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!