Certainly, you are thinking of baccarat crystal and of great masters like Emile Galle and the brothers Daum, who made Nancy the centre of Art Nouveau decorative art and founded a school of international renown. But the “New Art” movement can be encountered here as well, be it in the footsteps of Jacques Gruber, who left a considerable number of Art Nouveau stained glass windows, or in the furniture art works of Jacques and Louis Majorelle or Eugene Vallin. The city of Nancy owes its unmistakable elegance to the former Polish King Stanislas, who was receive from Louis XV the Duchy of Lorraine in 1737. Thanks to his generosity, Lorraine has a heritage rich in architectural beauties. What makes Lorraine as a trip so interesting is that there is still much to discover: whether castles such as Luneville or the Basilica of Saint-Nicolas de Port, the cathedrals of Metz, the crystal capital Baccarat, or the magnificent nature reserves. Not to forget the Mirabelle plum: on about 5000 km ² of orchards are grown here these fruits – in Metz the Mirabelle is even in the last week of August, a festival dedicated.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Visit of the Pompidou museum in Metz
- Discovery of Nancy, the Mecca of Art Nouveau
- Excursion to Verdun
- Discovery of the Mirabelle plum
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Metz - Nancy
Arrival in Metz and visit the Pompidou centre museum, which is more than 10,000 square meters in size, awarded by unflattering nicknames such as “snow-white toadstool” or “house of the Smurfs”. The new Metz museum will draw on the stock of its mother company in Paris, which owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe with more than 65,000 works. We then visit the cathedral of Metz with ist remarkable glass windows of Chagall and continue to Nancy for hotel check-in.
DAY 2 : Nancy
Sightseeing starting with a walk through the old town with its magnificent 16th and 17th century mansions and the Ducal Palace. Visit to the Chapel of the Ropewalkers, where the Lorraine Dukes are buried. Visit the Daum exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum, the Place Stanislas, the Place de l’Alliance the Place de la Carrière and the Museum of the Ecole de Nancy with a very extensive collection of Art Nouveau masterpieces by Gallé. Dinner at the Brasserie Excelsior, famous brasserie decorated in Art Nouveau style.
DAY 3 : Day Trip to Verdun
The city of Verdun was the heart of the greatest events of the First World War with the famous battle of the century in 1916. The city has always played a strategic role
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