I have been to Metz before, during an autumn day but I didn’t find it as spectacular as this time. And there are so many things to do when the weather is pleasant.
Parked the car at the city entrance, then started walking to the city center. On the left side, this view of green trees and boats over the river, hiding for a short time the beautiful city reachable in minutes.
On the right side, the fountain leading to a lovely park, where the inhabitants were mainly walking kids or wandering around the beautiful, blooming flowers.
Only 5 minutes walk and I could see the city center. Together with the touristic train. This is my favorite experience every time I visit a new city. My inner kid gets really excited about the rides and I belive it’s a good way to make sure you are visiting the city’s best places. Anyway, this time I missed the ride…
A walk on the bridge brings us closer to the Cathedral and this stunning view. I cannot get enough of this, I liked to walk around and take pictures from every single angle. Also, the river is full of ducks and swans, to add some noisy happiness to the place. Just at the end of the bridge I was taking this picture from, there is this small restaurant with the lovely terrace which offers an amazing view “served” with the french wine, of course.
Getting closer and closer and taking pictures from every possible angle:
This gorgeous black tulip seemed to fit perfectly in the scenery. I am happy that people passing by did not feel the need of taking it home with them.
Going further in discovering this city, I was quite surprised to find so many bridges. I could call this France’s little Venice.
Could not help it to make a tour on the water as well, there were multiple options for renting either an electric boat, a hidro-bicicle or a normal boat.
It was quite crowded on the river, but I appreciated there was no time limit. People were nice enough not to abuse the time spent on the water.
This small bridge between the buildings really reminds me of Venice. It could not have been spotted if not the boat ride.
While waiting in line to get the rental, I enjoyed listening to a well known song from my country, singing about the boats sailing on the waves.
There are lots of places to see in Metz, even I could not check them all out. This tower, however, seemed to have been part of something greater. It is worth mentioning that in this city one can find the oldest church in France, named Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, as well as Opera House, the oldest working opera in the country.
Another interesting thing is that the name “Metz” is correctly pronnunced with an ending “s”, not in a german way, as we would be tempted to.
For me, this is a destination which I am not done with visiting. Still having at least 3 points of interest to check out.