Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A day in Metz


 After spending the day in Luxembourg, we decided to explore further around. I must have told you before how much we love France. Since we were so close, and after finding out that Metz is in fact loaded with history, we decided to drive and have a look.


"A Celtic oppidum, an important Gallo-Roman city,the Merovingian capital of the Austrasia kingdom, the birthplace of the Carolingian dynasty, a cradle of the Gregorian chant, and one of the oldest republics of the common era in Europe,Metz has a rich 3,000-year-history. The city has been steeped in Romance culture, but has been strongly influenced by Germanic culture due to its location and history." (Source)


  It is such a pretty city, crossed by the Moselle and Seille rivers. There is even an island (Petit Saulcy) where the castle-like Temple neuf is still standing. The cathedral, St. Etienne is beautiful and the Graoully dragon is one of the symbols of the city. How cool is that?


We stumbled with Aux merveilleux de Fred and the boy had to have a merveilleux. He is crazy about them... I have to try to make them at home once. A merveilleux is a delicate meringue sandwich, filled with whipped cream (sometimes flavoured) and covered in chocolate or another topping. That day, we were like hobbits and had breakfast not once but twice... the first time choosing for a 'pain au chocolat' and a 'escargot aux raisins', and the second one an apricot filled croissant and an eclaire with hot chocolate and orange juice.


There were quite a few murals that we found quite fun, including a building with eyes! What is your favorite kind of city?

12 comments:

  1. oeh oeh metz looks pretty! If you ever make the merveilleux you know I live close by ;-)

    xx

    liquoriceandpumps.blogspot.com

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    1. I was unexpectedly beautiful... If I make the merveilleux I will let you know!

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  2. You visit such fascinating places, I love the way you always find the quirky interesting bits. That ruin is beautiful.

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    1. Those ruins were in the midst of apartment buildings, we were just walking around and then, Wooow. But all of Metz was like that, you can tell the city has been standing for quite a while.

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  3. Excuse me, but there is a dragon in that city. I can't notice anything else because DRAGON. That is amazing. How do you find these places?

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    1. Yeah, I was quite excited about it. At several churches I saw there were depictions or statuettes of a saint defeating a dragon. I thought it was Saint George, but it turned out to be Saint Clement. We just found this street by walking all over the place... then later I wanted to find out what was the story behind. It's mostly just a coincidence... and walking all over the place.

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  4. I love the ivy-covered cathedral picture. And, apparently, I need a "merveilleux." Wow.

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    1. Yeah, the ivy gave something magical to those ruins. Merveilleux are definitely something to try, we only recently discovered them.

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  5. Mooie foto's weer! En jammer dat ik die merveilleux heb gemist, die zien er heerlijk uit! Ik weet niet of je nog in Luxemburg/Metz bent, maar mocht je er nog niet geweest zijn is de fototentoonstelling 'Family of man' in Clervaux zeker de moeite waard.

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    1. Dank je wel :) De merveilleux zijn echt super lekker. We zijn niet meer in de Luxembourg gebied... maar volgende keer :) Ik heb alles op je blog gelezen, leuk!

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  6. We love the blog! And we love ice-cream.
    The other day we found an ice-cream-vending machine which was really amazing:

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2013/07/mashine-of-year.html

    Greetings from Germany,

    Birdy and Bamb

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    1. Thanks :) Ice cream is the best.

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