some increasingly quaint small villages.
We are at Hotel du Herrenstein, a Logis establishment providing a luxurious room and fine food served in the garden in the shade of a huge magnolia tree in the 'what has become usual this summer' high temperature of a Europe wide heatwave.
Tonight the shrieking swifts were outshouted by the beak clacking stork population whose hungry young look as if they are about to fledge from nearly every chimney pot in the village.
And not an England supporter in sight to join us in a rather bizarre form of entertainment. (For the long term record we were here when England's Henderson missed a penalty but the side still managed to beat Colombia in a penalty shoot out.)
Today's pictures feature our walk around Laon, plus a snap from our hotel window tonight.