Type: Weekend away
Length: 5 days
Getting there: (Train – sncf.com) Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord (~2 hours), TGV from Paris Gare L’Est to Nancy (~1.5 hours). With stop overs around 5-6 hours.
The Low Down: Pronounced non-see not nan-see (this wasn’t a trip to see my great aunty), Nancy is a large town in the North Eastern corner of France and former capital of the Duchy of Lorraine.
Nancy isn’t a place that springs to mind when I think of a typical city break. It certainly ain’t no Paris or Berlin. But it certainly was somewhere different, and I love different.
My trip to Nancy was solely to see my parents for Easter. Their current lifestyle involves swanning around Europe on a canal boat. Which ultimately means every time I visit it’s somewhere new and different, albeit also sometimes a bit random!
So having spent my Easter long weekend touring the Lorraine region, here’s my top 3:
My Top 3
1 – Place Stanislas
Certainly the highlight of Nancy. This 18th century, UNESCO Listed Royal Square boasts impressive architecture and an assortment of classy restaurants and cafes, leading it to rival some of the best in Europe.
Parc de la Pépinière, the park just off the square, is also worth a wander through.
2 – Canal Boat it Down the Moselle.
Now not something i’d otherwise do, but as we have a canal boat in the family, it would be rude not to!
Starting in the Medieval town of Toul, we made our first stop Liverdun. If you do nothing else in Liverdun (and there isn’t a lot to do), a must visit is Les Véritables Madeleines de Liverdun, a small store opposite the train station which was by far the busiest in town, and for good reason!
These amazing little sponge cakes (Madeleines) were made famous in this region thanks to Louis XV, who named after the chef who created them, Madeleine Paulmier. Louis’ wife then introduced them to Versailles and the rest is history!
3 – Explore Nancy Old Town and Medieval Town Gates
Nancy’s old town is not too dissimilar to many other larger French towns. I can’t get enough of wandering aimlessly through another old town though, so I’d recommend you do that here.
Nancy also does the Medieval town gate thing pretty well, so be sure to check those out.