We were in Nancy by 10.30 this morning and had another two pleasant surprises. Our first visit was to the Ecole de Nancy Museum, which displays the Art Nouveau furniture, glass and ceramics produced by Emile Galle, and his collaborators Victor Prouve and Louis Majorelle. We were both blown away by the beautiful furniture, including a famous bed with butterfly motifs at head and foot.
We then walked into the centre of Nancy to Place Stanislas. This square, its buildings, sculptures and gilded ironwork, is clearly the reason Nancy has its world heritage status. I have never seen anything like it – grand, beautiful and clean. There was nothing playing at the Opera House but we spent an hour in the Musee des Beaux Arts, which had a basement full of glass by Galle and the Daum family. Gwen was in her element, and is currently filling her holiday notebook with much more detail.
We are enjoying our second evening in the modest B&B at Alaincourt la cote. The owners are friendly and the garden is lovely, but it is a long way to the nearest restaurant. We have just driven back from Chateau Salins where we enjoyed a very modest pizza (at a very modest price). Strasbourg tomorrow.