Metz

Metz Bridge

I slept really well although I woke at 03:00 and had looked up Metz on Google, I got up at 07:00 and thought it would be a shame not to explore Metz whilst I was here, so I booked another night and left my power monkey battery pack at the campsite office to charge and went off on foot to explore.

The weather was overcast but dry so I took my coat, I climbed the steps out of the campsite into what was left of an old church, the tower remained and had plants and flowers around it with benches. I decided to put my camera over my shoulder but under my coat so if it did rain I wouldn’t have to do anything to protect my camera, as I was doing this a guy came over and asked for money, I told him he most likely had more than me and No I wasn’t going to give him any. That’s when he pulled out a knife, no he didn’t but you were all excited then wasn’t you, he just walked off.

Metz is old, the buildings are all stone and there are lots of bridges, I popped into a bakery and got a chocolate croissant for breakfast. I passed at least two churches before I arrived at the cathedral and the town square one of which looked like it had been on fire. The tourist office was in front of me, so I went in for a map. So Metz is quite historical and has museums and a Pompidou centre, I thought only Paris had one of those. I walked the narrow streets until I arrived at the Pompidou centre, what a disappointment it was small and very white. Oh! And closed. I walked back into town looking at the shops which were just opening and the fascinating architecture. I grabbed a coffee from Mc D’s (only decent thing they sell) then continued my exploration. I enjoyed looking around Metz, the photos would be a lot better with sun and blue sky, never mind. I had set off early so was back at the tent a little after noon, on my way back I picked up lunch from the bakery I had previously visited. Quiche, Apple croissant and some petite pastry things.

I’ve slept from 13:00 until 16:00, woke up to drizzle, nipped for a hot shower, shave, then made noodle soup for tea, should have been noodles but I put too much water in the pan. It started to rain at 18:00 and didn’t stop until around 05:00 at times it was loud and heavy and I couldn’t sleep, I also imagined either sliding into the river Moselle or the tent leaking, luckily neither happened, the tent held up to the down pour and I was warm and dry. I got up at 07:15 and made coffee. I took my time packing everything up and rode through the city of Metz, I even saw kayakers in the river attempting a slalom course three out of the four made it look easy the fourth just capsized before he started. I’ll miss Metz.

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About John Holt

John Holt has worked in the travel industry for over 14 years and comes highly recommended by Trip Advisor for his practical and candid talks on travel destinations. Spending 18 months as a "Local Interest Specialist" for a leading tour operator John has become known as having more practical information than Google.

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