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Metz - a deep secret
They are redesigning the traffic circulation of the station area of Metz on an ad-hoc, hour-to-hour basis. Unfortunately, our hotel is on the huge square opposite the Wagnerian station. (Seriously, guys, it was built by Kaiser Bill while Germany held this bit of Lorraine, and he built it on an epic scale that makes St Pancras look tasteful and restrained.)

The redesign means that there are seven right angles to each square, and we went through the same underpass three times. For no apparent reason they changed the direction of two one-way streets between the arrival of our friends, D&M at four and our arrival at - well, it should have been six, but it then took us an hour - yes, an entire sodding hour - to do the last hundred yards and park in the car park.

Ah well. Today we go to Augsburg, though with a detour under the Vosges to buy wine in Alsace en route. We have our priorities. See you on the flip side, chaps!
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velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: June 28th, 2013 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy wine-buying!

gillo From: gillo Date: June 28th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. We were quite restrained - only fourteen bottles!
frenchani From: frenchani Date: June 28th, 2013 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember a church in Metz were the stained-glass window were painted by Chagall. Have you seen it?
gillo From: gillo Date: June 28th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, when we stayed in the region about ten years ago. Excellent windows they were, too.
diebirchen From: diebirchen Date: June 28th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
There's some great Gewürztraminer in Alsace, and almost anything with the varietal Gutedel is wonderful. Envious!
gillo From: gillo Date: June 28th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love, love, love Gewurztraminer. We always visit the same place in Sigolsheim, where they make remarkably good wine but charge rather less. Yum.
diebirchen From: diebirchen Date: June 28th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've lived 3 times in Freiburg im Breisgau right over the border. There is the Kaiserstuhl, on which grow grapes of some amazing wines. Where do you live?
gillo From: gillo Date: June 28th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
In Warwickshire, in the English Midlands. Tonight we are in Augsburg and tomorrow we will go via Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass to the Veneto region of Italy for a two-week holiday.
diebirchen From: diebirchen Date: June 29th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous! I lived a year in Pinner, Middlesex. Augsburg is great. The other day was the anniversary of the Augburg Confession, by the way. Innsbruck is charming, and the Brenner Pass is amazing! Still envious! Enjoy Italy.
gillo From: gillo Date: June 29th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to today's travel. Yesterday was mostly motorway across Germany, with a lot of traffic jams and road works. Very tiring. We had a lovely evening in Augsburg, though.
diebirchen From: diebirchen Date: June 29th, 2013 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Weekend traffic in Germany is terrible: relatively small country by U.S. standard with a very large population. On weekends, they want to go to the North Sea, Italy, France, somewhere. Arrive safely!
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: June 28th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have fun!
gillo From: gillo Date: June 28th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
brutti_ma_buoni From: brutti_ma_buoni Date: June 28th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Made me laugh rather too much earlier. You are avenged by the extra hour it took me to get home, entirely stationary in both York and later Newark stations. Sigh. Circling the infinite one way system might have been slightly more entertaining.
gillo From: gillo Date: June 28th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was deeply frustrating at the end of twelve hours of travel. The fact that they actually changed the priorities on two one-way streets just before we arrived made it feel very personal!
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