Paris: Day 5!

It’s Friday already, which means it’s our last day in Paris; that is, until we return on Sunday to stay for the day/night before we fly home.We had to be out of our apartment by 9, so we headed out to the train station to catch our train to Forbach, the location of Rachael’s apartment and the school she teaches at. It was about a 2 hour train ride, where we watched the city disappear and slowly be replaced by large fields and farmlands. We saw a lot of canola plants, used for canola oil and biofuel, which are visible as large yellow fields. Once we got to Forbach we had about a 15 minute walk from the train station to her apartment- uphill of course! Forbach is a very quiet town, much less hustle and bustle than in Paris. After dropping off our bags and relaxing at her apartment for a bit, we took a train to Saarbruken, a nearby town in Germany (9 minutes by train). We spent the day there shopping and wandering around the town, and of course snacking on a cheese covered pretzel! It was interesting to see the German versions of a lot of American stores, complete with McDonalds that serves a “McBaguette”!

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We headed back to Forbach in the evening to relax at Rachael’s apartment with a snack and some wine. I also tried a new French beer, Desperados, which was a beer “flavored with tequila”…it tasted like a corona/bud light limarita, but was 5.9% alcohol! It was decent, but not something I would go out of my way to drink. We then headed to dinner around 9:30 to a place in town known for their tartes flambees. These are basically very thin crust pizzas with a cream and cheese-based sauce. I got mine topped with Munster cheese, bacon, and onions. It was delicious and very filling! It is a specialty of the region so Rachael wanted to make sure we tried it while we were here. We also had more wine of course! Now we are heading to bed; we should be able to sleep in tomorrow before heading for a hike in Forbach and a trip to the city of Metz.

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