Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nancy, son Art Nouveau et ses Bergamotes

When you hear Nancy, you think of the East of France, you think of the magnificent Place Stanislas (or Place Stan’ as the locals call it), you might know the Ecole de Nancy, and that’s it. Since we were already in Metz last week, why shouldn’t we stop in Nancy? The city has many treasures you’re going to like, believe me. How many of you have had in their house that famous poster with a black cat (La tournée du Chat Noir avec Rodolphe Salis) hung on the wall? That poster is a pure example of the Art Nouveau movement, and the Ecole de Nancy was indeed, the spearhead of the movement in France. If you are a fan of Art Nouveau, you should definitely check out the Villa Majorelle and the museum of the School. Back to Place Stan’, built in 1750’s and classified UNESCO World Heritage Site 31 years ago, is an astonished pedestrian square in Nancy. At first you might think of Versailles while admiring the gold, the details and the beauty of each building and gate. But you are still in the East of France. Time is running out! Run to the closest confectioner and buy a pack of Bargamotes de Nancy, a specialty of the city. This golden and transparent sweet is a mix of cooked sugar and natural essential oils from the bergamot. Jump in the train, next stop: the German border!

View of the Place Stanislas, Nancy

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