On Monday I started to prepare the things I would take along for the three days in France. It took me quite some time as I was very slow and had to sit down from time to time. Fortunately Tuesday I felt good enough to join my travel group. Always better then staying home. The day started with a catastrophe I got up very early to have enough time to have my breakfast and get dressed. Suddenly I realized that I had taken the departure time for the wake up time and had exactly 10 min to throw my staff in my little bag pack take my keys and took my car and arrived at the bus when he just called me. Fortunately I had done everything the day before so I just had to close the door and take my car.
In the the coach I was able to collect myself again and say hello to the others. We were 13, but that brought us luck because the weather was sunny. There were two men on board, (+ the chauffeur), one was a widow's brother and the other was the only widower in the whole group. So to speak an unicum.
I couldn't follow the whole program, because I walked so slow and got easily breathless but I made the best out of it. While all the others visited a museum of old or rather antiques irons (!!) I remained outside and took a little sunbath. The people were very friendly and I chatted with a few, and then the others came out, one said angrily "why we women had to look at these old irons, we know them, show them to men, that they learn ! " We all laughed.
We were all full til the top and were happy that we could sit down in our coach. Then we stopped again to visit the Municipal Museum of Enamels. Again an opportunity for me to sit on a bench and enjoy the sunshine. Enamels I had seen enough in my life. Don't be surprised that I mostly sat on benches, but my target was on the third day the city of Metz where my grandpa was station master in 1918.
At 6 pm we arrived in Amnéville, which is a holiday center with an annexed animal park.
I skipped the supper I had still enough from the lunch and went to bed. And I slept ...... for 11 h, non stop. Don't know when this happened to me last time ! After breakfast they all went to the animal park, but I preferred to stay in the hotel, it was very humid and misty and cold. I thought I will go when the sun comes out in the afternoon. Which I did.
The Zoo was just opposite the hotel and seemed rather small to me. I wondered what my travel companions had done in there from 10 am on ?
I started walking and noticed that most of the animals which had been fed, were laying now in the sun and did their siesta. I had gotten a voucher to pay my entrance, the lunch and a coffee, but I couldn't find a restaurant not even a Snack it was all closed ! So I wandered back, found a little snack bar with delicious Belgian waffels and ate that. Then I returned to the hotel and sat together with a few others, who were half frozen and regretted not to have gone to the zoo in the afternoon.
Unfortunately we couldn't stop and I only could take pictures out of the window. I thought it looked more like a church to me then a station. But fortunately there is Google and I found a nice photo for me !