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Metz, The First Week June 11, 2012

Posted by Joshua Price in Travel Log.
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This weekend we stayed close to GTL and explored Metz, a city of approximately 300,000 people and the capital of the Lorraine region.  It is home to the Metz-Cathedral, one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe.  Its stained glass windows are absolutely gorgeous.  Below is a picture of the exterior of the cathedral, it gives an idea of the immense scale of the structure.

We found an interesting way to explore the city on Saturday, by paddle-boat.  We were able to go up and down the river seeing the Temple Neuf, a protestant church, from a unique perspective.

This is a picture of the Anc Temple de Garnison.  This is what is left after a fire prompted in the demolition of the rest of the structure.  On the Metz skyline of historical structures, this is certainly the most prominent.  It can be seen from many points within the city and as you get closer to it, you realize its immense size.  In this picture, it is difficult to see the ornate stonework on the sides of the tower, but this type of detail is present throughout the city in the historical landmarks and shows the amount of time and effort that was put into building these incredible structures.

 

This weekend has been about the discovery of Metz, a city easily overlooked because of its location so close to GTL.  This is really a great example of the wonderful location in Metz, which is located only 400 miles from 6 national capitals.  In addition to exploring the history of the region, we have learned about the French culture through our experiences at CORA, a supermarket, and our interaction with local vendors in Metz.  Overall, this weekend has shown us a taste of Europe and given us a chance to settle into our new home away from home, Metz, France.

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