Le Relais des Chateaux Forts
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It is hard to believe that this is the last day of February already! Our time in Europe is coming quickly to an end. Today we had a great day. It started out with a relaxing morning in the Gite, followed by lunch (finally) at JD's Dinner in Sarrebourg. We all had fun dining in this 1950s themed restaurant and found the meals and drinks very good indeed. Kate made a good choice in selecting this restaurant to try.
After lunch the gauntlet ...
... they get on with each other. Sure, they may have their times when they need a break from each other, but overall, they get on very well and are great companions to each other.
After lunch we took a walk around town to take some photos as it was such a nice day. Time was also spent playing in the backyard of the Gite, much to the amusement of our hosts.
... the girls had some one on one time and the boys headed into Saverne to report the stealing of the phone to the Gendarmerie. Thanks to our friend Thierry in Montauban, he made contact with the Gendarmerie before we visited and arranged for an English speaking officer to meet us and take our report. We really cannot thank Thierry enough for all the help he has given us during our visit.
Late in the afternoon ...
... area called Port de Plaisance. This 312km long canal comprising of 155 locks connects the river Marne near Paris with the Rhine River in Strasbourg providing Paris with a link to eastern France. It was iced over this afternoon and we all spent time bouncing rocks on the ice and then finally, had a competition who could break the ice. Kate won this with a huge rock that she found nearby.
After our walk we drove a short distance into the hills above the town to ...
This afternoon after school we jumped back in the car and drove just over an hour north to begin our afternoon of exploring a number of castle ruins, driving through some lovely rural areas, even coming across some very hairy cows, a breed we have never seen in Australia. The first ruin we were visiting was Chateau Freckenstein, however, just as we arrived at the turn off to the chateau we saw a sign that said the German Border was ...