Our first stop in France was a beautiful accident. We had a few days to kill before our stay in Paris so we looked at a map to see what was between the Mosel River in Germany and Paris. Smack-dab in the middle was Metz, France. We decided to take a chance and hopped on the first train not knowing what to expect. And we are so glad we did.

Fall has definitely arrived in Metz.

A mix between Venice, Paris, and Rome, Metz is a nice medium sized city.  It is not a tourist destination and you won't find any English speakers here.  We had a hard time adjusting to the french language after being in Germany for a month. But we had no trouble adjusting to the cuisine. Croissants and pain au chocolats for breakfast everyday.

The Temple Neuf sits on an island in the middle of the Moselle River. It was exciting to see a different section of the Moselle after spending a week biking down it in Germany sipping on wine. Now in France the same river flows through Metz, splitting in the middle and gliding past Temple Neuf.

Our fist meal in France was a success, fondue with wild mushrooms. Heaven. Vive la France!

As night fell the lights illuminated the cathedral and Temple Neuf.

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