Mon. Jan14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My step counter today read 13103 steps.

This morning we visited Steelcase and were given a nice presentation on Steelcase and it’s global market and global production.  We then got a tour of the plant.

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Prof Nielsen presented a plaque to Doug Smith for his contribution to the Engineering Freshmen mentoring program, domestic internship program and international internship programs.  Doug Smith is an engineer from Grand Rapids that spends some time each month in the office/plant in France.

 

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We then travelled to the border and had a walking tour of Strasbourg.  Strasbourg is another wonderful city that is designated as a historical city by UNESCO.  Over the years, Strasbourg was either in France or Germany – the people living in the city had to change  citizenship several times over the years.

Our tour guide took us to the cathedral where we could see the windows that are all original (except one).    One set was nicknamed the “cartoon” windows where each square told a story of the New Testament.  This was one way to share the stories of the bible with people that could not read or write.  To read a window you start in the bottom row left side and read left to right moving up the window.

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Here is a closer look at the bottom left where it shows Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey.

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This window was replaced in the 1950’s note the blue circle with the 12 stars at the top.

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This cathedral is also famous for the astronomical clock.

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Here are some more flying buttresses

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IN the center of the city square is a staute of Gutenberg with a page of the bible in his hand.  This page was replaced several times so the words showed French or German depending on what country the city was part of.

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On our way to Germany we passed by the foot hills of the Black Forest.

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