Lorraine is famous for two things, its quiche and De Gaulle's double-barred cross, an emblem of Lorraine chosen by the resistance fighters in WWII.
This region was the site of the battle of Verdun in WW1 in which one million men died - veterans still come here on Armistice Day.
Lorraine has two elegant cities, both capitals at one time.
Nancy is popular for its art nouveau architecture and Metz for its stained glass and stunning cathedral.
You can also enjoy walks in the unspoiled Lorraine countryside or relax at one of the many spas. The region’s capital is Metz.


Some famous people from Lorraine:

Saint Nicolas, bishop, patron saint of Lorraine and Russia, who brings presents to children (the ancestor of Santa Claus)
Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431), nicknamed The Maid of Orléans is considered a national heroine of France and a Catholic saint.
Pilâtre de Rosier (1754 – 1785), who made the first fly in an hot air ballon,
Paul Verlaine (1844 – 1896), famous Symbolist French poet.



Lorraine is composed of the 4 Départements of :

Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Capital: Nancy

This département is home to the magnificently elegant city of Nancy, which owes much of its elegance to Stanislas, the dethroned King of Poland, who transformed large parts of the city.
Emile Galle came next with a love for Art Nouveau, examples of which can be seen throughout the city.
The Parc Regional de Lorraine (see below) lies at the centre of this area, with red-tiled houses, vineyards, forests, marshes & lakes.
Baccarat, to the southeast of Nancy, is home to some of the finest crystal and glassware production. - a tradition that dates back to 1764.



Meuse (55), Capital: Verdun

Meuse is a département of forestland, lakes, rivers and marshland. The Argonne hills lie to the west while the eastern uplands, or Cotes de Meuse, give way to the Woevre Plain.
This is the place to get off the beaten track. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will enjoy routes through picturesque villages and lush valleys.
Marville to the north is an outstanding medieval town with architecture that dates back to the Spanish occupation.
Verdun is synonymous with the battle of WWI when approximately 1 million men died in almost a whole year of bloodshed. Verdun is now a World Capital for Peace - the Bishop's Palace used for World Peace talks and exhibitions.



Moselle (57), Capital: Metz

The Moselle borders two French departments, Germany, Luxembourg and is not far from the Belgian border.
Metz is the capital both of Moselle and Lorraine and is a main cultural and historic centre. Due to its strategic position, the Gallo-Roman city has been heavily fought - over passing from Germany in 1870 back to France in 1918.
There is something for everyone in Moselle. Lush, unspoiled, countryside the ideal backdrop for golf courses, cycle tracks and footpaths. Water sports enthusiasts can indulge themselves on one of the many canals, lakes or water sports centres.
Gothic churches, medieval passageways and Gallo-Roman remains will delight historians among you.



Vosges (88), Capital: Epinal

Most visitors are attracted to the Vosges for its superb mountains, pine forests, lakes and valleys. Here you'll find ski resorts, and the Parc Naturel Regional des Ballons offers opportunities for cycling, fishing, riding, walking, and golf to name but a few activities!
To the southwest lies the Plateau de la Voge which stretches from Remiremont to Vittel. The Rhin and Meuse rivers make this a popular centre for thermal spas such as Vittel and Bains-les-Bains.
The plains to the northeast are where most of the department's historic and religious monuments are found.
Picturesque villages overflow with churches, abbeys and castles, i.e. Domremy (see below) where Joan of Arc was born.




What to Do in Lorraine?!

Verdun Battlefield: worth a visitb ecause the area was so devastated after the battles of 1916 it was declared a Zone Rouge after the War - so destroyed and wit so many munitions still around that unlike the Somme and Flanders, the villages that had been destroyed were not rebuilt. Hence there are a lot of features still to see, and the sites of the destroyed villages themselves are particularly moving.


More info: http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/verdun.html


Place Stanislas, Nancy: known colloquially as the place Stan', is a large pedestrianized square. Since 1983, the architectural ensemble comprising the Place Stanislas and the extension of its axis, the Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance, has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



Chateau de Malbrouck, Manderen: splendidly restored, Malbrouck Castle reveals six centuries of history. Through the four towers and the parapet walk of the castle, you will discover the whole history of the place and its harmonious architecture.




Centre International d"Art Verrier, Meisenthal: this glass and crystal museum shows the development of this craft industry which gave acclaim to the Bitche region. It is highly symbolic: it houses the old glassworks where Emile Gallé, leader in the Nancy School was initiated in the art of glass, making Meisenthal the “cradle of Art Nouveau glass». Visitors will be astounded by these stunning items mostly created in the region.

More info: http://www.moselle-tourism.com/decouverte-de-la-moselle/histoire-rayonnante/resultats-detail.asp?clause=2000131000023&idOffre=853140282&sessionalea=0,8076898&id_fiche=1


The Spa in Amnéville-les-thermes: is the most recent of the spas, water is drawn from a natural spring 900 metres below ground level and arrives in the spa at temperature of more than 41° C!

More info: http://www.france-voyage.com/towns/amneville-20724.htm




The region lists 2 "most beautiful villages of France":


Rodemack (Moselle)


Saint-Quirin (Moselle)


Festivals and Traditional Events


The Mirabelle Festival: the town of Metz celebrates the mirabelle, a small yellow plum used in many of the delicious desserts and liqueurs found in the Lorraine region. The Mirabelle Festival features folk and Celtic music concerts, local produce markets and a Miss Mirabelle pageant, takes place in August.

The Commercy Jazz Festival (April).

The Daffodil Festival (Gérardmer): takes place in April, lots of beautiful jonquilles to see!




The Vosges lumberjack festival: in Xonrupt-Longemer, in August, with shows of traditional dances.

The Feast of St. Nicholas : takes place on December 6, accross the whole region. The Feast of St Nicholas, the patron saint of the people from Lorraine, has been celebrated on 06 December since the Middles Ages. Don't miss the magnificient torchlight procession at the basilica church in Saint-Nicolas-de-Port and the sumptuous parades in Nancy and Epinal.



Fantastic’Arts, the horror film festival in Gérardmer (January).


The Venitian Carnival in Remiremont (Mid-March). The parade of more than 200 costumed on tunes for 3 days.






Market Days


Tuesday to Saturday: General market in the town centre from 07:00 to 18:00

Sunday: General market in the old town from 08:00 to 13:00

Friday: Covered market in the town centre

Wednesday and Friday: General food market at Rue de Nancy from 08:00 to 13:00

Saturday: Market for fruit, vegetables and local produce at place de la Cathédrale, place de Chambre, place Saint Etienne and rue Paul Bezanson. From 07:00 to 13:00

Tuesday and Friday: Fruit and vegetable market in the town centre. Mornings.


Christmas markets!


Metz: November 20-December 29, 2010
For more than 10 years, the city of Metz has followed the tradition of the grand Christmas markets that have seen such a great success in Eastern France. Constant innovation means each year it is better. Discover the fabulous mix of traditions and novelties at the heart of the market in Metz. One hundred chalets and street spectacles: place Saint Louis, place Saint Jacques, place du Général de Gaulle, and on the Esplanade.

Bar le Duc: the Market of Saint-Nicolas at the place Reggio, in the center of town. Artisanal, regional, festive, and decorative products, as well as the smells of spiced bread or roasted chestnuts will overwhelm your senses…

Epinal: Christmas Village from November 26-December 26, 2010
A Saint Nicholas Day parade on December 5 includes a procession, a parade of tanks in the streets, and pyrotechnical spectacles.

More markets at: http://strasbourg.angloinfo.com/information/21/markets.asp



The Gastronomy of Lorraine

With its famous Quiche Lorraine (see recipe below), Macarons (almond macaroons) and Bergamotes (bergamot candies),


the town of Nancy exemplifies the gourmet French products renowned worlwide. Nevertheless, you will be able to relish delightful specialities all over the Lorraine region of France, from the exquisite sugared almonds called Dragée from Verdun...


to the authentic Madeleines cookie from Commercy.



With other delightful dishes such as Potée Lorraine (Lorraine Hotpot), a friendly dish where natural flavours of regional products, carrots and leeks, combine with those of smoked meats and Lorraine pâté, a culinary speciality originating from Baccarat (the crystal town). It is reputedly the oldest recipe for a Lorraine speciality, under the name of "petits pâtés lorrains".


The Munster AOC Cheese
A strong flavoured and smelling cheese! Like many other cheeses in France, Munster was originally invented by monks.


It started back in the year 660 in Alsace when a monastery was founded by a group of Benedictine monks. The monastory was soon surrounded by a village which was called Munster. The name came from the Latin word for monastery - Monasterium. Originally, the monks chose the meadows of the Vosges to graze their cows but soon moved further west to richer meadows on the other side of the Vosges mountain ranges in Lorraine.


The wines

The Lorraine region of France is not the most renowned wine-producing area of France but will provide its visitors with pretty fine wines. The Lorraine vineyard is foremost made up of the Cotes de Meuse, Cotes de Moselle areas and appellations as well as some others like the famous Grey Wine. The soil is mainly calcareous in the region. All the following Lorraine wines are fruity and sharp, which accompany well any type of meal.

The Lorraine vineyard is one of the smallest French vineyards but produces a great grey Gamay wine called Gris de Toul, as well as the white Auxerrois (from the city of Auxerre) wine.

Cote de Moselle Wine: this French wine is produced over 130 ha of vineyards around the city of Metz.

Cote de Meuse wines are produced over 40 ha of vineyards in Lorraine. The wine produced here is red, white or grey.


Quiche Lorraine Recipe


serve 4



For the pastry
* 175g/6oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
* 75g/2¾oz butter, plus extra for greasing
(alternatively use ready made pastry)

For the filling
* 250g/9oz English cheddar, grated
* 4 tomatoes, sliced (optional)
* 200g/7oz bacon, chopped
* 5 eggs, beaten
* 100ml/3½fl oz milk
* 200ml/7fl oz double cream
* freshly ground black pepper
* 2 sprigs of fresh thyme


Prep time: 45 min

Cooking time: 45 min



To make the pastry, sift the flour together with a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until you have a soft breadcrumb texture. Add enough cold water to make the crumb mixture come together to form a firm dough, and then rest it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Roll out the pastry on a light floured surface and line a 22cm/8½inch well-buttered flan dish. Don't cut off the edges of the pastry yet. Chill again.

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

Remove the pastry case from the fridge and line the base of the pastry with baking parchment and then fill it with baking beans. Place on a baking tray and bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and parchment and return to the oven for another five minutes to cook the base.

Reduce the temperature of the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.
Sprinkle the cheese into the pastry base and add the sliced tomatoes if you are using them. Fry the bacon pieces until crisp and sprinkle over them over the top.

Combine the eggs with the milk and cream in a bowl and season well. Pour over the bacon and cheese. Sprinkle the thyme over the top and trim the edges of the pastry.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set further.

Trim the pastry edges to get a perfect edge and then serve in wedges.


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