Docstoc

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF

Document Sample
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF Powered By Docstoc
					         SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
            CENTER FOR GLOBAL LAW & POLICY

    2010 STRASBOURG SUMMER PROGRAM NEWSLETTER




           PREPARED BY DIRECTOR BETH VAN SCHAACK
                             &
        SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS DIRECTOR VINITA BALI



  Including Information Excerpted From The Following Guidebooks:
           Arthur Frommer, France 2009 (Wiley Publishing 2008)
Nicola Williams, et al., Lonely Planet France (Lonely Planet Publications 2007)




                                       1
                          TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Message From Beth Van Schaack            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Contacting The Program Directors & Staff   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Preparing For Your Trip                    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Arrival In Strasbourg                      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Academic Programs In Strasbourg            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Overview Of The City of Strasbourg         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Miscellaneous Useful Information           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Food & Restaurants in Strasbourg           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Strasbourg Attractions                     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Strasbourg Activities                      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12




                                    2
                  A MESSAGE FROM BETH VAN SCHAACK

Dear Strasbourg Program Students,

     I am delighted that you will be joining me this summer in Strasbourg. I
hope that this Newsletter will be helpful to you both now, as you prepare for
the summer, as well as once you arrive in Strasbourg. I have derived the
material from a number of sources and you should, therefore, be aware that
I cannot guarantee the current accuracy of all of the information. I
directed the Summer Program in Strasbourg in 2005 and enjoyed it very
much. I look forward to a similarly rewarding, interesting, and fun summer
this year.

      Unpatriotically, I will be arriving in Strasbourg on Sunday, July 4th and
will be staying in a flat downtown at the address: 5 rue des Echasses
(http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl). Let’s plan on having dinner
together on the first night of classes, Monday, July 5th. This will also serve
as our orientation to the program. I plan to have weekly seminars with you all
(over wine and cheese) over the course of the program to consider the
material in greater depth in more of a seminar format.

     I will line up a local phone number when I arrive, but in the meantime
you can contact me c/o my Santa Clara office (408 554 2349) or via email
(bvanschaack@scu.edu). Feel free to contact me, or the staff of the Center
on Global Law & Policy, if you have any questions regarding the Program.
Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you in France!

           Warm regards,
           Beth




                                       3
                  CONTACTING THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS & STAFF

       Strasbourg Program Director Beth Van Schaack

I am a Law Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar for 2009-2010 at the
Center on Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law at Stanford. Between now and July 3rd, I can be
reached by email at bvanschaack@scu.edu and by telephone at (408) 554-2349. From May 27th – June 11th,
however, I will be in Kampala, Uganda attending the first Review Conference for the International Criminal
Court on the United States delegation. During this time, I may have only limited access to email.

       Santa Clara University Law School’s Center for Global Law & Policy

Vinita Bali is the Associate Director of the Center for Global Law & Policy, and the Director of Santa Clara‟s
Summer Abroad Programs. You can reach Vinita by email at vbali@scu.edu or by telephone at (408) 554-
4478. You can also reach Monica Davis, Program Manager at the Center for Global Law and Policy. Monica has
been in touch with you through the application process, and is happy to assist you further with administrative
details and information. She can be reached at mdavis@scu.edu, or telephonically at (408) 551-3000 x6445.
The Center’s website is: http://law.scu.edu/international/index.cfm.

       International Institute of Human Rights Staff (in Strasbourg)

Anne-Laure Grussi, Assistante Executive, has worked at the Institute since 1988 so she is a key staff member
for the Institute's summer program. The staff, along with the 5-6 summer interns from different countries,
speaks several languages fluently, including English. The Institute‟s summer office is downstairs in L‟Escarpe.
The staff is very helpful, though always under great pressure from dealing with 300 participants from 50
countries. The website for the Institute is: http://www.iidh.org/accueil.php.




                                                       4
                                   PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP




       Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in France; however, some banks now charge a 1-
3% “transaction fee” on all charges made abroad, regardless of whether you use U.S. Dollars or Euros. If you
known your PIN, you can withdraw cash advances from your credit cards at banks or ATMs (France has both
Cirrus and PLUS automated teller machines). The dollar is stronger against the euro than it has been in years,
so this is a great time to be in France!

        Eurail Pass: The Eurailpass permits unlimited first-class travel in France as well as any other country
in western Europe, except the British Isles. It is best to buy the Pass before you leave the U.S., since not all
passes are available in France and passes purchased in Europe usually cost about 20% more. There are a
number of different passes available, including the Eurail Global Pass, the Eurail Global Pass Saver (for two or
more people travelling together), the Eurail Global Youth Pass (if you are 25 or younger) and the Eurail Global
Select Pass, Youth Pass and Pass Saver (offering unlimited travel in up to five bordering European countries).

       France Rail Passes: Rail Europe offers three French rail passes that can cut your costs
considerably. The France Railpass provides unlimited travel in France for any 3 days within one month with up
to 6 more days for a reasonable fee per day. The France Rail „n‟ Drive Pass includes a 2-day first class rail
pass and 2 days use of the cheapest Avis rental car, with unlimited mileage. Finally, the France Saverpass
includes 3 days of unlimited travel during one month if you are 25 or under). You will have time to travel on
the weekends and before and after the program, so you might consider these options. Strasbourg is quite
close to Germany, so a Eurail pass may be a better option.

        Electrical Needs: There are two types of electrical sockets used in France. All newer buildings have
three fat prongs including a protruding earth prong. Many older buildings in France, however, still operate with
electric wall sockets that only have two prongs. Electricity in France runs on 220-volt, 50-cycle AC current
(U.S. electricity is 110-volt, 60-cycle current). If you are bringing electrical appliances, you will need a plug
adapter and may need a voltage transformer or converter. Some appliances have dual voltage, in which case
you will only need a plug adapter. Radio Shack, luggage and travel stores usually carry both adapters and
converters. Your computer will need only a plug adaptor.

       International Student Identity Card (ISIC): You may want to obtain an International
Student Identity Card which can provide savings on rail passes, plane tickets and entrance fees. It also
provides you with basic health and life insurance and a 24 hour help line. The card is available from STA
Travel (www.statravel.com). I have purchased the similar International Teacher Identity Card several times in
the past and have never used it. However, the guidebooks keep recommending it, so I thought that it was
worth mentioning.

       Money: The euro has been the official currency of France since 1999. As of May 15, 2010, one euro
was worth about $1.24 (it was $1.36 last year). Obviously, the exchange rate is subject to change. It is


                                                       5
sometimes a good idea to exchange at least some money (for example, for your taxi ride to the hotel) before
you leave home to avoid potentially long lines at the airport.

       Telephones: To call Strasbourg, France from the U.S. you dial 011 (the international access code),
then 33 (the country code), then 3 (the city code) and then the eight digit number.

       Traveler’s Checks: Traveler‟s checks are widely accepted throughout France. You may want to
get Traveler‟s checks in Euros to avoid any charges for changing the checks into foreign currency. American
Express, Thomas Cook, Visa and MasterCard all offer foreign currency traveler‟s checks.

       Travel Arrangements: If you have not already booked your flight, you may want to check out the
student discounts offered by STA Travel (www.statravel.com). We have used STA Travel for many years and
have always received excellent service.




       The University Residence Facilities (“The Dorms”): Your application to the Institute's
program required that you indicate whether you wished to reserve a room in the university residence facilities
(“the dorms”) or instead seek alternate housing. If you do make alternative arrangements, please inform me
of your address and telephone number in Strasbourg.
         Housing at the university residence facilities is provided by the French university system (CROUS) in a
university residence (single room, communal toilets and showers). Like Geneva, the housing cost is in addition
to the tuition that you will have paid Santa Clara University. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
         The University residence rooms are dormitory style. The accommodations have been generously
described as “modest” or “not as classy” when compared with the facilities to which most American students
are accustomed. Toilets and showers are communal, meaning coed, but with suitable barriers for privacy.
Some toilets do not have toilet seats. In addition to supplying your own toiletries such as soap and shampoo,
you will also need to supply your own towels and toilet paper. The pillows are long and rolled, rather than the
rectangular shape that you are used to, so you may want to consider bringing your own pillow. Clean sheets
are provided every two weeks. Be forewarned that the university housing will be part of the cultural learning
experience. The Institute, which makes arrangements for use of the University residences, disclaims any
responsibility for the condition of the rooms.
         Meals in the residence are available for about 8 euros. There are also a number of student hangouts
around campus you can use.
         There is no wireless internet access in the dorms, but there is in the location of the classes and the
library, which we have access to.

       Residence Paul Appel: All SCU Program students will be housed at the University Residence Paul
Appel, which is located at 8 rue de Palerme (and rud de Rome). Single rooms are available from Friday, July

                                                       6
3, 2010 until Friday, July 30, 2010 at noon. Residence Paul Appel has four separate buildings, one washer and
dryer in each building, and has two tennis courts.

       Weather: The weather in Strasbourg is quite unpredictable and can change rapidly. You should be
prepared for both frequent rains and high heat and humidity.


                                    ARRIVAL IN STRASBOURG

        Transportation From The Airport: The Strasbourg-Entzheim Airport is almost ten miles from
the city center. A taxi is probably the easiest way to get from the airport. You can also get to the city center
by using a shuttle bus to Baggersee on the south side of Strasbourg and then taking city tram line A to town
center. The shuttles and trams run every 40 minutes all day long. The trip takes about 40 minutes.
Transportation from the airport is not included in the cost of the Santa Clara program and is thus the individual
responsibility of each student.

       Transportation From The Train Station: Most of you will be arriving in Strasbourg by train
from Geneva (approximately 4 hours via Basel). The dorm is sufficiently far from the train station so that
walking (with luggage) is not feasible. A taxi is the easiest way to get to the dorm from the train station.
However, you can also get to the dorm less expensively using the tram system (see directions below). The
tram is located under the train station and you will need to purchase a ticket (with Euro coins at the Box at the
platform) and get it validated prior to boarding the tram. A tram ticket is valid for one hour. Transportation
from the train station is not included in the cost of the Santa Clara program and is thus the individual
responsibility of each student.
        To get to the University Residence Paul Appell from the train station using the tram system, take Tram
A or D (Etoile Polygone) about two stops to the Homme de Fer exit and transfer to Tram C (Esplanade). Get
off at the last stop, Esplanade. Walk to the corner and turn right on Rue du Rome. Go about 2 blocks to Rue
du Palerme.




                                                       7
                          ACADEMIC PROGRAM IN STRASBOURG

       Registration: Registration for all SCU Program students takes place on Sunday, July 4, 2009 from
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the University Residence Paul Appell. Santa Clara
University will already have paid your registration fees for the Institute's program from the tuition you paid
Santa Clara for the Geneva/Strasbourg program.
       When you register, the Institute staff will provide you with an official letter of admission, an updated
schedule of classes and any course materials. You will also be provided with tourist information and maps and
an identification card (which allows you to eat in the Dorm Cafeteria at Paul Appel.)

        The International Institute of Human Rights: The International Institute of Human Rights
was established by Rene Cassin with the Nobel Peace Prize he received for his work on the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. Cassin worked with a number of prominent scholars and leaders, including
Eleanor Roosevelt. The prestigious summer program is attended by 250-300 graduate students, professors,
lawyers, judges, activists, government officials, and United Nation and other international organization staff
from over 50 countries. The Program offers a unique opportunity to meet and study with a wide range of
individuals who currently work as human rights professionals or in a related field, or who are interested in a
professional career in human rights or humanitarian law.
        The Institute‟s mailing address is 2, allee Rene Cassin, 6700 Strasbourg, France. The telephone number
is (33)-(0)3-88-45-84-45 and the fax number is (33)-(0)3-88-45-84-50. The website is located at
www.iidh.org and the email address is administration@iidh.org.

         Courses & Seminars: SCU Program students will attend three to four daily lectures and courses
and one weekly seminar during the 41st Annual Session of the International Institute of Human Rights
("Institut International des Droits de l'Homme"). While students will likely continue to travel on weekends
while in Strasbourg, the required reading assignments are more time-consuming and intensive than in Geneva
and it may be difficult to get away on Fridays. Thus it is probably better to plan longer-distance trips from
Geneva, and shorter getaways from Strasbourg. The schedule is available here:
http://iidh.org/UserFiles/File/fr10-99999_iidh_brochure_2010.pdf

        Introductory Lectures: Introductory lectures are offered in both English and French. The topics of
this year‟s Introductory Lectures in English are as follows: Historical Development of International Protection
of Human Rights; Philosophical Fundamentals of Human Rights and Techniques of International Human Rights
Protection.

          Fundamental Courses: Usually the first course each day is a fundamental or general course which
focuses on the United Nations or one of the regional systems of human rights protection (Europe, Americas,
Africa, and Asia.) The fundamental courses are taught by prominent international Professors, Judges or
officials from the United Nations or other international or regional organizations and are offered in English,
                                                       8
French and Spanish. All participants have the option to choose which set of lectures to attend, depending on
their linguistic skills. The topics of this year‟s Fundamental Courses are as follows: The United Nations human
rights system, the African Human Rights Protection System; the European Human Rights Protection System;
the Inter-American Human Rights Protection System; International Criminal Law; International Humanitarian
Law.

        Thematic Courses: The remaining 3 or 4 courses each day are called “Thematic Seminars” since
they relate to the annual theme. This year‟s theme is the International Prohibition of Racial Discrimination.
The thematic seminars are taught in either English or French.

       SCU Weekly Seminar: In addition to the Institute lectures and seminars, SCU Program students are
also expected to attend a weekly Santa Clara Program Seminar. This Seminar is designed to ensure that
Santa Clara Program students understand, process, and assimilate material from the Institute courses, which
are generally aimed at those who are already relatively well versed in international human rights law.

       Academic Credit: Santa Clara Program students will receive four semester units for their work in
the Strasbourg segment of the Geneva/Strasbourg program provided that they: (1) regularly attend both the
Institute‟s lectures and courses and the Santa Clara Program Seminar; (2) pass the Institute's multiple-choice
exam and (3) pass any required Santa Clara Program paper or exam. Students will receive separate letter
grades for Geneva (3 units) and Strasbourg (4 units), for a total of 7 units if both programs are successfully
completed. (The few students who have enrolled at The Hague, Geneva and Strasbourg, will receive a total of
8 units over the summer). Students from law schools other than Santa Clara should check with their own law
school to determine how their grades will be translated (e.g. credit/no credit) by their home institution.

                        OVERVIEW OF THE CITY OF STRASBOURG

        The City of Strasbourg: The Strasbourg Program provides an opportunity for students to study in
“one of Europe's most beautiful cities”, located on the border with Germany, in the heart of Alsace.
Strasbourg is the birthplace of pate de foie gras and was also the city where the French national anthem, “La
Marseillaise” was first sung. Located less than two miles from the Rhine River, Strasbourg is also one of
France‟s major ports. In addition to being the site of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human
Rights, Strasbourg is also the location of the Palais de l‟Europe, where the European Parliament convenes.
Strasbourg is also home to the University of Strasbourg, where Goethe, Napoleon and Pasteur were once
enrolled.




                                                       9
       A Brief History of Strasbourg: Strasbourg was founded in 12 B.C. by the Romans as a military
camp called Argentoratum on the Rhine. It was integrated into France by Louis XIV in 1681. In 1871, it
became part of Germany following the 1870 siege and was made the capital of the territory of Alsace-Lorraine.
It reverted to France in 1918 and was then occupied by Germany from 1940 until 1944. The street known
now as avenue du General-de-Gaulle illustrates the identity crises caused by the tug-of-war between France
and Germany for the city. More than a century ago the street was called avenue Napoleon. In 1871, it
became known as Kaiser-Wilhelmstrasse. In 1918, it was renamed boulevard de la Republique. In 1940, it
became Adolf-Hitler-Strasse. Finally, in 1945, it took on the name it has today.

                        MISCELLANEOUS USEFUL INFORMATION

       Emergencies: You can get emergency help in France by dialing the following numbers: 15 for
medical emergencies; 17 for the police and 18 for the fire department.

       Medical Care: There is a hospital in Strasbourg, Hopital Civil de Strasbourg, which is located at 1
place de l‟Hopital. The phone number is 03-88-11-67-68.

       Public Transportation: Transportation within Strasbourg, or on your own excursions, is not
included in the cost of the Santa Clara program and is thus the individual responsibility of each student.
        Generally, the distances around Strasbourg are relatively short and walking or bicycling is a preferred
method of getting about and discovering an incredibly beautiful city of historic buildings, canals, churches and
traditional Alsatian culture. Bikes can be rented very cheaply (see “Strasbourg Activities” below). Some
students have rented bikes for the month in both Geneva and Strasbourg, instead of buying a month bus or
tram pass. Be sure to bring a very good lock if you plan to do so since the cost of locks is much more
expensive in both Geneva and Strasbourg.
        Strasbourg also has an extensive public transit system of buses and trams. The cost is
similar to that in the U.S. (the equivalent of approximately $1.00 each way for most
short rides). Bus tickets may be purchased on board; tram tickets are purchased at the
tram stop and must be “validated” (date and time stamped) before entering the tram. A ticket is good for one
hour. A monthly (student) pass is highly recommended.

       Smoking: In 2008, France banned smoking in cafes, restaurants and nightclubs.

       Telephones: Phone debit cards, or telecarte, are available for purchase at rail stations, post offices
and other places. Coins are no longer accepted in France, so you must either use a phone debit card or a
credit card. However, if you use a credit card, there is a minimum charge of about $26.00 which you must
use within 30 days. To make calls from Strasbourg to the U.S., dial 00 (the access code), then 1 (the country
code), then the area code and seven digit number. For directory assistance in French dial 12 or in English dial
0-800-364-775. For international directory assistance, dial 08-36-59-32-12. If you wish to use an operator to
call the U.S., dial the toll free number of 08-00-99-00 plus 1 for the U.S. country code.

       Tipping: French law requires all restaurant bills to say service compris, which means that the total
includes the tip. However, you may want to leave some small amount as an extra tip, especially if the service
has been exceptional. You should tip taxi drivers 10-15% of the amount on the meter.

       Water: Drinking water is generally safe everywhere. If you want tap water in a restaurant, you
should ask for l‟eau du robinet (tap water); otherwise, you will be served and charged for bottled water.




                                                       10
                         FOOD & RESTAURANTS IN STRASBOURG




        Food is not included in the cost of the Santa Clara program and is thus the individual responsibility of
each student. There are limited cooking facilities in the university residence facilities (hot plate and
microwave). Dorm rooms have mini refrigerators. Many participants eat their meals at the university
restaurant at Paul Appel. A weekly meal plan is available. There are several small supermarkets in the area.
Overall, food is less expensive than in Geneva, especially at the supermarkets. Falafels and Sharma
sandwiches sell for about 5-6 Euros, one of the least expensive options. There are a numerous restaurants and
cafes in Strasbourg. Midrange restaurants can be found near place Gutenberg, on rue des Tonneliers and
nearby streets. Inexpensive restaurants catering to students are located near the Cathedral along rue des
Freres.

        Moderately Priced Restaurants:
        Brasserie de l’Ancienne Douane: This Alsatian restaurant is the largest dining spot in Strasbourg
with 600 seats indoors and 200 seats on the terrace. Our recollection is that the portions are huge and the
food is heavy. Alsatian specialties include “sauerkraut of the Customs officers” and foie gras. 6 rue de la
Douane; 03-8815-78-78; www.anciennedouane.fr. Main courses $26-33 and fixed price menu $36-46. Open
daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6:30-11:30 p.m.
        Maison des Tanneurs: This Alsatian restaurant is located in scenic La Petite France with a terrace
that opens onto a canal. It is best known for its choucroute (a sauerkraut and pork platter) but crayfish tails
in court bouillon and coq au Riesling (chicken cooked in white wine) are also recommended. 42 rue du Bain-
aux-Plantes; 03-88-32-79-70; www.masion-des-tanneurs.com; main courses are $20-36; open Tues.–Sat.
noon-1:45 p.m. and 7:00-10:00 p.m.
        Maison Kammerzell: This is yet another Alsatian restaurant which is located in a building with an
intricately carved wooden framework, dating from the Renaissance. Specialties include la choucroute
formidable (sausage, goose fat & Riesling wine), foie gras, guinea hen with mushrooms, wild boar and
sauerkraut with fish. 16 place de la Cathedrale, 03-88-32-42-14; www.maison-kammerzell.com; main courses
are $25-36; fixed price menu is $45-67; open
daily noon-2:30 p.m. and 7:00-11:00 p.m.

         “Splurge” Restaurants:
         Au Crocodile: This Alsatian restaurant reportedly serves “the most inventive food in Strasbourg.”
Recommended dishes include duckling cooked in red wine, sautéed scallops with Marsala-style spiced butter
sauce, whitefish in sauerkraut and duck liver in a salt crust. 10 rue de l‟Outre; 3-88-32-13-02; www.au-
crocodile.com; main courses are $64-116 and fixed price lunch is $84-184 while fixed price dinner is $128-184;
open Tues.-Sat. from noon-2:00 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Restaurant is closed the last week in July.
         Le Buerehiesel (aka Le Restaurant Westermann): This was our favorite Restaurant for very
special occasions during our prior stay in Strasbourg. The Restaurant is located in Parc de l‟Organerie (see
“Strasbourg Attractions” below) and serves modern French cuisine. Guidebooks recommend foie gras with
truffles, fried frogs‟ legs, onion ravioli, steamed sea bass and poularde baeckoffe (Bresse hen slow-cooked in a
ceramic dish and prepared for only two diners at a time). 4 parc de l‟Orangerie; 3-88-45-56-65;
www.buerehiesel.com; main courses are $26-115; fixed-price menu is $94-136; open Tues.-Sat. from noon-
2:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:45 p.m.

                                                      11
                                  STRASBOURG ATTRACTIONS

        Catedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg: This Gothic style Cathedral dates from 1176 and the
463 foot pyramidal tower dates from the 1400s. You can go up to the top of the 330 step tower every day
from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for a spectacular view of Strasbourg for a charge of $6.70. The outside of the
Cathedral has an astronomical clock, built in the 1500s, with allegorical figures that move. The clock puts on a
show every Monday through Saturday from noon to 12:30 p.m. Every evening at approximately 10:00 p.m.,
when it gets dark, there is a spectacular light and music show in front of the Cathedral.
        La Petite France: This is the prettiest part of Strasbourg. The area is a virtual island, surrounded
by scenic canals on four sides, with its 16th century Alsatian-style houses reflected in the Ill River. For a good
view, walk along rue des Moulins, branching off from rue du Bain-aux-Plantes. La Petite France is also a great
place to watch the outstanding fireworks on Bastille Day (July 14th).
        Musee Alsacien: This museum is located in three typical houses from the 1500s and 1600s. It
contains Alsatian arts, crafts, folklore and tools and affords a fascinating glimpse of Alsatian life over the
centuries. 23 quai St. Nicolas; open Mon. and Wed.-Fri. from noon-6:00 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. from 10:00
a.m.-6:00 p.m.; admission is $5.80 for adults and $2.90 for students or a “combo ticket” at $8.70 for adults
and $4.40 for students.
        Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame: This museum contains art of the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance. The most famous is a glass head of Christ from the 11th century. 3 place du Chateau; open
Tues.-Fri. noon-6:00 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is $5.80 for adults and $2.90 for
students or a “combo ticket” at $8.70 for adults and $4.40 for students.
        Palais de Rohan: This palace dates from the 1700s and is considered “one of the crowning design
achievements in eastern France”. The first floor is an art museum containing works by El Greco, Goya, Monet,
Renoir, Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck. 2 place du Chateau; open Wed.-Mon. noon-6:00 p.m.; admission
is $5.80 for adults and $2.90 for students or a “combo ticket” at $8.70 for adults and $4.40 for students.
        Parc de l’Orangerie: Parc de L‟Orangerie is a large, beautiful park located about 6 blocks walking
distance from La Somme. The Parc features a small lake with paddle boats, a zoo, a bowling alley, gardens
and restaurants (including Le Buerehiesel, described above). To get there by bus, you can take no. 6, 30 or
72.
        Terrasse Panoramique on Barrage Vauban: The Terrasse Panoramique on top of the Barrage
Vauban, a dam built to prevent attacks on the city from the river, affords panoramic views of the River Ill.
Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

                                    STRASBOURG ACTIVITIES

        Biking: The cheapest bike rentals are from the Association Velo Emploi (Velocation), which is
subsidized by the City of Strasbourg. Bikes can be rented for about $7.00 for one-half day or $12.00 for full
day. 10 rue des Bouchers, 03-88-24-05-61; www.velocation.net; open daily 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-
7:00 p.m. A security deposit is required.
        The Strasbourg tourist office has maps showing bike routes from the city into the countryside,
emphasizing the cycle lanes that prohibit cars (les pistes cyclables). For example, there is a 17 mile route that
runs from Strasbourg to the wine hamlet of Molsheim. The route has a forest on one side and the banks of
the Bruche River on the other.
         Boat Tour: Batorama offers a 75 minute cruise, with English commentary, on the Ill River. The
cruise leaves every thirty minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. from the front of the Palais de Rohan.
The cruise costs $11 for adults. 15 rue de Nantes, 03-88-84-13-13; www.batorama.fr.
        Dancing: Beginning in mid-July, folk dances will reportedly take place on Monday nights in La Petite
France in the places des Tripiers, on Tuesday nights in the place Benjamin Zix and on Wednesday nights in the


                                                       12
place du Marche aux Cochons de Lait. Schedules are available from the Office de Tourisme, 03-88-52-28-28
or www.ot-strasbourg.fr.
         Running or Walking: Strasbourg is 100% flat so it is an easy place to run or walk.
         Swimming: There is an historic and beautiful old swimming pool for laps (Bains Municipaux). It is
located on Blvd. de la Victoire and Quai des Pecheurs, not far from L'Escarpe.
         Tennis: There are two tennis courts at Residence Paul Appel.
         The Wine Route: Strasbourg is located on the border with Germany and on the 42 mile Route des
Vins d‟Alsace (the wine route). It is possible to rent a bike and take it on the (local) train that covers the 170
km. distance from Marlenheim to Thann, with 40 vineyard trails through 100 medieval villages and 500 wine
cellars, which are open to the public.




                                                        13