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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz March 24th 2018

Saturdays are a good day to go food shopping. Whether it’s at the local supermarket at home or the mobile fresh food markets in France, the mission is the same; stocking up for the week ahead. In my limited experience, Europeans, particularly those in small towns and rural areas, rely heavily on their weekly fix of market day. Today we visited the French towns of Thionville and Metz for a healthy dose of local culture. The outdoor market in Thionville sells all the ‘food groups’, and as you walk through grey, nondescript streets shaded by multi-storey appartments, you turn the corner and your senses are assaulted by an overdose of colour, noise, and the fragrant flower stall through which we entered the market. The vivid colours of the fruit and vegetable stalls compete with the pungent ... read more
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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz October 10th 2016

Well, its been a day or two but we're still enjoying the ride! We left Toulouse and got to Marseille in rush hour so the last 8k's took 45 minutes, but that's OK, the hotel and the meal out were typically wonderful. The next day was interesting to say the least. When we do it again we will stay longer in each place to take in the cities more, but we wanted to say "we've been there" so decided on a quick trip to Cannes, then Nice and up to Lyon. This resulted in quite a stressful negotiation of Nice on a busy Saturday afternoon, then an arrival of 8:40pm in Lyon and a disaster of a communication in an Italian restaurant in Lyon. We can laugh now, but it meant a very rushed tour of ... read more
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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz April 23rd 2016

Day 2 With a temperature dropping overnight my little legs were cold. I tossed and turned and was glad when the alarm went off at 5 am. We missed our oil filled heater. It had proved too heavy and cumbersome and took it out replacing it with an electric fan heater which we didn’t fancy leaving on all night. After breakfast of token coffee and croissants I did the shimmy under the fence to detach Suzy from the mains and off we went. Past the Tottenham Hotspur training ground. No we did not see any players it was too early for that. The M25 was heaving despite it being early. We crossed the Thames at the Dartford Crossing which glistened in the early morning sun. On closer inspection it was rather grubby and the sky had ... read more
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One of the many rivers in Metz
Of course the clock

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz August 1st 2015

The 2 days we spent in Hageville, near Metz, France, were a rush of impressions. The view of hundreds of hot air balloons starting at the same time was pretty impressive, but to jump in one of them and see it all from the air was amazing. The sun raised from east and the sky got full of little and big balloons of different colors. The pictures attached speak for themselves, but believe me that they can’t tell the thrilling joy we felt inside that basket.... read more
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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz July 11th 2015

Saturday 11 July 2015 It wasn't surprising that we slept in this morning. Our fellow guests next door haven't yet learnt the etiquette of hotel accommodation. The drive along the upper reaches of the Mosel River took a long time because of the meandering nature of the river. So with noisy neighbours and a long drive we really needed the sleep. We are a bit naughty when it comes to travel. European hotels don't provide tea or coffee facilities in the room so we have to provide for ourselves. The result is we have our regular morning coffee before we start each day. Today as the jug came to the boil the TV went off and the jug stopped boiling. Oh dear! We're going to be found out. Have showers, no shave, no hair dryer, hide ... read more
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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz April 21st 2014

It is by wonderfully sunny afternoon, this Sunday December 1st that I boarded the regional train towards the City of Metz and its Christmas Market, Christmas Markets should I rather say as they are 6 in total spread around the city centre, but all within a walking distance. As soon as I arrive in the historic train station I was greeted by the towering silhouette of the giant Vosgian Christmas Tree dressed in silver and white which welcomes you in a City that knows to celebrate Christmas with warmth ! I know the centre of Metz quite well and yet it was a a wonderful surprise to discover all these familiar Streets and squares dressed in festive colours starting with the Place de la République with its Big Wheel and its Ice Skating Rink then to ... read more
Metz Christmas Market
Metz Christmas Market
Metz Christmas Market

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz April 21st 2014

Metz the discreet ! This is how I would describe this City... As opposed to its famous neighbour city Strasbourg, immediately recognizable through its black and white buildings, its Christmas Markets, gastronomy and traditions, the Capital of the Lorraine region is not featured much in the news or even in the documentaries highlighting the beautiful régions of France. And this is a shame really as the Lorraine region has so much to be discovered and enjoyed by the Visitor, much more than the recipe of its namesake "quiche" or even the famous Mirabelle plum I am of a curious nature opened towards the world, but this is only last winter while I was watching the "Come Dine with Me" show set in Metz, that I was finally able to discover the Capital of Lorraine and its ... read more
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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz June 21st 2013

Geo: 49.1161, 6.1727 We awoke to rain this morning, but that cleared enough for us to set out to see the remaining sights of Metz on our to-do list. First stop was Porte Serpenoise, a triumphal Arch which used to mark the south limit of the city of Metz from the third until the early twentieth centuries. We then visited Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains Basilica, which is one of the oldest churches in the world, and home to the Gregorian Chant. Close by was the 13th century Romanesque Knights Templar Chapel, once part of the Templar commandery of Metz, the oldest Templar institution of the Holy Roman Empire.With the weather turning cold, we headed for the warmth of the new Centre Pompidou-Metz, a museum of modern and contemporary arts and viewed four special exhibitions. We then walked to the ... read more
Centre Pompidou-Metz
Knights Templar Chapel
St Pierre-aux-Nonnains Basilica

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz June 20th 2013

Geo: 49.1161, 6.1727 We left Trier in Germany this morning with light rain falling, increasing in intensity as we drove towards Metz in France. Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers. Like Trier, Metz has a rich history, dating back 3,00 years to the Celts and then Gallo-Roman empires.Arriving early in Metz, we were able to book our car into the Hotel, and then proceeded to walk the city. We took our umbrellas as it was raining, but the rain didn't last long, with the sun breaking through and lasting the afternoon. First stop was St Etiennes (St Stephens) Cathedral, a very large Gothic Church which reminded us of Notre Dame. The stained glass windows were awesome, with this church having the largest area ... read more
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Protestant Church on Moselle River
Houses Along the River Moselle in Metz

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz July 23rd 2011

My resources are one 14-kg backpack, one month and half, 800€ in the Pocket, and friends all over Europe. I will try to outline a vertical view of Europe by exploring its two cultural poles -the north (baltic and nordic countries; especially Estonia, Lettonia, Sweden and Finnland) & the south (Spain and South of France)- with Italy and Fance as transition countries. I would like to get a better understanding of the two different approaches of the individu to society while contextualising them in the respective historic past. Is there an antinomy between the individualistic societies of northern countries and the more social-oriented societies of the southern one? Are these differences irreductible? ... read more




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