Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sounds Like “Mess”

Last Saturday we took a day trip to Metz, France.
Like most French words, Metz doesn’t sound like it’s spelled.
It’s pronounced “Mess.”

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It was a beautiful day, perfect for playing at the fountain.

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And doing some window shopping.

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Look what we saw in one of the little shops.  
That there’s a Cleveland Cavaliers hat.
I put my French classes to good use and told the shop owner that our hometown is near Cleveland.  I’m sure my pronunciation was horrendous and I may have used the wrong word for “near” but he understood and told me to take a picture. 
(My French teacher has told me more than once that they think it’s cute when Americans say something incorrectly in French.  I’m gonna go with that.)

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We wandered around the city some more…

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Until we made our way to Saint √Čtienne de Metz.

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The center of the cathedral is over 130 feet high.

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And the stained glass?  Breathtaking.
The pictures don’t do it justice.

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Hannah was probably like another old building?
I’m thinking that before we leave Europe, she will have seen enough cathedrals and castles to last her lifetime.  I guess this is what happens when you have us for parents. 

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That’s just what we like to do – drive to a city or little town to get lost and explore.

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On Sunday, we did more of the same.
After church we changed our duds and hit the road.
This time we stayed in Luxembourg for a picnic in the town of Echternach.

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Echternach is the oldest town in Luxembourg.

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We did some rock climbing.

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And picnicked on the bag that turns into a blanket.
It’s a bag.  It’s a blanket.  It’s genius.

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Hannah is standing in Luxembourg, but just across the river is Germany.

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Yep, it was a good weekend.

2 comments:

  1. It looks like a fantastic weekend! I can't get over how beautiful that cathedral is
    And confession... I've lived in France for a little over two years now and I didn't know that Metz was pronounce Mess... so embarrassing :)

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  2. You are going to have an AH-MAZING scrapbook by the time you move back home. What a beautiful country, I am so glad y'all are experiencing everything you possibly can while there.

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