Another City, Another Cathedral-Eye View

Notre Dame Cathedral in Strassbourg, France

Another city, another spectacular view from the top of a Cathedral, this time in Strassbourg, France. This is how to see Europe: through the slits carved in spiral stone staircases, from the summit of these tremendous stone monuments. From on high, Strassbourg appeared old, ramshackle and very French. From there we plotted a route through five hundred year old neighborhoods to walk beneath thousand year old sycamores on the banks of the Rhine.

City in the Cathedral's Shadow

Top of the Bell Tower

Ancient Door Knocker in the Wind

Mortons at the Overlook

Copper Roof, Stained Glass & Spires

Flying Buttresses

Strasbourg, or Strassbourg in German, is the namesake inspiration for my hometown of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. The two cities don’t even remotely resemble each other, but the countryside is reminiscent of eastern Pennsylvania, with it’s rolling farmland and wooded hills. There’s no place (that kinda looks) like home… 🙂

Mortons on the Staircase. Photo by Nik.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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2 Responses to Another City, Another Cathedral-Eye View

  1. Orel Di Angelo says:

    Nice pictures! The city is written Strasbourg :). Happy New Year.

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