The region of Lorraine is situated at the heart of Europe and so benefits from superb road and motorway communications. The A4 motorway between Paris and Strasbourg exits at Verdun and Metz.
The A31 motorway between Luxembourg and Lyon exits at Metz, Nancy, Pont-à-Mousson, Toul and the Vosges. The TER regional trains and the East European TGV fast trains travel to Lorraine at 320 km/h.
Lorraine is best known for its delicious quiche Lorraine, filled with egg custard and smoked bacon. However, the potato is also an important feature of the region’s traditional dishes, including the potée Lorraine, a smoked meat and sausage stew with cabbage and root vegetables. Lorraine’s emblematic fruit, the Mirabelle plum, is used in pies, desserts and alcoholic beverages.
Festivals fill the region in the summer months with the dancing fountains show, Metz illuminations, the Mirabelle Festival, summer concerts and the Montgolfiades ballooning festival in September. Christmas is another festive season, with Christmas markets and illuminations, a giant skating rink and activities throughout the town of Metz.
Because of the region’s Catholic heritage, nearly every village in Lorraine has a church, though not all of them have a dedicated priest. Church bells announcing Angelus time are stopped during Holy Week and replaced by children who yell “C’est l’Angélus!” After Easter, they go from house to house receiving small gifts.
http://www.tourism-lorraine.com/en/default.asp (official tourist site)