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Grand Est


From Alsace to Meuse, this eastern region has everything from Germanic roots to Renaissance architecture...


IT IS fair to say that GRAND EST is something of a cultural hybrid. The result of a merger between the former (and very distinct) regions of Alsace, Champagne- Ardenne and Lorraine in the northeast reaches of France, it is not the easiest for tourists to wrap their heads around. Thankfully, we're here to shed some light on this super- region's many treasures. Let's start with Alsace. Having fl ipped between French


and German rule throughout history, it bears countless reminders of its Teutonic heritage. Some of its better- known neighbourly infl uences include Sauerkraut, Gewürztraminer wine and even Strasbourg's popular Christmas market – one of the world's oldest and largest. If it's tasty tipples you seek, Champagne-Ardenne is


awash with wine cellars and vineyards. Walking routes wind through the swathes of green, while guided tours provide a chance to visit family-run and traditional establishments, meet the professionals and, of course, sample the region's (and probably the world’s) favourite bubbly. Wherever your travels take you, Reims should feature high on your list; if only to look in on the city's breathtaking Gothic cathedral, though of course it has plenty of other attractions. The birthplace of the scrummy quiche of the same name, Lorraine has cast its spell on generations of holidaymakers. Its rather regal capital, Nancy, with echoes of Versailles, is the jewel in its shiny crown.


LE VALLON DE L’EHN***


OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL 5 min walk - Open from June to August


NEW! Chalets - 4/6 persons


CAMPING MUNICIPAL*** LE VALLON DE L’EHN 1, rue de Berlin - F - 67210 Obernai - Tél. +33 (0)3 88 95 38 48 camping@obernai.fr - www.camping-obernai.fr facebook.com/camping.obernai January until 13th


Closed from 5th March 2020


The Meuse département in Lorraine has tremendous


offerings, from verdant bike routes to secluded river fi shing spots, and from moving World War One memorials and battle sites to fi ne local delicacies like Mirabelle plums. The perfect escape for fl âneurs and dreamers, Grand Est is rife with romantic architecture. If (like us) you swoon over exposed beams and colourful paintwork, you'll adore the 16th-century buildings of Troyes – not to mention the picturesque Alsatian town of Colmar, with its stretch of pastel half-timbered homes by the waterfront. There's no shortage of excitement for little ones here either, thanks to a number of wildlife parks and nature attractions, including La Volerie des Aigles. ■


FURTHER INFORMATION Picturesque Colmar in Haut-Rhin is one of Grand Est's stunners 8


The fi ve regional tourism boards in Grand Est: • www.visitardenne.com/fr; www.visit.alsace; www. lachampagne.travel; www.tourisme-lorraine.fr; explore.massif-des-vosges.com


CAMPING & HOLIDAY PARKS 2021


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