Category Archives: Nancy

French cakes are not exactly low FODMAP!

IMG_7714Wherever you go in France, there is a “Boulangerie” or “Pattiserie” on every corner, at least it felt like that when we were there. I made it a habit to walk in, have a look, be sure there were nothing I could eat and walk, hungry and sad, out again. Why I did this is beyond my wits, maybe I like to torture myself?

IMG_2229Luckily I found 2-3 shops selling “kitchen-gadgets” in Nancy . Casa at Rue De Saint Thiebaut, had everything I needed (and of course a lot of things I didn’t need, but wanted).

There is also a shop in the Centre Commercial Saint Sebastien that sells smaller things, no furnitures.

At these two places I bough bakery-stuff for a small fortune. You know the feeling when you see all those nice things you have wanted for a long time: Heart-beat, happiness, feeling lucky and a little bit crazy in the same time, diziness…. I have never been “high” on anything “artificial”, but I can imagine it’s like being high on something! And I usually end up with buying more than I planned. The excuse this time was that I saved lots of money not eating all those cakes, I deserved this!IMG_6611

Luckily I love to bake and experiment at the kitchen. My “kitchen-gadgets” never end up in a cupboard never used. Some days ago I tried baking something I have wanted to try for a long time: Chocolatemousse-cake.

The recipe is in my low FODMAP blog, in Norwegian. I have a Google-translate plug-in, so if you are not Norwegian speaking, I am sure you Google will help you. If not, please feel free to ask me!

 

Our Lady of Lourdes, Catholic church, Nancy

Our lady of lourdesWhen I first saw this church I didn’t see how big and beautiful it was. The church is located only 10-20 meter from the main-road and the tram-line and I made a notice of it every time I drove past it with the tram. Because there are maintenance work on the church, both inside and outside, it looks closed from the outside.

The last day I decided to take the tram to the Art-Noevaue district, which is also close to the tram-line, walk back home and take a further look at the church on the way.

The church was not closed and I wished I had known it before. Although I very rarely go to church at home (very few Norwegians do)  I would have liked to go to the church during the Easter-week, as I think that would have been a good experience.

What I like with the Catholic churches, beside that they are usually beautifully decorated, is that people actually use it. Whenever you come in to a Catholic Church you will usually see some people who prays or having a quite session for themselves.

How to get there:

Address: 149 General Leclerc Ave. Nancy, 54 000 FR

You can either drive or you can take the tram to the stop called Blandan or Exelmans. The church is halfway from both stops.

 

 

 

Villa Majorelle, Nancy

IMG_6494Three weeks ago I was in Morocco. Unfortunately I didn’t go to Jardin Majorelle, but I saw beautiful pictures from the garden and regrettet I didn’t go by my own. At that time I knew I was going to Nancy, but I didn’t know there were a connection between Jardin Majorelle and Nancy.

Yesterday, while the men went by train to Metz, I decided to do some Nancy-sightseeing on my own. I remembered that our host here had told me to take a walk to “a house with Art Nouveau style”. I found the house, Villa Majorelle, marked it on my iPhone-map, and started to walk.

It was only 2,5 km. but for me, with my small disabilities, it was longer than I am used to walk, so I was kind of  disappointed when I found the house and it was closed! I was not the only tourist who wanted to see the house yesterday, but I was the only one who took pictures through a hole in the closed gate!

I was also the only one who climbed up on a, to be honest, I am not sure what it was, but it was a “plastic-thing” and I was a little bit afraid it wouldn’t hold me (as I didn’t know what it was…). Well, at least I got a better shot of the entrance than the others!

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The two last photoes was taken from the other side of the street.

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IMG_6492The connection between this house and the garden in Marrakech is that the owner of the garden i Marrakech was the son of Louis Majorelle, who built, owned and lived in this house.

Villa Majorelle was built in 1901-1902 and was the first Art-Nouveau building in Nancy. For more information about the building read here.

Where to get allergy-friendly food in Nancy

IMG_2236I have been to many grocery-stores now, looking for allergy-friendly food, but until yesterday, I was sure that the French simply don’t suffer from any food allergies. Yesterday I found THE shop I was looking for: Le grand marche BIO. The shop has everything “BIO” and “Organic” and a great selection for those who suffer from gluten-allergy.

Where:

Address: 8 Rue Catherine Sauvage, 54270 Essey-lès-Nancy, Frankrike

The shop is in the St. Sebastien shoppingcenter and the shop is located in the left building (if you look at the senter from the tram-stop, Maginot) on the first floor.

Getting around in Nancy

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Nancy is not a very big city. If you stay in the city-center you will propably find it more easy to walk than to take a taxi or public transportation.

Public transportation:

There is only one tram in Nancy. If you don’t live close to a tram-station, there are lots of buses. The bus and the tram cost 1,30 Eur. if you buy one ticket, or you can buy 10 fares for 9 Eur. If you take the tram you have to buy the ticket in advance from the ticket-machine at every stop. The ticket lasts for 1 hour, but if you know you are going to take the tram/bus a lot during a day, you can buy a day-pass (24 hours) for 3,40 Eur.

Bicycle:

rental bicycle NancyNancy has this excellent offer, like many other European cities have, to rent a “City-cycle”. You can pick it up at around 25 stations all over the city and you can leave it at one of them when you are finished. The price is 1 Eur. for a one day ticket. The first 30 min. are free and you then pay two Euro each 30 min. For a seven day ticket the price is 2 Eur, and the same per. 30. min. as for one day ticket. All you need to rent the cycle is a credit card.

I have not used it here in Nancy yet, but I have used something similar in Sevilla, Valencia and London, and I love it!

Taxi:

You are not allowed to stop a taxi on the street. You need to go to the taxi-station or call to be picked up. There is a minimum fare of around 6 Eur. and then you pay a fixed rate depending on time and place.

 

 

Hotel review: Appart’hotel La Maison des Cherheurs (no stars here!), Nancy – France

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The name of the complex means ”The house with the researchers”, I think. (My French is a little bit “rusty”, but with some help from Google translator, I think I got it right!) It must have gotten that name because the university is across the street from the apartments. I also think the university uses the place for their guests as it is close, cheap and convenient, especially with the kitchenette.

To get from the railwaystation to the hotel:

Tram:

Take the tram #1 towards Vandoeuvre CHU Brabois from the railwaystation. The journey will take around 12-15 min. and the stop is called Velodrome. You will see the apartments from the tram-stop.

Taxi:

There are taxi’s outside the railwaystation. In France you are not allowed to stop a taxi on the road, you have to go to the taxi-station or call. The minimum fair is aroun 6 Eur.  and the price is fixed depending on distance and time of travelling. I haven’t taken a taxi from the city center yet, but I believe it will cost around 10-15 Eur.?

The Apartments

The apartment is ok’ish, not the worst I have seen, but not at all luxurious either (zero stars). The pictures at the web-site tells the truth, so I don’t find it necessary to post lots of uninspiring pictures here (yes, I think “unispiring” can describe the apartment).

The good thing first:

* I don’t think all the rooms have balconies, but our has. Although it is narrow, there is space enough for a chair.

* To have a refridgerator, pots, pans and some cutlery, microwavenoven, coffe-machine and two plates to cook food was heaven. Everything was clean, but as the clean-freak I am, I had to wash the cutleries, just  to be on the “safe” side!

* For people working at the universtiy, the location couldn’t be better.

* There are two grocery-stores within very short walking-distance. One to the left and one to the right.

* Pharmacies are located with the grocery-store to the left and another one if you cross the street and go straight forward.

* Self-service laundry is close to the last pharmacy.

* The tram-stop is very close.

* If you are fond of take-away fast-food, you will be in heaven here. Remember, this is where the students eat! Mc. Donalds, Subway and lots of local kebab/fast-food “restaurants” are just around the corner.

The not so good things:

* Our apartment is for three people, but there is no place for storing/hanging clothes. Only one small cabinet! I haven’t taken the effort to unpack, as I don’t think there will be enough space for the clothes I have brought for 10 days. (Ok, I do tend to overpack, but after all, there is limited space in a suitcase, so I don’t have that much with me!)

* Since this is not a normal hotel, but apartments, you will not get cleaning every day. For short stays, you will not get any at all, but for longer stays you will get cleaning and new towels once a week. If you are like me, who wants new towels every, or every other day, bring some more towels! (Luckily I brought some, although Mr. No-Backpacker told me I could always buy some new towels. Let’s see if he agrees with me when I can use my clean towels!)

* The area is very “studentish” and not at all very charming.

If I will stay here again? Well… If going back to Nancy, I will go with Mr. No-Backpacker and he will work. So yes, I take it we will be put in these apartments next time too. If I was a normal tourist, I would definitely have stayed in the city-center!

 

 

 

 

 

Cherryblossom in Nancy!

IMG_6388The cherryblossom here is overwhelming! For a strange reason I have always thought that the cherryblossom “belonged” to Japan. For me cherryblossom = Japan. Maybe because I have fond memories from the first time I was in Japan and fell in love with the country and the cherryblossom?

Luckily Nancy has not ruined my good memories of Japan, as the cherryblossom here is overwhelming, but not as much as in Japan. However it is beautiful here too!

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