I was planning this for long time, I mean to take the bike and just cross the border. This time we just didn't cross the border but we crossed the border at a place where the Crossing of borders became official! Yes I am talking about schengen. Its also a land of threee borders so 1 minute we crossed into one country and after 10 minutes we were crossing another border. 😄
So we actually crossed Fr border by mistake and we came back to De in like 5 minutes. What does it mean? Technically 5 minutes in another country lol. We did observe the change in boardw ith velo written on it.
Anyways we had to start with an uphill journey and then our first Fr town greeted us with speed bumps and there was a place for bikes to escape the bump and we just couldn't stop laughing at the thought of how the cars must slow down. Coming from De which prides in super fast auto routes this was was quite impressive 😝.
So we had to go down and join the velo route and wow these Fr people are really mad bikers there is just too much traffic. We both never faced so much velo traffic in our previous trips. So I tried with bonjour and I didn't get one back and slowly we got some back regularly. The cool thing is I could observe the tone in which the greeting was give. The pronounciation of 'Jour' was also varying from people. For the De people we said Gutentag much to their surprise 😍
So as we went there was a place where we had to cross the river if we were to continue, I was confused and ask the lady. I really felt it painful to communicate in Fr and she was speaking so fastly I couldn't understand much. My friend was just standing with open mouth as he tried parlez vous allemagne and no one said yes to him lol.
Anyways we crossed the bridge first time and damn the velo route it forced us a round trip through the small town. Maybe they wanted us to stop for cafe and it kind of improves tourism. It was undoubtedly well designed. We went ahead and there we came at a place where the route suggested us to again cross the bridge while our phone was not suggesting it. There was a curve and then I had to speak to a woman and ohh my god she was like follow the velo route its perfect I am also from the same town it will take you there. I finally had to tell no thanks I wanna go straight.
We did go straight and guess what we had no more velo companions and wow what a relief it was. We went to a place where boats stop and there was a shelter. The water there was crystal clear. I found a old bottle and I filled with river water and we were both shocked. There nothing in the water. It rarely happens that you get to see such clear water. I later saw a bird refugee shelter and we were tempted to go inside but it was written forbidden to outsiders. I felt very sad for my friend who is a big time bird lover.
We went to small place where we were redirected and there comes a super sportive boy. I almost died communicating with him with my poor Fr skills. He told us the name of the place and he even ran and found the correct road for us. He came back running and told us that he will show. We rode bike and he was coolly running with us. He ran the entire length of the village with us. We were very impressed by how sportive that kid is. I wish he becomes a marathon runner in future.😉
Next we almost reached our city and there was a bakery and obviously we ordered croissant and my friend was like wow much better than the De version. I sad Fr baked stuff is too good and the De ones come no where in comparison. So we went to the city and I was amazed at the construction these guys did in river side. They made the river banks like way back and they look so old and historical.✔️
We went inside the city and roamed around and finally found a market where we couldnt find anything interesting. But We talked to some guys who suggested a nice and cheap restaurant. We went there to eat. The cheese in rice was too good. I didnt need to add much spice, I guess I was adjusted to low spice varieties.😑
It rained and I had to run and get my jacket. We finally left the place and we had an hour to go, we just roamed around saw the old church then one more church. Later the synagogue was closed and the lady was looking at us strangely . She told me she works there and opene it exclusively to show us. We were surprised by this bumper offer. We saw the jewish stuff written, I couldnt find a brochure of the place but they had some fest recently and I got a small pamplet of it. It should go on my wall.
Ohh yeah there was Fr vs Ir match going on. Fr was loosing when we finished dinner and we were afraid fans would get angry. But much to our delight Fr won right when we were close to them. Then started the excitement, blazing horn.
So we were running out of time, we went back to the small village where we met the boy. Just sat near church relaxed while my friend walks ina bar to ask for water. He cant speak Fr , they cant speak En or De and lol I had to translate it was a pain. Finally the bartender was rescued by a En speaking guy who suggested us to go to a stadium.
We couldn't find it and had to ask. It was a long journey on a reverse route and I wasn't so happy. We saw the football ground and there was a cafe for the local football club.❤️ We went there with bikes and asked for 'boisson' the word for drink and l'eau .. for water. We were invited inside and give free chilled water bottle and guess what they were so friendly and happy after Fr won the match. They invited us to have free bread with filling. The filling was barbaqued. That was just too much. We hung there for some time had a conversation and then left saying thankyou.😎
On the way back I really didn't want to go through the small village round trip, we found a shortcut and wow. We also got some peas from the farm and somehow got a kilo of it. My friend also learned how to get a cow pic tempting them with lot of grass.
As we reached the last Fr town, the view thanks to the shining sun ☀️ was amazing. took pics of the old church which was shining thanks to the sun. The old church combined with the old walls of the city buildings gave it an awesome look. We crossed border to Lu and my friend purchased some stuff cheap in Lu shops while I purchased water for 0.50 € which was cheap and he couldn't believe there was no pfand. He went on asking the shopkeeper about pfand, she doesn't have it in her vocabulary. We found a nice management office and its stairs at entrance to sit and have some food.
We met a De couple who had a nice chat with us. My friend is so happy to be speaking De again lol. We told about our trip and they were pleased. The train was waiting at some place and we opened the door and was told that this is not platform lol by a lady who came back with the train to the actual platform and we had a chat with her later and she told us about the ticket we could use for this three regions. It actually is an awesome ticket but only for people in this region. I wish they had combined with with RLP ticket.
Overall I am too happy that I was able to make this trip despite the previous loss. Also I found that my Fr vocabulary is decreasing but its pouncing back after few minutes of conversation and that reduction is probably only due to the confusion among De and Fr.
- A dream come true