Cock and Bull Stories

The adventures of a 20 year old student traveling around Europe.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Weekend With the Parents

So after a few weeks of crazy weekends and even crazier travel iteneraries, I settled down a bit and enjoyed a nice weekend with the parents who stopped by for the weekend.

The first night found us on a little tour of downtown Metz where we got a beer at a bar that I often frequent when downtown called L'Trefalgar located in the main resturaunt square near the Cathedral. After taking a tour through the Cathedral as well as it's tresury and museum, we headed out to a nice French resturaunt on the river. There we got a nice bottle of wine and some true French cuisine (rabbit for my Dad, pigeon for the Mom and a nice steak for myself). After that was done we headed back to L'Trefalgar for a nightcap and made our way back home.

The next day, we took off in the rent-a-car (brand new 6speeed 2.0L diesel Audi station waggon) for Hidelbourg to see the famous castle. After arriving to early to check into our hotel, we parked the car and made our way up the hill to see the famous castle which was very spectacular. Set on top of a hill overlooking all of Hidelbourg, this red castle, thrice destroyed (twice by war, once by lightning) was breathtaking. From the intracite sculptures, 7 FOOT thick walls of towers toppled over, to acres of lush garden terrace all towering over the old German city built next to a small river, it was all amazing. As the audio tourguide told us many of times, many poets, artitsts and dignitaries have spent a lot of time here. Even Mark Twain himself wrote a good number of poems describing the castle grounds. After we saw all there was to see at the castle, we headed down the mountain in a small train that went directly down hill.

After checking into the hotel, we headed over to a local resturaunt to get some typical German food. After he had our full of Boulyabase and ostrich steaks and lamb goulash, we walked back to the hotel, had a beer and got some sleep with plans to go to Baden Baden then a nights stay in Strasbourg.

Baden Baden is a town famous for it's natural hot springs and is known to have many Roman Royals as well as Hitler himself take baths in the old Roman style bath houses. We didn't go to these hot springs but instead, we walked the streets of this ritzie shopping district set along a nice babbeling brook. After getting a few pictures and some more Boulyabase, it was time to make it back to France for dinner and more sightseeing in Strasbourg. As my travel book says:
"Strasburg has been annexex so many times by both sides that even its residents seem unsure of their current nationality."
We took in the sights of this island of a tourist site which included a VERY large shopping district, resturaunts and a Cathedral dedicated to Notre Dame. We gazed at the amazing architecture of this fine building and then had a nice dinner at an Italian resturaunt and headed back home for our trip back to Metz the next morning.

This was actually my favorite part of the whole trip because I got ahold of the stearing wheel in some of the most twisty narrow roads I have ever seen. Unfortunatly, it was raining while driving but that didn't stop me from bringing it down a gear in the 180 degree hair pin turns and switchbacks that lasted for over an hour. My dad tried to get some video of me driving through it on my camera but inexperiance with the camera left us with one video that doesn't even come close to capturing the magnificance of those roads. I swear the guy who designed them had to have been either a car enthusiast or a rode a motorcycle because even through flat fields there would be a shikane for no apparent reason. God love the French, if for nothing else, but this glorlious 100 Km of paved road. The only thing that could have made it better would be the navigation system telling me 'Left turn tightens, plus, minus minus' (thats how the co-pilot talks in rally driving if you didn't know). After a good hour and a half of driving, I gave my Dad a turn at the wheel through even more windy roads on the way north through Nancy back to Metz.

All in all, this was a much needed relaxing weekend. I was getting sick of all the 30 hour travel days and the like. However, after this weekend, I'm ready to get back into the swing of partying around Europe.

Next weekend: Munich for Oktoberfest
Weekend after that: Biarritz (SW France) for a surf camp in some world class waves as well as attending the WCT Quiksilver pro (don't get too jealous).

Well, back to the grindstone for the week. I know, its a rough life...

Till then, au revoir.


At 4:01 PM, Blogger Johnny said...

You should post more of your pictures that you take while romping around the Europeland.

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Angela Hains said...

Patrick, your brother is right, your blog rocks. It sounds like you're having the time of your life, keep writing it down so those of us who aren't there with you can get a glimpse. Take care of you...


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