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Is Nancy the Most Charming City in France? Find Out!

Located in the heart of northeastern France, Nancy shimmers like a jewel amidst rolling hills and the gentle curves of the Meurthe River.

This captivating city, once the cradle of the Duchy of Lorraine, is now renowned for its captivating blend of rich history, stunning architecture

With Alma the Adria’s riverside pitch affording stunning views we were set to visit this French masterpiece!

We may have just stuck lucky, but the friendly French chap working in the captinaire office, was like our own mini tour guide – out cane a town map, in near perfect English the places to visit were circled and detailed explanations given….

The only thing I would disagree with was his opinion of the best way to walk to the city, ok, certainly a stroll along the river was pretty but also a little longer than just crossing the road and walking in a straight line …..

But the undisputed crown jewel of Nancy, Place Stanislas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of 18th-century urban planning.

Imagine yourself strolling through this vast, octagonal square, captivated by the intricate wrought-iron gates, gilded statues, and ornate fountains that dance in the sunlight.

Helpfully on the ‘free’ map was a couple of different marked walked , all voiced by an audio guide which is downloaded via a QR code.

Also on the Map is a second route tracing the world of Art Nouveau, an artistic movement that flourished in Nancy at the turn of the 20th century.

The city boasts an impressive collection of Art Nouveau landmarks, including the École de Nancy museum, showcasing furniture, glasswork, and jewelry that embody the movement’s signature style.

The first and finest example of these art nouveau houses is the Villa Majorelle, the family house built by decorative artist and industrialist Louis Majorelle, near the Sacré Cœur church. The exterior has been fully restored

Beyond the Tourist Trail and probably slightly more up our street, one of our favourite thing to do when explore a fresh city is for taste of local life, head to the Marché Central, in this case a truly bustling covered market overflowing with fresh produce, regional specialties, and handcrafted souvenirs. Indulge in delectable pastries at a charming boulangerie or savor a traditional and surrounded by even more impressive architecture.


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