Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lorraine - Visit France

Bordered by three countries, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, Lorraine is a strategic region which today exudes a peaceful charm… There is no shortage of reasons to explore it!

5 reasons to visit Lorraine

> An impressive  Cultural Heritage
For lovers of architecture and fine arts, Lorraine holds some amazing treasures such as Metz's gothic cathedral or the heritage of Stanislaus duke of Lorraine which can be seen in Nancy surrounding areas. For a more modern touch, try the brand new Centre Pompidou Metz one of the great international centres of contemporary arts.

>A land of Nature
Enthusiasts for footpaths, wildlife and fresh air will find routes dotted with lakes, endless forests and green valleys in one of the three Regional Nature Parks or stroll along the 4700 km of the region's waterways. When Lorraine turns white with snow, the Vosges Mountains become a winter sports heaven known for its friendly atmosphere.

>The Spa Towns
The springs of Lorraine will satisfy the most demanding seekers of healthy and relaxing holidays with well-known spa towns such as Vittel, Contrexéville, Amnéville, Plombières or Bains-les-Bains.

>A place of History  
World War One's battlefield of Verdun, were the lives of a fair share of unknown heroes brutally ended, has left Lorraine with a network of sites for the visitor to discover this tragedy of history.

>Gastronomy and Art of Life
There is a lot more to the region's gastronomy than the one of France's favourite dish: the Quiche Lorraine. A small round plum, fragrant, yellow with red shading called Mirabelle, produces excellent brandies and is perfect used in jams, tarts or even in sweet and sour dishes.  On the savoury side why not try the Lorraine Potée with a glass of locally brewed beer or wine? On the sweet side, keep an open eye for the Madeleine cakes of Commercy

Place Stanislas (Nancy)
Listed as Unesco World Heritage, it is considered as the most beautiful royal square in Europe and is a high point of Nancy's outstanding collection of  the18th century.

Saint Etienne Cathedral (Metz)
The Gothic architecture blossomed in Saint Etienne's Cathedral which, with its richly decorated West front, Bishops' Chapel and cloister, is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings of its kind in France.

Verdun battlefield
Verdun and its surroundings concentrate about fifteen wide-ranging places that show World War I damages remains. Among them the most well-known places are the Citadel of Verdun, the Memorial of Verdun, the Douamont National Necropolis and Ossuany.

Malbrouck Castle (Manderen)After its restoration, Malbrouck Castle has revived medieval opulence. It is a place full of life where you can take part to medieval feast or assist to various shows.

Baccarat Crystal Museum
In Baccarat, royal or imperial clients share the prestige with France's best workers from the Compagnie des Cristalleries. The Crysal museum welcomes visitors where magnificient Baccarat Crystal has been crafted for the past 235 years.

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