Monday, September 24, 2007
SaarLorLux - Sonntag im Dreiländereck
One of the touristic catchwords for the region is SaarLorLux, an abbreviation of "Saarland (D), Lorraine (FR) and Luxembourg. Sunday I visited all three. Saturday night Arnaud (the boyfriend of the girl I'm renting from) happened to mention that he "had to" test drive a new BMW convertible for work and wanted to know if anyone wanted to go to Luxembourg. Since I've never been to Luxembourg, I volunteered. He picked me up just after noon on Sunday and we got on the Autobahn heading west. I won't tell you how fast we drove because certain family members might not like to hear it, but it is a really, really nice car.
To be honest, I had no idea what Luxembourg would be like. I thought it was all one big city because it is so small, but there is countryside, too. We drove through some rural areas with wind turbines and farms and vineyards along the Mosel River. Then we drove into Luxembourg City, which is the capital. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its fortifications and many of the stone walls are still remaining or were rebuilt.
French wine, bien sur. Prost! ou bien: santé! Luxembourg has three languages: French, German and Luxembourgish, which is now only spoken at home but not taught in school anymore.
After walking around Luxembourg City we continued on to France. Arnaud had to stop at his parents' house and then we visited a friend of his in Metz. I can't wait to come back here and have time to look around the city. We just had dinner and then walked to see the Cathedral, but it was pretty dark and I will have to come back for at least a whole day.
So, I think it goes without saying that I had a really, really busy weekend between biking to France and driving to Luxembourg...so I am starting my workweek pretty tired. And my French class starts tonight! So more update later...