Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wir gehen nach Frankreich

[ We're going to France ]

On Saturday the plan was that I was going to join some of the Americans from class and take the bus over the border to a small town in France, Saargem├╝nd that is only about 15 minutes away. I invited Adriane and Eva and we were all going to go together. At breakfast when we shared the idea with Stefan, he commented that the town is still a German speaking one - let's really go to France!

Want to go to Metz at one?

Ja!

So with a little change of plans we were going to Metz, the capital of Lorraine, France. Unfortunately, Eva had work later in the evening, so she couldn't come on this trip, but we will still try to travel together soon. In the car, I hopped in with Klara, Adriane, Angelika and Stefan and we were on our way. We were over the border in minutes, and the entire trip itself is only about 45 minutes. It still amazes me to think, that in a trip that is the same distance from my home in Troy to my University in Ann Arbor, is one that takes you to another country, and on top of that, a city that speaks an entirely different language here in Europe!

[ um ... Oui, si vous plais! ]

[ Sie ist reich! ;) ]

German was officially gone, with maybe only some small sub texts on menus etc, but I was definitely now in France. Stefan accidentally missed the correct exit when we were driving, so I was able to see the landmarks of the city, and we drove right by it. Then he said, well that was it - let's go home. It was pretty funny, but then we turned around and entered the city.




Just driving by was pretty. My only way to describe it - and many places in Europe so far for that matter - is this can't be real. It is like Disney land. It sounds lame, but having castle walls, and quaint French houses around you doesn't seem like they have been there for hundreds of years. It is as if it was a decor of an amusement park. I was loving it. Before heading into the heart of town, we checked out a few small shops and walked down some very narrow streets that definitely weren't initially designed for automobile traffic.

2 comments:

  1. I totally agree, it does seem surreal...the landscape of Europe...it feels like we are not even on the same planet...I often wondered if the locals really appreciate the rich history or is it as commonplace as we take everything here??
    Maria K.

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  2. *s'il vous plait

    ;)

    which when literally translated means "if [it] pleases you"

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