My Thursday in Strasbourg in July finished up with a visit to one more church, Eglise Temple Neuf, and meeting Therese for a little shopping and ice cream, followed by dinner at Chez Tante Liesel, a small charming restaurant on Rue des Dentelles.
That morning, after visiting the Petite France district, I had made a stop at one of the small neighborhood churches in Strasbourg. For the afternoon, I wanted to pay a visit to one we had seen off in the distance while walking through the town earlier in the week. That turned out, upon checking Google, to be Temple Neuf. Temple Neuf, the “new” church, has been rebuilt a few times after calamities, most recently in the late nineteenth century when it was given its current look, that of a Neo-Romanesque structure. However, the set-up of the interior gives it a modern feeling. The pews filling the nave have been removed, and movable light-colored wooden chairs have been arranged in a circular pattern, a rather democratic look. And when we were there, an artist’s installation of paintings representing Jesus and his disciples was on display in the front of the church.
In the wings of the church, the side aisles I should say, there is a free lending library and a place for children to play. I found this a very friendly church, one where you could hang out and not feel like you were intruding.
I had hoped that by the time I was done exploring this church, Therese would have returned to Strasbourg. Unfortunately, she and her work-colleagues were still on their way driving back to the city. So I wandered a little more. I found the Nouvelle Douane, formerly a customs house but now a small brightly-lit attractive grocery store. I bought some very fresh-looking cherries for Therese and a chocolate bar for myself.
Finally, it was time for our reunion to take place. One of Therese’s colleagues had to catch a train, so she was dropped off at the station along with him. I walked in that direction to meet her, and it was just a block from the station that I saw her walking down the street toward me. Oh, free at last! We would make the best of the rest of the day.
First, we went to have some ice cream, at the shop of the same name – yes, it is really called Ice Cream! I selected three from the list of 17 different kinds of sorbet – coconut, rhubarb and banana. Very very good sorbet.
Then we just wandered for a while. Therese had made a dinner reservation for us at a restaurant almost across the street from Ice Cream, but we didn’t want to kill the time just sitting there, so we walked a bit. I took her to the Rue des Vieux Marche aux Poissons. That street with the long name has a string of shops that I thought Therese might enjoy exploring. Then we walked along the river, where the sun was nice and warm (Therese gets easily chilled). Either before or after this, I forget which, I took her to St. Thomas Lutheran church, where I had been earlier in the week
When the time for our reservation approached, we headed back toward the little restaurant Chez Tante Liesel. Dinner there was very straight-forward but also quite satisfying. I had a choucroute with a slice duck breast and potatoes fried in duck fat (scrumptious!), and then for dessert the usual sort of thing happened – no regular desserts for dairy allergic me, so they made me a bowl of lovely fresh fruit.
Well, at that point it had been a long day for both of us, and we looked forward to a full day the following day in Colmar, so we decided to just catch the tram at the nearby Alt Winmärik stop, and head back to our hotel.