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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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Where to eat

El Theatris in Place de la Comédie on the

Petit Saulcy island in the centre of Metz serves

gastronomic food with an emphasis on local,

seasonal products. One of the dining rooms is

the former office of the Marquis de La Fayette,

French aristocrat and American Revolution

War hero. He was appointed commander of the

French army at Metz in 1791.

Head out of the city to Sarreguemines

(around an hour by car) for a Michelin star

feast created by Chef Stephan Schneider at

the gorgeous 4* hotel Auberge Saint-Walfrid:

stwalfrid.fr

Where to stay

4* MGallery La Citadelle Hotel in a former

16th century military building for its superb

décor and fabulous view over cathedral from

some rooms. 5 Av. Ney, 57000 Metz

Info

Trains to Metz run from Gare de l’Est, Paris

and take from 83 minutes.

tourisme-metz.com

Summer garden in the Place de la Comédie © Philippe Gisselbrecht-Ville de Metz

Did you know?

Metz is pronounced Mess which is

not a grammar thing – it’s unique

to Metz. In fact, says Vivienne

Rudd from Metz tourist office, even

most Messins (people of Metz)

don’t know why it’s pronounced this

way. Metz was called Divodorum

Médiomatricorum in Gallo-

Roman – a bit of a mouthful

and horrendous for inscribers

of the day. In the 5th century, it

was shortened to Mettis then to

Mets, Mèz, Mès, Metz and Mess in

the 14th century. A recent article

suggests that 17th century French

printers wanted to use the German

“ß” symbol to represent the

double “s”, but didn’t have one, so

replaced it with something that

looked (a bit) like it: “tz”, but the

old pronunciation stuck... why?

Because it’s easier to say!

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