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Lorraine,has been a major crossroad of Europe for centuries, an idyllic setting for holidays, with charming small towns and villages throughout the region.

The blue-hued Vosges mountains rise in the distance over the green fields and vast countryside of Lorraine.

The well-known spas and health resorts of Vittel and its Club Mediterranee, Bains-Les-Bains, Contrexeville, Amneville, and Plombieres, are located in Lorraine. There are many lakes, varying from the deep glacier lakes of the upper Vosges to the shallow water pools of the Sarrebourg and the Saulnois departments. For bird watchers, the Lindre is a unique bird sanctuary on one of the major migration routes for many species of aquatic birds.

Sailing, windsurfing and motor boats are all welcome in Lorraine. With 700 kms of navigable waterways, including the Marne-Rhine Canal and the Moselle, enthusiasts come from all over the world to enjoy cruising from lock to lock.

Metz is a good base for exploring the region of Lorraine. The city of Nancy (pictured above) is also a charming and enchanting place in the Lorraine region.


Nancy, France

The City Center of Nancy, France.Nancy is the capital city of the Lorraine region of France, an area traded back and forth between Germany and France many times over the centuries.  Thanks to the new high-speed TGV train, it is exactly half way between Paris and Strasbourg, a one and half hour ride by rail.  The city itself has a little over 100,000 people, with about 400,000 in the surrounding areas.   It was once known as an art center that rivaled Paris, thanks to a strong Art Nouveau  movement there.  The Musee de L’Ecole de Nancy commemorates this history.  (image: a fountain at Place Stanislas)

Nancy is famed for a UNESCO World Heritage site:  the Place Stanislas, built by an exiled Polish Duke in the mid 18th century.   By night, the Place is beautifully illuminated. It is a wonderful place to stroll after a delicious French meal. In October, Nancy hosts a Jazz Festival, with inexpensive tickets and much street fare. The old town area is lovely for strolling, featuring many Art Nouveau buildings,  galleries and wine bars.



City of Light

Metz is a city with a wealth of natural and architectural heritage. As one meanders through the ancient streets of Metz time can seem to turn back.

Metz was an important center of the Roman Empire and maintains numerous highlights from this era. Visit the cities wonderful museums for a taste of this history or visit Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, the oldest church in France, which dates back to the 4th century A.D.

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St. Stephens Cathedral at night

During the Carolingian dynasty, Metz was the artistic and cultural center of Europe. Metz maintains this heritage and a visit to this enchanting town is a must during and extended stay in France.


Metz - Places to See

  • Saint-Etienne Cathedral
  • Saint Stephens Cathedral
  • Museums in the Cour d'Or
  • River walks along the Moselle and the Seille rivers
  • Place de la Comedie, Place d'Armes, and Place Saint-Thiebault.

Image: The city square in Nancy, France

Lorraine Map

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