France / Germany Non-Border
Saarbrucken Travel Blog› entry 14 of 18 › view all entries
December 2nd, 1992 – by: xicrinha
The road through Saarland in autumn is a lot like driving through Vermont. Rolling hills that are thickly forested with an array of changing leaves. Beautiful! We approach the French border at Saarbrucken. Again, no luck getting anyone in Europe intrested in stamping my new passport with a visa! Since the EU dissolved the political borders between its member countries this year, national borders seem more like state borders back home. The only time I've been able to collect a stamp in my passport was crossing the border into Austria the other day. (Those guys weren't messing around, either! Very serious, stoney faces.) Nope, the French will let anyone speed along into their country without any interest. THEN, you hit your very first French freeway toll-booth, just minutes after entering the country! This is something the French care dearly about, collecting freeway usage fees every 20 miles or so untill you reach your destination. Bring LOTS of coins! (It's easier now that the Euro has replaced the Franc, but in 1992, if you hadn't exchanged your Deutschmarks into a few hundred Francs at the local Elf station, you were in for a long day!).
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