A Day Trip to Nancy, France

Since being in France, and more specifically living in the Lorraine section, Nancy has been on my list to visit. Over the past year I’ve driven past Nancy several times with it being about 45 minute drive away, have received Facebook event notifications for concerts and local races there, and have been warned by Metz locals that “La Lorraine est grenat”! (Metz’s football team colors and Metz and Nancy rival each other in soccer/football). I could get backlash here for being a Metz girl in Nancy but I’m fine with it because, let’s be honest, I’m all Boston anyway.

Photo courtesy of La Lorraine République
Photo courtesy of La Lorraine République

About a week ago I had the chance to make a midweek train visit to Nancy, which by the way is only a 35-minute ride at 14€ RT. Considering how convenient that is, I can’t believe it took me this long to get over there.

Stepping out of the train station, which is about a 400m walk to the center of town, I immediately saw a cathedral mimicking a smaller version of Notre Dame in Paris, called Cure Saint-Leon IX.

Cure Saint-Léon IX
Cure Saint-Léon IX

Using the Google travel guide and Trip Advisor, I was able to make a walking plan. Starting at Porte Stanislas, I headed towards Place Stanislas. Here marks a vast and beautiful pedestrian Plaza with open-air seating for several restaurants, surrounded in gold plated fences and sculptures with magnificent views of the Musee des Beaux-Arts and L’Hotel de Ville (Mayor’s Office).

Porte Stanislas
Porte Stanislas
Place Stanislas
Place Stanislas
Place Stanislas
Place Stanislas
View of Hôtel de Ville
View of Hôtel de Ville

After a quick rest and a glass of white wine to take in some of the views, I made my way towards Palais du Gouverneur Militaire and Parc de la Pepiniere which was in full bloom with spring flowers. From there I made my way towards Porte de la Craffe which resembles the Porte des Allemands in Metz. I then found Place Carnot that was in the middle of hosting a spring carnival. After having walked a couple hours, I built up an appetite and found a Made in France sandwich shop close to Basilique Saint-Epvre.

Walking towards Governors Palace
Walking towards Governors Palace
Parc de la Pépinière
Parc De la Pépinière
Porte de la Craffe
Porte de la Craffe
Place Carnot Spring Carnival
Place Carnot Spring Carnival
Basilique Saint-Epvre
Basilique Saint-Epvre

After replenishing some carbs, I walked across town to Cathedrale Notre Dame de L’Annonciation. I circled around to find Jardin Dominique Alexandre Gordon with more fragrant flowers and finishing up my tour back through Place Stanislas to several shopping boutiques before catching one of the trains, that come every 30 minutes, to head back to Metz.

Nancy Cathédrale
Nancy Cathédrale
Jardin Dominique Alexandre Gordon
Jardin Dominique Alexandre Gordon
Shopping Center
Shopping Center
Nancy Street Art
Nancy Street Art

A beautiful, walking city, Nancy hosts an array of shops, sites and bites to eat. Having gotten a glimpse on a sunny, spring day helped build my admiration of Nancy. Maybe next time I can even convince Juju to come with me!

3 thoughts on “A Day Trip to Nancy, France

  1. Awesome post Kristy! We are headed to Nancy for 2 days in early September. This post has been a big help for me to plan our first day. I’m thinking Metz for our second day.

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