Of course, there’s more to France than just Paris.We took the train due east to the historical and cultural province of Lorraine (yes, of the quiche variety). Andrew’s aunt lives just out of the main city of Nancy.
Liverdun is a quiet riverside village where the old French countryside lives on, seemingly unchanged.
Nancy is a city that is proud of its changing times.
We always love a good cathedral.
There are more impressive buildings surrounding the central Place Stanislas.
A half hour drive west is the cathedral city of Toul. You can’t miss it, ’cause you’ll see it from a mile away!
Toul Cathedral is an imposing example of Gothic architecture. Although it was built over three hundred years, the impressively detailed facade was constructed in the same style.The interior is uniquely bright and airy for a Gothic church.
It seems there are cathedrals in even the very smallest of villages. With wine to match!Not a bad way to pass one’s time, don’t you think?For something less grand, you can visit nearby Grand. Home to a grand old Roman amphitheatre and some well preserved floor mosaics.
Hidden away deep in the countryside is the village of Domrémy-la-Pucelle (Domrémy of the Maiden). It was originally named just Domrémy.
There was a young maiden, a peasant girl, born here who had received visions from angels and believed that God had chosen her to lead medieval France to victory in its long-running war with England. She convinced the crown prince to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory. But then she was captured by Anglo-Burgundian forces, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake, at the age of 19.
That maiden was Jeanne d’Arc. You might know her as Joan of Arc.She was born in this little house.Overlooking a nearby valley is the Basilique du Bois Chenu.Inside this simple church, her story is shared for all to see.And never forget.Visited 16th & 17th October 2014.