Each time I go to France I am amazed by the old towns, buildings. There is a certain mystique, or ‘Je ne sais Quoi’ about France. It’s a country that is full of quaint towns, a long history, and a charm that is indescribable.
One particular town that I recently visited was located in the Lorraine region of France. It’s located right smack in the heart of Europe and has a unique history. This particular region has changed hands frequently over its long history, shifting between French and German rule at particular periods.
Metz has a 3000-year long history and was part of Germany up until the end of WW1. The Germans annexed it once again in WW2. Metz lies in the North East Region of France. It is located on the banks of the Moselle and Sielle Rivers.It is near the French, Luxembourg and the German borders. The city is the capital of the region and is known to be an eco-city of which it is nicknamed “the green city”. The town is full up places to bike, and its architecture is truly astounding. The city is also known to be a historic garrison, influenced by military style architecture.
What’s amazing about this town is that its yellow limestone architecture is a mishmash of layers bearing witness to its centuries of history and the city features several historical landmarks.
We ended up spending a few hours in Metz and we strolled around the city and stumbled upon the “Circuit Des Rempents” It’s an extraordinarily beautiful walk along the river that leads to the Germans Gate. The walk begins near the Pompidou Center, which is close to the opera house and the Temple Neuf.
There is an exceptional amount of green grass and throughout the walk you see the old city wall and protective towers.
While walking this route you are graced with presence of swans swimming happily along the river. What else could be more French than beautiful swans ‘swanning’ around a river decorated with medieval bridges and gorgeous flowers?
The medieval castle earned it’s name by being situated close to the house of a German Teutonic Knight which was built in 1230AD but was later destroyed 23 years later by troops of Emperor Charles the 5th.The gate was originally a strategic military fortress from the 13th century, which still stands today, although currently it is used as a convention and exhibition center.
After we finished checking out the gate we walked back to the city square to eat dinner. Of course we ordered a delicious plate of French fondue, meat, bread and potatoes. It was absolutely delicious. Heavy as hell, but satisfying and incredibly yummy.
We thoroughly enjoyed our short time in Metz. The city is vibrant and beautiful with a long and incredible history. We found walking through the streets to be an incredible experience.
Although we didn’t get to spend too much time in Metz I know that I will return there again to learn more. It really is a beautiful city and I keen on learning more about it. When I do I will be sure to update the blog and keep you all apprised of what I discover.