Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne - relatives or neighbors? (France) – Day 4: Nature and Architecture

Today we plan to go to Champagne province. On the way we will definitely visit some very interesting places, among which there will be beautiful parks, incredible castles and other historical buildings and much more.
Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne - relatives or neighbors? (France)

Trip duration: 8 days

Ekaterina Shmelkova

Grand Ballon


From Tang, the highway called the Ridge Road goes towards Lorraine. Behind each turn there are amazing views, and the main peak of the Vosges - the Grand Ballon (1424 m) - is already close. A 15-minute walk from the pass in clear weather opens a panorama of the Black Forest, Jura and the Alps.

Place Stanislas


Following the Moselle River, the road leads to Nancy, the former capital of the Dukes of Lorraine. By the will of Louis XV, the surrounding countryside became the lazy possession of his father-in-law, the Polish exiled king Stanislaw Leszczynski. The former monarch used funds from the royal treasury to build luxurious buildings here, he also built a triumphal arch in honor of his son-in-law Louis. The center of transformation was Stanislav Square, where public buildings, pavilions and skilled wrought iron fences are located in harmonious unity. And some of the city houses on Stanislava and Mazagran streets are wonderful examples of "noodle style", as the French joke goes.


French Restaurants

Nancy's kitchen is the most vivid example of Lorraine style. You know him for a fact if you've ever eaten Lauren's guts. But first of all, the gastronomic symbol of the area is the mirable plum. It's used to make liquors, jams, pies, compotes... If you have to visit Nancy at the end of August, you can get to the festival in honor of the mirabel, from where you can not leave hungry and without a gift. Nancy's second pride is the numerous cheeses: the soft Munster, Munster-Géromé, the cosmic Brouère, the square Carré de l'Este. And then you can succumb to gastronomic debauchery and begin to weave off for both cheeks of Lauren's guts, pastries, pâtés, confitures, veal heads... Watch your figure? Then send the dandelion salad to the plate. On the second course menu, look for pork stew with vegetables - Potae Lauren. Choose a Macarons cake from the desserts and it's legend has it that it's made up of two tricky sweet tooth nuns.

Musée de l'École de Nancy

Art Museums

At the end of the XIX century. Emile Galle and the House brothers created a French variation of the art Nouveau style, which gained international fame under the name of "art nouveau". And the collection of the Nancy High School Museum is nothing but gorgeous!

Marché couvert de Nancy

Local culinary products are offered at the Saint-Dizier Market in Saint-Dizier. Especially popular are sweet Macarons and Duchesses de Lorraine - chocolate candies with almond filling, as well as caramel Bergamottes de Nancy. The market works every day except Sunday.

Porte de la Craffe

The Porte de la Craffe protected the approaches to Nancy. For a long time it had a different name, given to it because there were lepers living next to it. The present name, given in the 15th century, is still not solved. There are two more or less plausible versions. According to one of them, the word escraffe or grafe is encoded in the old French word for shell. It is believed that the image of a shell was once adorned with the castle stone of the gate. According to the second version, it was a place of collection of scraps, which was then called this word. The building dates back to the 14th century. It appeared due to the fact that the city had grown, and it was necessary to connect two surrounding villages, a small and large Bourget. In 1463, two powerful round gate towers were built, covered with conical roofs. Their walls are over 3 meters thick. They withstood not a single attack by Carl the Bold during the Battle of Nancy. The tower windows are located in such a way that the archers are comfortable to shoot. The towers are decorated with stone figures of crows - once the shutters that covered the windows were held on them. Above the northern and southern entrances there were ledges, from where the defenders poured hot tar and oil on the attackers. The north entrance is not preserved in its original form.