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 23rd, 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
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Smoke gets in your eyes!
It was May 1 when labor union members in Metz walked through the main streets. Red flags and smoke crackers added excitement to the May day peaceful march.
"But I have to be here on May 1". Why not, its a good month and a day to visit this beautiful city!
What is this?
Cathedral St Etienne, built in 13 century, is the third highest Cathedral in France. Its stain-glasses are beautiful.
But there are three sculptures were exhibited in May 2010. The figure of the middle sculpture is supposed to be high in the sky but one immediately gets an impression of something else (second photo). What doe it remind you?
Beautiful tourism office!
This is one of the most beautiful tourism office I have ever seen. Please do visit. They have interesting "mobile chairs". Its located just next to the famous Cathedral St. Etienne.
Address: 2 place D'Armes, BP80367, 57007 Metz Cedex 1, France
Swan Lake Near the Opera (See Them)
Above and below the Moyen bridge , the Moselle River has created a number of island and pools that increase the beauty of the site. One area is called the Lac des Cygnes. Like other European cities with such opportunity (think Brugge in Belgium) the nurture of the swan is practiced. This is undoubtedly enhanced by limited commercial activity on the river at this point.
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Amusing beds with flowers all over Metz...
Thanks Jean-Louis (JLBG) I've learnt what does this figure mean.
“Amuzing beds” represents the figure of a very French cow-boy
popular cartoon series, Lucky Luke, the cowboy known to shoot faster than his
Lucky Luke is a creation of Morris, a Belgian comic strip writer (as I have been told by Luc (Luchonda). Thanks Luc for your correction on Luke! ha-ha!
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Stain glass window art
Legends lie dormant under the heavy weight of the ancestral stones of the cathedral ; their testimonies decorate the mysterious vaults. Gargoyles, bestiary, fabulous monsters, signs and mysterious allegories remind us of old times where fantastic beliefs were part of life.
You will discover the legend of the famous dragon, the "Graoully", which terrorized the city, or the story of Pierre Perrat - architect of the cathedral who first made a pact with the devil, to better fool him afterwards.
Like a diva getting ready every evening for her most beautiful show, Metz puts on its light's costume and offers to the walker a brilliant entertainment.
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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.
More morbid tales.
Another saint became famous for saving three little kids who were captured by the evil butcher who sliced them up into juicy morsels and then left them to cure in his brine tub. Seven years later, while traveling in Lorraine, St. Nicolas asked the butcher for something to eat saying he'd love a piece of meat that had been in the brine tub for the last seven years. Realising his crime had been discovered, the butcher fled and St. Nicolas brought the children back to life. As if.
I wonder who came up with these nasty stories, and if they have any fairy tale legends, like beautiful princess and her prince riding off in the sunset on a white horse (equally impossible, though!)
The Graouilly Monster
Francois Rebelais describs a formidable beast that haunted the ruins of the amphitheatre: "Its eyes were bigger than its stomach, and its head larger than the rest of the body. It had enormous menacing jaws full of sharp teeth..." It was believed that it was the dragon that caused terror in the people of Metz until it was finally tamed by St. Clement (with his stole) and taken far away forever.
A Pact With The Devil
There are numerous legends about Metz, I'll mention just some of the most famous ones.
A Pact with the Devil says that during the construction of St. Etienne cathedral its architect and builder Pierre Perrat made a pact with the devil to help him solve many technical difficulties he faced. However, he was tricky and resourceful, so he managed to chat the devil and save his soul!
There may be problems for...
There may be problems for non-French speaking people. I tried to use English at different places but i could not find someone to reply in same language mostly(!) in fact i can speak French.
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