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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Train station of Metz © Philippe Gisselbrecht

Pompidou Centre

A regional branch of Paris’s Pompidou

Centre opened in Metz in 2010. The

avante-garde building, which is highlighted

by an undulating roof, houses an extensive

collection of modern art. The 77-meter

high spire is a nod to the year 1977, when

the Paris Center Pompidou opened.

Modern and contemporary art exhibitions

are regularly updated. The centre has a

café and a very nice restaurant with a

terraced area.

The Graoully – Metz’s dragon

The legend goes that a terrible dragon named

the Graoully terrorised the people of Metz

until the city’s first Bishop, Saint Clement,

drowned it. It’s said that the Bishop led the

dragon from its lair, along a narrow road to

the River Seille, warning onlookers “Taisonsnous/keep

quiet, don’t wake the monster.’

Stroll along the pretty cobbled street of what

is now called rue Taison, and look up, away

from the many boutiques and cafés, and

you’ll spot the Graoully, hanging over you!

The Imperial Quarter

Between 1902 and 1914, the Imperial

Quarter around the train station was built

to strict Germanic town planning principals.

Originally called Neue Stadt (new city)

the area has some of the best preserved

examples of German Empire urbanism,

especially the luxurious villas on Avenue

Foch and the remarkable train station.

Don’t miss

Porte des Allemands and the ramparts:

The old city gate (Gate of the Germans)

and a miniature fortified medieval castle

spans the river Seille. The ramparts once

formed a 5.5km enclosure enclosure

punctuated by 12 gates and 76 towers.

You can follow the ramparts path along the

river Moselle.

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