Petite-France II by David Davies

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Petite-France, Strasbourg, Strasbourg Cathedral in the rear.

Petite-France is an area in Strasbourg, Alsace, France.

It is located on the Grande Île (Main Island), where the river Ill splits up into a number of canals and cascades through a small area of medieval half-timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings.

The name “Petite-France” (Gerberviertel in German) was conferred by the former German inhabitants not for architectonical reasons, but because of the numerous prostitutes working there in the Middle Ages — prostitution used to be known in Germany as “the French business”. Also, syphilis often contracted in that specific area was then known as Franzosenkrankheit (“French disease”).

Olympus OM-10, 50mm 1.8


petite france, strasbourg, france, alsace

I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Beautiful town view David …

  • Thanks, Tom, beautiful town!

    – David Davies

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 3 years ago

    Lovely image David.

  • Thank you, Jacqui and thanks too for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful shot David.

  • Thank you, Ralph!

    – David Davies

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Sita and thanks too for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    A picture postcard….

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 3 years ago

    Lovely elements in this shot.

  • JDL15
    JDL15over 3 years ago

    Pleasing shot David

  • Thank you, John!

    – David Davies

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 3 years ago

    Beautiful – and I love that tree! :-)

  • Thank you, Lori!

    – David Davies

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks, Audrey.

    – David Davies

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    Oh how beautiful David… gorgeous town view!!! :)))

  • Thank you, Cookie, Strasbourg is a wonderful city. How I would love to go back there with a digital camera.

    – David Davies

  • p.s. thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

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