The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Spring 2022

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Port de plaisance

Port de plaisance ©Philippe Gisselbrecht Head to the Quai des Régates and take an electric boat tour– you can even combine it with wine tasting or aperitifs. And take a break in the park at Metz Marina, Port de Plaisance. Les Halles: The U-shaped covered market on Place Jean-Paul II has a superb range of food including a shop selling local Mirabelle (plum) brandy. Take a break at the market bistro L’Assiette du Marché or pick up something delicious like fuseau lorrain, a soft garlic sausage that’s a regional specialty from Chez Mauricette opposite. The squares: in the heart of Metz, renovated squares such as the Place de Chambre (nicknamed the gourmet square of Metz), the Place d’Armes (the medieval Place Saint-Louis, and the Place de la République offer a place to relax. Place Jeanne d’Arc is just perfect for summer drinks and dining 40 | The Good Life France

Where to eat El Theatris in Place de la Comédie on the Petit Saulcy island in the centre of Metz serves gastronomic food with an emphasis on local, seasonal products. One of the dining rooms is the former office of the Marquis de La Fayette, French aristocrat and American Revolution War hero. He was appointed commander of the French army at Metz in 1791. Head out of the city to Sarreguemines (around an hour by car) for a Michelin star feast created by Chef Stephan Schneider at the gorgeous 4* hotel Auberge Saint-Walfrid: Where to stay 4* MGallery La Citadelle Hotel in a former 16th century military building for its superb décor and fabulous view over cathedral from some rooms. 5 Av. Ney, 57000 Metz Info Trains to Metz run from Gare de l’Est, Paris and take from 83 minutes. Summer garden in the Place de la Comédie © Philippe Gisselbrecht-Ville de Metz Did you know? Metz is pronounced Mess which is not a grammar thing – it’s unique to Metz. In fact, says Vivienne Rudd from Metz tourist office, even most Messins (people of Metz) don’t know why it’s pronounced this way. Metz was called Divodorum Médiomatricorum in Gallo- Roman – a bit of a mouthful and horrendous for inscribers of the day. In the 5th century, it was shortened to Mettis then to Mets, Mèz, Mès, Metz and Mess in the 14th century. A recent article suggests that 17th century French printers wanted to use the German “ß” symbol to represent the double “s”, but didn’t have one, so replaced it with something that looked (a bit) like it: “tz”, but the old pronunciation stuck... why? Because it’s easier to say! The Good Life France | 41