Sunday was our sixth anniversary, so we decided to celebrate and get out of the
house country for a bit! This was our first trip outside of Germany since arriving here in May, and we were a bit nervous at first, but ended up having an awesome time! There are a few differences you notice upon crossing the boarder, the signs automatically switch to French, the stop lights are plus signs instead of circles, and toll roads are everywhere! A few miles past the boarder we encountered our first toll, which added an extra €10 on to our trip that we weren’t expecting, but hey, we got to visit France!
We found parking pretty easily, and traffic in general seemed pretty light due to the recent holidays. The only place on our agenda to see was St. Stephan’s cathedral, pictured above. The exterior was beautiful, but it was unfortunately closed. Instead, we wandered around the farmer’s market taking place around it.
We had the best waffle of our lives while wandering about! Ordering was a bit tricky as the vendor only spoke French and a little bit of German, but Jon was able to piece together enough of both languages to get us a few of these tasty treats! Sugar granules were baked in to each divot of the waffle, and the pastry itself was so irresistible, and then to cover it with Nutella… well, it was heavenly!
On the way back to the parking garage, we stumbled upon a winter village that the kids just had to explore! The little eskimos were animatronic and Gray found them to be a bit creepy, but by the end of his investigation, he decided they were alright and was trying to converse with them in two languages!
On the way home, we passed right through Forbach, which is where the nearest Cora is to us, so we thought we’d stop in and check it out. Similar to Globus in Germany, the store is full of French foods and housewares. We picked up a few macaroons and pains au chocolats (chocolate croissant-like pastries), which made the most wonderful breakfast the next day.
Metz was a good first foray in to our neighboring country, not a lot to see, but we were mostly there for the atmosphere anyway. And, the best part is that I got to spend the day out and about with my little family and the man I love so dearly. Happy six years, babe!