Last week for my belated birthday, B took me to Metz, France. Why Metz, France? Well, there are several reasons I wanted to go, but mostly because of their huge indoor flea market. Metz is close to the border of Germany so there are a lot of German influences such as the Neuf Temple above. I was told that many of the French countries bordering Germany like Metz, Strasbourg, and Colmar were similar. Although I haven't been to Colmar yet, I've been to Strasbourg, France and Metz couldn't be more different. It has this almost eerie feel to it as you can see in the pictures. The buildings were very old and it made for such a dramatic effect...Especially the cemetery. Oh you must go to the cemetery if you ever go to Metz. It's very haunting and all of the tombstones are very elaborate. There is an older part to the cemetery that is no longer maintained and you can't even read some of the headstones anymore.
The St. Etienne Cathedral (Metz Cathedral) is in the center of the town. It's a good place to start if you want to explore the city. We were in town on a Saturday and there were tons of things going on. There was a huge farmers market around the cathedral. You can also meet at the cathedral if you want to do any tours. There was a little train trolley that did tours for 6 euro in various languages.
The opera house, Opera Theatre de Metz Metropole is the oldest operating opera house in France and it is also one of the oldest opera houses in Europe. I was intrigued by the German built Neo-Romanesque, Neuf Temple. It was built by the Germans in 1904. You should see it from the front and from behind on the bridge.
The Anc Temple de Garnison is quite a tall landmark but if you think it looks like something is missing, that's because there is. The temple suffered a bad fire and the surrounding temple had to be demolished.
The last landmark we saw was the Centre Pompidou Metz. It's a modern and contemporary art museum built by a Japanese architect. We didn't go inside but it was right next to our hotel we stayed in, the Hotel Ibis Centre Metz Gare, where we enjoyed a reasonable stay.
For lunch. I was excited to get my fill of French food. German food is great, but they don't have a lot of good cuts of beef and seafood. We had lunch at a restuarant near the Neuf Temple and it was delicious. I will say, that not a whole lot of people speak English in Metz. Either they can't or they won't. I expected that since it was so close to the German border they would speak a bit of German so we also tried to communicate in German, but they only spoke French. I liked Metz and it was visually different than any other place I've been to in Europe. You can reasonably spend the whole day walking around downtown, shopping, and getting lost in the cobblestone streets. We did.
|Opera Theatre de Metz Metropole|
|Anc Temple de Garnison|
|Metz Farmer's Market|
|Centre Pompidou Metz|
I rated Metz high in food, historical/museums, kid friendly, photo ops, safe for solo travel (IMO), shopping, and a unique destination.
Would you visit Metz, France?
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