Pont-à-Mousson, Saturday 13th August 2011


Motorhome aire at Pont a Mousson - La Moselle


Back in France.  After a good look at Germany’s weather forecast, we decided to head back to France, where it looked better, so we set off this morning at about 9.30 am and only stopped at Trier for a coffee.  The aire had been taken over by a car-boot sale and we had to stop at a huge car park that wasn’t very welcoming, so we carried on the A1 down south, through Luxembourg and into France.

We made very good time and made it here for 1 pm, with a quick stop at Match supermarket, just outside the town, which proved very adequate, with a good choice of fresh meat, fish and vegetables, as well as a fresh bakery.  We stocked up on essentials and arrived in aire before 2 pm and quickly set up for lunch.



After Bramble’s walk and swim in the Moselle, we went for a walk in the town, with a visit to the beautiful Gothic church of St Martin, whose exterior is riddled with WWII bullets and where there’s a magnificent sculpture of the burial of Christ surrounded by 12 other people and overseen by 8 angels hanging from the ceiling of the niche.  I’ve never seen so much detail in a sculpture before and I particularly loved the hair and beards, with all the curls and hairlines.  It dated back to the early 15th century and it just makes you feel very humble.

St Martin's church at Pont a Mousson

Bullet riddled exterior of St Martin's church













After that, we crossed the new bridge built after the original was destroyed in WWII and Adonis bought some bait for his fishing, so he’s happy now despise the fact I got slightly annoyed when he obliviously went merrily on his way leaving me  behind while I was taking pictures.  I really had to make a run for it to catch up with him and it was hot!

Detailed sculpture of the Burial of Christ










The angels hanging for the ceiling in niche


We’ve just had a nice beer and I’m going to cook fresh trout with new potatoes and we have raspberry tart for dessert.

We are off to a lake further south tomorrow.  We must remember this aire for future reference, as for €7 we get free electricity, water, WC and hot showers and it’s right by the Moselle, with lovely views of the town and loads of swans on the river bank.





Pont a Mousson - Mosel


Pont a Mousson - Mosel


Pont a Mousson - Mosel


Pont a Mousson - Mosel

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