So after getting maybe 3 hours of sleep it was up and off to the next location. we jumped onto a train headed to Metz which only took about an hour. The best on the train ride was when the conductor came on over the loudspeaker, spoke in French for a good minute or two, things that sounded like they might possibly be important...and then when he switched to english it was, Ladies and Gentlemen, we hope you enjoy your trip. Wait a minute...i think we lost something in the translation.
So we got to Metz somewhere around 9AM, walked a block to the hotel, check in, found our room, and then promptly passed out. We got back up somewhere around noon and made ourselves leave the hotel. We got some coffee at a nearby cafe where we met with the first of the intense french snobbery that we found all over Metz.
We walked into the center of town which was amazing, lots of tiny little streets with coffee shops and lunch places. we spent a lot of time gawking at all the cute puppies and french babies. We stopped in one for lunch and becuase everything was in french it was a lot of pointing and gesturing and handing handfulls of money over asking if it was enough = )
We saw the main cathedral in the town and got to go inside where we found the most amazing stained glass,my favorite was a section of sort of modern art abstract stained glass. we also continued our new favorite game of "make the creepy statues talk" which we've gotten pretty good at, almost as good as "what is that creepy baby in the french painting probably thinking". We kept walking towards the Moselle River and found another little church and a courtyard overlooking the river slash canal. and what makes this more of a quaint scene? lets throw some more swans into the scene! and just for kicks, add a guy sitting over the canal playing romance-y songs on his violin. We kept wandering until it started getting cold and then headed back for the hotel. Im proud because tiff has gotten much much better at the art of aimless wandering, as would be expected when she's learning from the master = )
We picked up some wine and cheese and bread for the hotel room, just because it seemed like a french thing to do and the ordered "room service" (which we had to order downstairs and then come back down to pick up) to have while watching french tv! we ended up finding this great german show "Ich Tarzan du Jane"! It was like american idol (i can just imagine simon: that was a load of rubbish...you know, it remiiiiiinded me of an african bull frog, crying out in pain...) but with german singers trying out for the tarzan musical, so they were singing in english, and some with verrrrrrry heavy german accents. we got to here some great german covers of Maroon 5 and aerosmith. priceless = ) We also watched Any Given Sunday dubbed over in french. I had no idea what was going on, i think it was something about football maybe?? and it stared the amazing actor, LL Cool J. And while we were watching all this great stuff, we also discovered that the cheese we had bought not only smelled like Nair, but tasted a bit like broccoli....awesome. we did our best to wrap it back up, but the room reeked of it anyways
first task for the morning: get rid of the stinky nair-broccoli cheese