An important Gallo-Roman city, the capital of the kingdom of Austrasia, the cradle of the Carolingian kings, the capital of the province of the Three Bishoprics, opulent medieval city ... Metz accumulated through centuries a priceless historical and cultural inheritance. Defending Metz has always been a major concern : the Romans, the Republic of Metz, the French Monarchy and the German Empire in turn have fortified the city ...
The region of Moselle is renowned for the Moselle wine. Very tasty, different than some of the well known 'brands' (cépages).
They also have a terrific quetsche eau-de-vie (prunes) brewed in the area.
Try it, you will love it.
Under the bridge...
This street is under the Roches bridge, I think it's actally Rue de Roches. I fund it extremely charming and I was captivated! It's on the right side of the bridge if you're going to the direction of the island and Opera Theatre. There is a cafe and lanterns on the buildings...
Fete de la Mirabelle
Lorraine and Metz are area of production of the "Golden Fruit", Mirabelle, a yellow plum. With it you can make cakes, jam, alchool……… but the more interesting there is the Fete which celebrate it. At the end of August, each year, at the time of harvest, one week is dedicaded to the Mirabelle. Many manifestations, parties and at the end, the election of the Queen, la Reine de la Mirabelle and her two "dauphines". The Queen MUST be blonde !! like the fruit and she parade in the streets of the city, on her throne :-) At evening, a big bal take place on the main place, place d'Armes, for all the people of Metz.
Shopping and Walking
All around the cathedral are many pedestrian-only streets full of shops and cafes. There's also a nice square in this area too. It was just fun to walk around and experience true French culture (which is notably different when compared with German).