Today we did nothing, and it was fantastic! We were so in need of a break, that a day of laundry and relaxation was just what we needed. So we slept in then played on the internet for about 3 hours at an internet cafe. At this point in the trip all we have eaten for days is meat, cheese, bread, and sweets. Our bodies have been telling us that we need produce so bad, that we went on a mission to find it today. We finally found a cafe that sold "salades" so we eagerly sat down. It only took a minute for the waiter to crush all our hopes when he basically told us that less than half of the menu was available, and of course, salads were not. Um... false advertising? So once again, meat and cheese sandwiches. Mine was actually a long baguette with one thin slice of ham, butter, and small sweet pickles. I would like to know who comes up with these combinations. And since nothing in this entire city is in English, we were left to guess. Most the time we got it right, but sometimes we end up with $4 bottles of Evian water, like Nina did. But we sat for a while in the sun enjoying the beautiful day.
We continued our trek to find produce and ended up in an amazing market that sold produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, wines, and anything else you could imagine. We got a bag of grapes and some sodas and casually strolled down to the river, where we sat on the ledge and ate our grapes and watched the swans in the river. It doesnt really get much better than that. After a little shopping, we went back to our hotel and headed over to the laundromat to do laundry.
Again, we hit the language barrier. First we put the soap in the wrong compartment. Then halfway through drying our clothes, the machines turned off. After trying to get it to turn back on a half dozen times, we found the sign that probably said the machines turn off at 7:45. So we trudged back to our hotel with bags of wet clothes, where we covered every inch of surface with clothing to dry.
We decided to treat ourselves to a nice French dinner (that is why we came to France, after all). We found a place near our hotel that had a fixed menu, which was a good choice considering we could not understand the menu anyway. The food was delicious, but interesting, such as a salad with an over-easy egg as dressing, a fancy large plate of fries with serving utensils, and a pistacchio muffin for dessert. But we did eat one of the best steaks i have ever had. we did experience in metz for the first time however, this phenomenon we had heard about where the french are rude to americans. especially at this fancy restaurant. after our meal we waited for our check for about 20 minutes. When we finally asked for it, the waiter rolled his eyes and was very rude. We felt the whole time, too, that the other tables were talking about us and we couldnt figure out why. We were not being loud and we smelled pretty good too after showering and doing laundry. It was very odd, but made us not so sad to leave France. We went back to our hotel and , after cleaning off the drying area (aka our bed), we watched Supernatural dubbed in French. It is still a creepy show, even with the funny accents.