Nancy, France

 

Rococo Fountain and Wrought-Iron Gate, Place Stanislas

If you’re seeking opulence, rococo fountains and gilded wrought-iron gates, visit Nancy, a city of about 100,000 in France’s Lorraine region. Nancy was first inhabited as early as 800 B.C. It was part of the Duchy of Lorraine until 1766, when its duke, Stansilaw Leszczyski (also deposed king of Poland), died and Nancy became a French province.

Nancy was once the center of Art Nouveau, whose style was pioneered by Emile Gallé and d’Ecole de Nancy. Quiche Lorraine is another claim to fame.

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