The christmas market has long gone and the decorations have mostly come down and the number of visitors is noticeably low so a lot of the infrastructure for tourists is resting. No doubt the operators are taking their main holiday – being too busy to do so during the Summer. So its the time for repair and the first picture is of the lock which is the exit from the basin of the Vauban Dam (wiki) which can also been seen behind, covered for its own maintenance work. When I arrived it was possible to go up on top of the dam to the Terrasse Panoramique which was a good viewpoint for a picture of Petite France (wiki) but it has been closed for most of the time I’ve been here. It also has a passage through it that was a very good shortcut although the old statues from the Cathédrale could make it a bit spooky as the light fell.
With the tourist visitors being at their lowest numbers the retailers near the Cathédrale are more happy about losing trade from their shops being taken over for a few days for filming. This week the area around the centre of Strasbourg is being transformed in to the 19th century for the filming of Sherlock Holmes II. There is quite a lot of disappointment about the non-arrival of Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law for filming. Here’s a video from StrasTv.com about the preparations of the city for the filming.
Yes I did know that in the book Sherlock Holmes never said the words in the title. As a philosopher I’ve been stunned at the greater interest in the subject here. Most of the major newspapers have a philosophy correspondendent who write regular comments, they turn up on chat shows – of which there are a lot on French TV – pontificating. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised to se the following advert but I still was: