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Nancy and the Art Nouveau

we're visiting Nancy, in the eastern French region of Lorraine
we're visiting Nancy, in the eastern French region of Lorraine
off the train early, we head for Stanislas square...
off the train early, we head for Stanislas square...
...famous for its seven gates in gilded iron
...famous for its seven gates in gilded iron
it's busy in town this weekend, thanks to the annual book fair here
it's busy in town this weekend, thanks to the annual book fair here
the book fair is small but packed with books, authors, and readers
the book fair is small but packed with books, authors, and readers
after picking up a couple of interesting titles, we head out again for air
after picking up a couple of interesting titles, we head out again for air
the old town has narrow, curved streets
the old town has narrow, curved streets
and some curious decorations
and some curious decorations
here's the Craffe Gate, part of the original city defense
here's the Craffe Gate, part of the original city defense
the Lorraine cross decorates the facade
the Lorraine cross decorates the facade
further out, the Citadelle gate
further out, the Citadelle gate
back into old town...
back into old town...
...we head for the ducal palace and its museums
...we head for the ducal palace and its museums
the church and convent of the Cordeliers retain mementos of past dukes
the church and convent of the Cordeliers retain mementos of past dukes
in the museum, traces of the town's long history
in the museum, traces of the town's long history
back on the streets, art of more recent style
back on the streets, art of more recent style
the place St-Epvre (patron saint of unpronounceable names)
the place St-Epvre (patron saint of unpronounceable names)
in the large Pépinière park, once a nursery for tree-planting around town
in the large Pépinière park, once a nursery for tree-planting around town
another historic gate, the Porte Ste-Catherine...
another historic gate, the Porte Ste-Catherine...
...leads to the very floral Jardin Godron
...leads to the very floral Jardin Godron
we have a last look at some old architecture this evening...
we have a last look at some old architecture this evening...
...as the next morning, we plan a walking tour of Nancy's Art Nouveau buildings
...as the next morning, we plan a walking tour of Nancy's Art Nouveau buildings
not bad for a bank!
not bad for a bank!
near the train station, at Place Maginot
near the train station, at Place Maginot
a (later) synagogue on Blvd Joffre
a (later) synagogue on Blvd Joffre
the 1908 chambre of commerce...
the 1908 chambre of commerce...
...with ironwork by Majorelle...
...with ironwork by Majorelle...
...and glass by Gruber
...and glass by Gruber
on Avenue Foch
on Avenue Foch
1902 and 1904 buildings designed by André
1902 and 1904 buildings designed by André
somehow, a 12th-c, tower survives here
somehow, a 12th-c, tower survives here
the Villa Majorelle, where the artist and his family lived
the Villa Majorelle, where the artist and his family lived
the neighborhood is rich with styled facades
the neighborhood is rich with styled facades
at the museum of the École de Nancy; the town was the source of France's Art Nouveau movement
at the museum of the École de Nancy; the town was the source of France's Art Nouveau movement
interiors with designs by Vallin, Gruber, Majorelle...
interiors with designs by Vallin, Gruber, Majorelle...
...Daum, Gallé, Prouvé, etc.
...Daum, Gallé, Prouvé, etc.
this Vallin-Prouvé dining room is spectacular
this Vallin-Prouvé dining room is spectacular
many elements were salvaged from houses lost to district reconstruction
many elements were salvaged from houses lost to district reconstruction
a curious aquarium in the garden of the museum
a curious aquarium in the garden of the museum
in a nearby neighborhood, rue Félix-Faure has several blocks of houses designed by César Pain...
in a nearby neighborhood, rue Félix-Faure has several blocks of houses designed by César Pain...
...each different, but all carrying elements of the new style of the early 20th-c,
...each different, but all carrying elements of the new style of the early 20th-c,
heading back into the old town, we pass other lovely examples
heading back into the old town, we pass other lovely examples
crossing the train tracks, we see a new building site which replaces a disused prison
crossing the train tracks, we see a new building site which replaces a disused prison
we head to the mayor's office on Stansilas square for an exhibit on the Justes of France...
we head to the mayor's office on Stansilas square for an exhibit on the Justes of France...
...many of them ordinary citizens...
...many of them ordinary citizens...
...who supported and saved Jews and others in WWII
...who supported and saved Jews and others in WWII
then back to the ducal palace for an exhibit on Jean Prouvé
then back to the ducal palace for an exhibit on Jean Prouvé
mayor of Nancy after WWII, he was also an architect...
mayor of Nancy after WWII, he was also an architect...
...dedicated to housing the displaced and helping to rebuild towns all over Lorraine
...dedicated to housing the displaced and helping to rebuild towns all over Lorraine
then back to Stanislas square
then back to Stanislas square
with the book fair over, the square is very quiet
with the book fair over, the square is very quiet
it's a nice and peaceful way to take a last look at Nancy
it's a nice and peaceful way to take a last look at Nancy