France – A Maiden Journey

Of course, there’s more to France than just Paris.SEA French JourneyWe 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.

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Nancy is a city that is proud of its changing times.

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We always love a good cathedral.

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Nancy Cathedral

There are more impressive buildings surrounding the central Place Stanislas.

Frame 2DSC08171A half hour drive west is the cathedral city of Toul. You can’t miss it, ’cause you’ll see it from a mile away!

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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.Frame 5The interior is uniquely bright and airy for a Gothic church.


Toul Cathedral

It seems there are cathedrals in even the very smallest of villages. With wine to match!Frame 6Not a bad way to pass one’s time, don’t you think?Frame 7DSC07900For something less grand, you can visit nearby Grand. Home to a grand old Roman amphitheatre and some well preserved floor mosaics.

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Ancient Roman ruins of Grand

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.DSC07906She was born in this little house.Frame 8Overlooking a nearby valley is the Basilique du Bois Chenu.Frame 11Inside this simple church, her story is shared for all to see.Frame 10Frame 9And never forget.DSC07902Visited 16th & 17th October 2014.


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