04 Jun Metz – via Luxembourg
Whose idea was this? Ah yes, Jim had this notion that continental Europe is perpetually sunny from about mid May. And I was gullible enough to believe him! Who’s he kidding?
We tossed a coin at Bruxelles Midi Zuid this morning and the 10.33 to Luxembourg just pipped the Frankfurt option at 10.27. Long time since I was in the Duchy so why not? Well, mainly because it’s a pretty boring sort of place, the more so in the rain. We stopped long enough to have a coffee and miss the next train to Strasbourg but spent a fascinating hour and a half rubbing shoulders with other travellers eager to get out of the place! Somehow we had both imagined it to be a rather quaint and interesting town. Admittedly, a brief sortie to a coffee bar is barely giving it a chance. But, oh the rain.
Finally we fixed on Metz as a good compromise – a step nearer Istanbul and away from Luxembourg! Two trains a mere 4 minutes apart would get us there. Took the first one, of course. Bad move. “Madame” the charming guard said as we offered our interrail tickets, “you must have a reservation for a TGV. Bien, alors, you must now pay 4 euros each”.
Never mind, Metz is fine – nice station, very French, very wet, very je ne sais quoi!
Jim can still sketch in the rain and we’re having a ball!