50 Beautiful Photos Of Spring in Lorraine To Cheer You Up!

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After the success of 50 photos of Spring in Alsace, I’m striking back with a new series dedicated to my native region. Lorraine is a historic and cultural province of France that stretches west of Alsace. Provence has lavender, Normandy has apple trees… and Lorraine has mirabelle trees. I admired them in full bloom last year and I was so amazed at the sight. Follow me along the Moselle River for an armchair trip to Epinal, Nancy, Metz, and more… as we discover these 50 photos of Spring in Lorraine to cheer you up!

If this is the case, I invite you to leave a little comment at the bottom of the article… as always I’m happy to read from you! Until then take care and stay safe at home!

 

My most beautiful photos of Spring in Lorraine

This little photographic journey in Lorraine brings us from south to north of the region, following the Moselle River. After Epinal, we’ll go to Vaucouleurs in the Meuse département, then Toul and its beautiful countryside, Nancy, Pont-à-Mousson and Metz. All these photos of Spring in Lorraine have been taken during my last trip in April 2019.

>> Discover the region of Lorraine on the blog!

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Nancy, Lorraine, March 2020 – a few days before the confinement © French Moments


Epinal in the spring

When I travelled from Savoie, French Alps to Lorraine, I passed by the town of Epinal. The head city of the Vosges département was worth a stop.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like spring in Epinal © French Moments

There I climbed on the castle hill which commands fine views on the town’s roofs, the St. Maurice basilica church and the Moselle river.

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Epinal seen from the castle hill © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Epinal © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine – Epinal © French Moments

Curious as I am, I found this interesting little place. It’s a promenade by the old ramparts of Epinal.

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The promenade along the medieval ramparts of Epinal © French Moments

Pansies at Epinal… In French, the flowers’ name is “pensée” translated by “thought”. Lovely isn’t it?

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Pansies in Epinal © French Moments

>> Website of the Epinal Tourist Board


Vaucouleurs in the spring

This is the country of Joan of Arc! It’s in Vaucouleurs that the maiden’s mission began. A mission to have Charles VII crowned King of France at Reims and boot the English out of France.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Vaucouleurs © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine – Vaucouleurs © French Moments

The little town is ideally situated, on the hillsides of the Meuse River. There’s a great view of the historic town from the ruins of the castle.

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The view of Vaucouleurs from the castle hill © French Moments

A few kilometres north of Vaucouleurs rises Gombervaux Castle. This fortified house from the 14th century shows a fine crenelated keep.

Photos of spring in Lorraine - The castle of Gombervaux © French Moments

The castle of Gombervaux © French Moments

>> Website of Vaucouleurs Tourist Board


Toul in the spring

Have you heard of Toul? If not, let’s fix it. 😊

Toul, Lorraine © French Moments

Toul, one of France’s Most Beautiful Detours © French Moments

Surrounded by ramparts, Toul was a military stronghold and the seat of one of the Three Bishoprics alongside Metz and Verdun. This explained why Toul became French in 1552, long before Nancy (1766).

From its brillant past the episcopal town has kept a couple of beautiful churches: St. Etienne cathedral and St. Gengoult church, masterpieces of Gothic art in Lorraine.

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St. Gengoult church in Toul © French Moments

Each of these sanctuaries has its own cloister, a gem of religious art.

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The cloister of St. Gengoult, Toul © French Moments

The City-Hall garden, by the north side of the cathedral, is a haven of peace.

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The garden at the rear of the City-Hall of Toul © French Moments

On the road from Paris to Nancy, Toul is worth a detour…The little historical city is a member of the Most Beautiful Detours of France.

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The Vauban ramparts of Toul © French Moments

And if you lift up the head, you might see a white stork nest. The bird was so happy to stay in Toul, Lorraine that it didn’t think about continuing its trip to Alsace…

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A white stork in Toul! © French Moments

>> Website of Toul Tourist Board


The Toulois region in the spring

The Toul countryside is known as the Toulois. This rural area is famous for its vineyards (in French: Côtes de Toul) and mirabelle plumb orchards. Unsurprisingly spring time in the Toulois is a real enchantment for lovers of the countryside.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Blénod-lès-Toul © French Moments

Blénod-lès-Toul in Lorraine © French Moments

It’s easy to get lost in the many country roads.

Sanzey, Toulois © French Moments

Village de Sanzey dans le Toulois © French Moments

It comprises of small villages dominated by their church bell towers, fields, meadows, and forests. The best of rural Lorraine just for you!

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The village of Charmes-la-Côte near Toul © French Moments

This is where I re-discovered the magnificent mirabelle orchards in full bloom.

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Mirabelle trees, village of Lucey near Toul © French Moments

The flowering of the fruit trees is a highlight of Spring in Lorraine.

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Mirabelle trees, village of Lucey near Toul © French Moments

Mirabelle Tree, region of Toul, Lorraine © French Moments

Mirabelle Tree, region of Toul, Lorraine © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Toulois © French Moments

A house in Lucey surrounded by mirabelle trees in full bloom © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Toulois © French Moments

Near the village of Lucey, Toulois © French Moments

And under a clear blue sky, the amateur photographer that I am couldn’t stop capturing everything I saw…

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The vineyards of Lucey in the Toulois region © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Toulois © French Moments

Village of Lucey, Toulois © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Toulois © French Moments

Village of Bruley, Toulois © French Moments

>> Website of Toul Tourist Board


Nancy in the Spring

I’ve been exploring Nancy in summer, in autumn and in winter.

However last time I saw spring in Nancy, I was maybe a child or a teen-ager. In all cases without a camera to immortalise the moment!

Last year, thanks to Nancy Tourisme, I was able to re-discover the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine in springtime. It was truly magical!

The amazing royal square of place Stanislas is a not-to-miss site in town.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Place Stanislas in April © French Moments

The two other squares listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco are place de la Carrière

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Place de la Carrière, Nancy © French Moments

And place d’Alliance.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Place d’Alliance, Nancy © French Moments

In search of spring in Nancy’s public parks and gardens

But one has to get inside the parks and gardens to have a closer look at spring! Look here in the Pépinière Park.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The bandstand of the Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments

And here in Sainte-Marie park.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The Alsatian House in the Parc Sainte-Marie, Nancy © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The Alsatian House in the Parc Sainte-Marie, Nancy © French Moments

My tip: enter the garden of the School of Nancy Museum. The place is free access. And make sure to visit the Art Nouveau museum (fee apply).

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The aquarium, School of Nancy museum © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Spring flowers, School of Nancy museum © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The porch of the School of Nancy museum © French Moments

The gates of Nancy in spring: porte de la Citadelle…

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Porte de la Citadelle, Nancy © French Moments

… and porte de la Craffe.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

Porte de la Craffe, Nancy © French Moments

Spring marks the time of the traditional fun fair of Nancy on Cours Léopold.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The fun fair on Cours Léopold, Nancy © French Moments

And from the top of the Ferris wheel you’ll get an unmatched view of the city’s roof. One of the best panoramic views you can get of Nancy.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Nancy © French Moments

The old town of Nancy seen from the Ferris wheel © French Moments

>> Website of Nancy Tourist Board


Pont-à-Mousson in the Spring

On my way to Metz, I marked a halt in the little town of Pont-à-Mousson to say hello to my friends at Lorraine Tourisme.

Although Pont-à-Mousson is an industrious town, this should not prevent you to visit the few landmarks in the town.

The former abbey of the Prémontrés on the banks of the Moselle river.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Pont-à-Mousson © French Moments

The Abbey of the Prémontrés by the Moselle river © French Moments

The St. Martin church, built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Its façades was inspired by that of Toul Cathedral and in turn influenced the St. Leon church in Nancy.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Pont-à-Mousson © French Moments

St. Martin church, Pont-à-Mousson © French Moments

The place Duroc, bordered with arcades houses from the 16th century, including the Renaissance House nicknamed Maison des Sept Péchés Capitaux (Seven Deadly Sins House). Charming isn’t it? 😅

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Pont-à-Mousson © French Moments

Place Duroc, Pont-à-Mousson © French Moments

>> Website of the Pont-à-Mousson Tourist Board


Metz in the Spring

Ahh Metz ! How could I describe it to you?

Its cathedral is one of France’s most beautiful Gothic churches, famous for the height of its nave and the lavishness of its stained-glass windows.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Metz in Spring © French Moments

Metz is intrinsically linked with the Moselle river which, at the confluence the Seille river, divides itself into many branches.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

The Moselle river in Metz © French Moments

The best way to discover Metz along the river is to take a cruise on a solar boat.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

On a cruise in Metz © French Moments

This is where you can appreciate nature awakening in spring.

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

On a cruise in Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine – Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

The Moselle river in Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine – Metz © French Moments

Metz, a Green City!

Metz is also about trees, parks and gardens. They are many green areas found across the city: on the river banks of the Moselle or the Seille, around the Palais du Gouverneur, along avenue Foch…

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Spring in the old town of Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine – Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Metz – the Garrison Temple © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine – Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Avenue Foch, Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Rue Gambetta, Metz © French Moments

Photos of Spring in Lorraine - Metz © French Moments

Avenue Foch, Metz © French Moments

A big thank you to Inspire Metz for making this exploration of Metz in spring possible!

>> Website of the Metz Tourist Board


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

10 Comments

  1. Hi, love your posts – we adore France and in particular the countryside , villages and towns and your posts with such beautiful photos really brings alive the beauty of France – thank you and please keep them up !

  2. Thanks so much, Pierre, for reminding us that our planned and postponed holiday to Alsace-Lorraine and to the Loire valley will, indeed, happen one day, and there are even more beautiful sights to see than we had realized!

  3. Bill Barnes on

    Bonjour Pierre, my friends and I sadly had to cancel our trip to Europe planned for May-July 2020. We will try again in 2021. Nancy was on our agenda and we had booked accommodation in Toul – in fact the house owner in Toul refunded our money even though the AirBnB conditions required us to forfeit what we had already paid, which we thought was wonderful of him.

    “Dream today and travel tomorrow” – I love it!

    • Thank you Bill! I’m so glad you were able to get a refund for your trip… we’ll keep dreaming (me included!) about visiting Lorraine! Have a nice day and take care 👋

  4. Stephen Rosicka on

    Thank you once again. I am booked to be in france late july early August and i pray it is open for tourists again

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