Storks and Sugar

Storks are very popular in the Alsace region of France. The city of Strasbourg is no exception. The marshland of the Rhine makes a good feeding ground for the birds. Unfortunately, at the end of WWII, the stork population was in danger, but a breeding in captivity effort was started that helped the endangered bird population recover. Today, you can see storks nesting on chimneys and rooftops.

Strasbourg is in love with storks for the most joyful of reasons. The residents of Strasbourg believe that leaving a sugar cube on your window sill will tempt a stork to visit your house. The stork will take the sugar and leave a baby in its place. In Strasbourg, just like everyplace else in the world, the main function of a stork is to deliver a baby. Parents in Strasbourg happily tell their children this stork story. The story is reinforced by local merchants who carry stork dolls, stork stationery, stork kitchen towels and oven mitts, and pretty much everything that can be sold with a stork on it. Images of these birds can be found all over town.

Some homeowners even build rooftop platforms to help storks build nests. The nests are large and need the support.

The legend of the storks is enough to bring a visitor to Strasbourg, but there are many more reasons. The history of Strasbourg is amazing. It was founded by the Romans in 12BC, and has been ruled by both France and Germany. Currently, Strasbourg is French. What language to speak is problematic in Strasbourg. A sort of hybrid language exists, but today, most prefer to speak French. The countryside and the town are beautiful. The oldest part of town is known as La Petit France. The half timber homes, which once housed millers and tanners, date back to the 16th and 17th century.

Of course, this town has its own wonderful church.

Strasbourg is no stranger to the attachment of famous people. Popular legend has it that Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press in Strasbourg, thus changing the world forever.

Towns like Strasbourg have so much appeal. Even on the chilliest of days, a visitor can feel the small town warmth. For example, at La Passion des Delices, a bread and gingerbread shop, all the products are created in the tiny bakery located behind the store front.

The specialty is a large cookie baked in the shape of a heart or a pig. The heart shaped cookie is meant to be given as a baby’s christening gift. A Bible verse can be frosted onto the cookie. The pig is given to newlyweds as a wish of good luck. Small towns can have great vibes.

Later, the Unseasoned Traveler

13 thoughts on “Storks and Sugar

  1. Lori Lee-Clarke April 21, 2019 — 10:56 am

    It looks like you are having an amazing time! I am so happy for you!

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    1. Hi, hope the visit with your mom was great….just think….75% of the trip is still to come…..greetings to all.

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  2. Love the baked hearts. Mom and Dad got one when in Germany I think that was red frosted and on a ribbon. To give to your sweetheart. The name “Schlotsky’ meant sweet heart. Sorry about spelling of term German is not one of my languages.

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    1. Hi to Maddie….I hope Easter was wonderful for her. ….say, did you eat the cookie?

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  3. Jackie, I love your blog!!! your pictures are beautiful and the history, stories and interesting writing is excellent. I am so impressed! You should have been a teacher!! 🙂 Thanks, Just want to know when I get to join the traveler. Bruce is not on this trip??

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    1. Hi, Tom. Thanks for following the blog, and I am delighted that you are enjoying the experience….join in the travel any time you like… invitation is open to you….Bruce is home this go round…he is watching the dogs….hi to Karen.

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  4. I love the beautiful architecture and always try to imagine what it would be like to live in a town with all the history and character of the towns..

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    1. Hi, Val…..What an amazing time we are having..but miss the dogs

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  5. The architecture of the buildings is stunning. Looks like a place to buy great paintings…
    Bon sejour ma belle.
    XOXO

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