Paris or Bust German Boy Takes a Tres Chic Joyride
Life can be stiflingly boring for teenagers in smalltown Germany. A 13-year-old boy tried to escape it all by setting out in his grandmother's car and driving it to Paris.
Heading for the City of Light: A German teenager sought adventure in Paris, but instead police detained him at a gas station just outside the city.
The youngster had set out on Sunday night in his grandmother's Hyundai from Rhauderfehn, a city of 17,000 inhabitants in the western German state of Lower Saxony.
Before setting off, he left behind a note for his parents informing them about his search for adventure. Maike Thiele, a police spokesperson in Leer near Rhauderfehn, told SPIEGEL ONLINE, "He wrote that he was bored and that he finally wanted to experience something." The boy also told his parents not to worry and that he would regularly update them on his adventures.
But the youngster's roadtrip came to an abrupt end just shy of Paris when French police spotted him at a service station close to the French capital on Tuesday night and returned him to his parents in Germany. His ill-fated roadtrip may be finished, but he can still look forward to a few more years of high school and, of course, ennui.