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Lorraine

The slightly hilly region of Lorraine consists of four departments: Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges. It is the only French region that borders on three countries - Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. Just as the Alsace, the Lorraine region has earlier been a region of Germany. Therefore there are here many German influences to be found.

On the west it is bounded by the Scheldt, on the east by the upper reaches of the Meuse, the Moselle and the Saar. Water tourism is a major attraction of this area.
The diversity of culture in Lorraine is great. There are influences from both France, Belgium and Germany, with interesting things such as the crystal of Baccarat, the violin makers and pottery.

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-The department of Meurthe-et-Moselle takes its name from the rivers Meurthe and Moselle. Not far from capital Nancy these two merge. Nancy is one of the main centers of the Art Nouveau in France, the art movement that, led by Emile Gallé, master glass-maker and furniture designer, was born in Nancy. Highlights from this period are still abundantly present in the city.
- The department of Meuse borders to the north on Belgium and forms the green heart of Lorraine. The capital is Bar-le-Duc.
A region with dense forests, rivers and quiet paths and roads. The Lac de Madine is a nice place for fishing, sailing, golfing, swimming and walking. In the forests of the Massif d'Argonne and the Saulxvalley are several marked trails for mountain bikers, and horseback riding and hiking.

- The Moselle is a beautiful walking area. It is the region of the medieval castle of Malbrouk, the constructions of the Maginot Line with underground fortifications and the art and traditions of crystal and pottery.
In the capital Metz, located on the Moselle, is the Saint-Etienne Cathedral, with among other things the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Metz is one of the oldest cities in France.

- In the department of Vosges is the Parc Naturel Régional des Ballons des Vosges, a beautiful hiking area with a varied landscape of forests, lakes, rivers, bogs, steep cliffs and limestone hills.
The Vosges are also known for the many spas with their own thermal springs, such as Vittel, Contrexéville, Bains-les-Bains and Plombières-les-Bains. The region has seven modern ski centers, of which Gerardmer and La Bresse are the most famous.
The capital is Épinal but Domremy-la-Pucelle, with around 200 inhabitants, is probably the most famous village of the Vosges: here was born in 1412 Joan of Arc. Her birthplace still exists and is now a museum.

The best known quiche from France comes from Lorraine. This savory quiche Lorraine is made with a shortbread base of flour, water and butter. The filling of the cake is a mixture of eggs and cream and in the quiche Lorraine bacon and cheese are added.
Bergamot candy from near Nancy is very special and macaron is the most colorful delicacy from France.
Baba au Rhum is thé dessert of the French cuisine. They are cupcakes, mostly in theform of a turban, sitting in a large pot of rum. Throughout France the shell-shaped madeleine cakes are eaten. The Lorraine is also famous for its delicious mirabelles.

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