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Population: 732,207 (2010)
Subprefectures: Briey, Luneville, Toul.
Surface: 5,246 km2
Largest town : Nancy (107,000)
Economy: steel works, services, research, universities (Nancy), aeronautics (Chambley-Bussieres)
Specialties: bergamot, quiche lorraine, rum baba, lorrain pate, madeleine, plums, macarons, saint Epvre (cake).
Tourism: Nancy (Stanislas square, Nancy school Art Nouveau), Castle des Lumières (Luneville), Abbey of Premontres, medieval city of Liverdun, Baccarat, Vauban fortifications.
Population: 379,724 (2010)
Prefecture : Epinal
Subprefectures: Neufchateau, Saint-Die-des-Vosges
Superficie: 5,874 km2
Plus grande ville : Epinal (Pop: 33,000)
Economy: agriculture, wood and timber, paper (Clairefontaine), biomass, tourism, textile, bottling.
Specialties: plum, quetsch, munster, carré de l'Est (cheese), honey, quiche lorraine, nonnette of Remiremont, loriquette of Remiremont (cakes).
Tourism: spas (Contrexeville, Vittel), green tourism, winter sports, cathedral of Saint-Die, principality of Salm-Salm, Ballons des Vosges regional nature park.
Three days in the Ballons des Vosges regional Nature Park
With the High Vosges at his heart, the Ballons des Vosges regional nature park spreads towards the valleys of Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comte. The plateau of Mille Etangs (1,000 ponds) in Haute-Saone is the second natural treasure of the park. In this vast territory crossed by the Tour de France between July 12 and 14, exceptional landscapes are many – the high crests of the Vosges and their meadows at high altitude, its ice-age circuses, the Lorraine and Franche-Comte valleys with their deep forests as well as the Alsatian villages and their wines.
To discover the human and cultural riches of the territory, the park welcomes the public on premises open all-year-round for free in Chateau-Lambert in Haute-Saone and Munster in Alsace.
Km 20 : Luneville
An old garrison town, Luneville is know for chinaware, embroidery but above all for its huge castle built in the 18th century for Duke Leopold 1 of Lorraine and known as the Versailles Palace of Lorraine. Enormous restoration works are underway after if was destroyed by fire in 2003. Luneveille is also the birthplace of rum baba and Gilbert Bauvin, runner-up in the 1956 Tour de France.
VISITING A PRIVATE HISTORIC MONUMENT
Park and gardens of Château de Gerbéviller (14 kms from Luneville)
The park has been designed at the begining of 19th century, by Louis-Marie Berthault, landscape-gardener of Nalpoleon Ist . A rare « Nymphaeum » and the « Red Pavillion », dated around 1620, are to be discovered among remarkable trees. Open from July 14 to 20, July 28, and from August 11 to 17, from 2 pm to 7 pm. Château de Gerbéviller, Gerbéviller ; tel : 03 83 42 71 57 ; www.chateau-gerbeviller.com.
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