Barcelona, a photo a day

La Petite France, or what’s behind a name


Leaving Paris, we are now in the city of Strasbourg, north east of France, at the german border. My hometown.
This is la petite France, the area known as little France, with a gruesome history to its name. There was a hospice in the area, called l’hospice des veroles, built during the 15th century, specially for people suffering of syphilis (most of them prostitutes). Syphilis was better known as the french disease, as it was brought by french soldiers. Therefore the name of the area…
Nowadays, it is the center of the old town, with a lot of very pretty houses, most of them over 500 years old, crossed by the river Ill. No hospice anymore, just lots of good restaurants. And tourists.
Have a look here to see many more weekend reflections.

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7 responses

  1. Beautiful photos…lovely reflections!

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    August 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

  2. What a beautiful place!

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    August 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

  3. What incredible architecture! Love the reflection!

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    August 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  4. wow… like a fairy tale… well done…

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    August 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  5. magnifique endroit et j aime bcp le traitement des photos ;o)

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    August 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  6. you photograph it with a loving eye.

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    August 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  7. Is it good to be back home? It's a beautiful place.
    What a trip!

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    August 11, 2013 at 4:25 am