Christmas market Metz
One of the highlights for us to come here is the Christmas market as grand and popular as anywhere,and this is Lorraine territory. It has a great history blending traditions of France and Germany.
This year they start on November 22nd thru December 28th, you must come, its great. In France, the marché de Noël de Metz is in terms of frequency the second most visited one after Strasbourg in neighboring Alsace.
it has a permanent boutique at 9 rue des Clercs, open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h-12h and 14h-19h.
The main squares where they are held in Metz are
Place St. Louis: the market of traditions
Place Saint-Jacques: the village under the stars and his cottage for Christmas decorations
Place de la République: Ferris wheel and skating rink
From the top of the largest wheel mobile (higher than 7 m than the previous) Europe, the panorama of Metz is superb and the contemplation of the city twice Millennium is breathtaking!
Next to the ice rink (+ 1000 m²) welcomes lovers of the genre for performances on ice sometimes... hilarious!
Place du Forum (Centre St Jacques ) The mailbox of Santa Claus in the heart of the village of Pinocchio!
a video presentation of the marché de noêl at Metz, enjoy it, its magical; our favorite in France
and the city of Metz info on them
more on the marché de Nôel in the Moselle
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Fleur de Louis...
Scientific name: Iris pseudacorus.
English: Yellow iris, or Water-flag.
French: Iris sauvage.
German: Gelbe Schwertlilie.
Dutch: Gele lis.
Belongs to the family of the IRIDACEAE. Grows in humid places: marshes, rivers banks…
I remember a drawing from the book of French History of my childhood.
Showing king Philippe-Auguste (1165-1223) caracoling on his ceremonial horse covered with a blue cloth dressed with golden “Fleurs de Lis” (Lily flowers).
These ornaments don’t really look like lily flowers. Even considering stylizing.
They rather look like yellow iris ones, just a bit modified by the “designers” of that time.
And that’s actually what they are…
The French kings were descended from Frankish tribes from the banks of the Ijssel river, an arm of the Rhine’s delta. A region of marshes where the most majestic flower was the great water-flag... A logical emblem for the chief of the tribe.
So, why the hell call it “Fleur de Lis” when it actually is “fleur d’iris”?
Let’s ask the question to Philippe-Auguste’s father: king Louis VII (1120-1180)… A guy who took part to many, many fights and to the second Crusade (1147-1149) led by the lunatic and fanatical Saint Bernard.
At this period, there were no real uniforms in the armies. Every knight was wearing clothes at his own coat of arms. Very complicated heraldry…
So, one of the worries of warriors was:
“How to undoubtedly recognize friends and enemies in the mess of a battle?”
It’s always better to know to whom belongs the head you are hammering with your mace…!
Remembering his ancestors’ emblem, king Louis VII took it up again and ordered his knights to wear it…
The emblem was therefore called “Fleur de Louis” (Louis’ flower), which little by little evolved in “Fleur de Lis”…Related to:
I've been there last November and it is a charming little place to stay. They have parking...more
I was originally going to stay on the outskirts of Metz since we were using it as a base to see...more
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