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The three most famous squares in Nancy, France were built by Duke Stanislas in the 18th century. In 1983, they were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

They are: Place Stanislaw, Place d’Alliance, and Place de la Carriere.

Français : Place Stanislas à Nancy

English: Fountain of Amphitrite at Place Stani...

English: Fountain of Amphitrite at Place Stanislas in Nancy, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve decided to change the format a little bit. Instead of a picture a day (although, pictures will definitely still be posted), I’m going to post a bit of trivia about Cincinnati or one of our sister cities.

Let’s start with a question about Nancy, France!

Do you know the three most famous squares in Nancy? 

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Nancy, France

Source: Alainalele’s Flickr

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Amazonia Reginae is the label for this picture, but when I researched those two words — I didn’t find anything. Does anyone know which one of these plants Amazonia Reginae is referring to?

Source: Belgian Chocolate’s Flickr

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Nancy, France

Nancy’s location in the province of Lorraine and the history of that specific region has heavily influenced the traditional cuisine. The famous Quiche Lorraine, as you may be able to guess, comes from this area, but Nancy is also home to a particular version of macaroons.

Quiche Lorraine is a German-inspired dish that originally was baked in a brioche pastry instead of French pie dough. The name comes from the hybrid dialect historically spoken in Lorraine that mixed French and German; “quiche” came from the word meaning “cake.”

French Quiche lorraine

 

The popularity of this dish has expanded beyond the north of France and is now a common meal in any kitchen that cooks French food. Try typing “Quiche Lorraine” in an Internet search bar and tons of recipes pop up. For more information about this quiche in Nancy/Lorraine, you can check out this site.

 

Another article on the same site describes the story behind Nancy macaroons and why they are only available at one specific bakery. The Sisters of Les Dames du Saint Sacrament’s Convent was dissolved during the French Revolution, and the Convent’s doctor (who lived in Nancy) took in Sisters Marguerite and Marie-Elisabeth. They were both skilled with pastry and made almond macaroons for him as proof of their gratitude.

“Macarons de Nancy” or “Macarons des Soeurs Macarons” are only available at Maison des Soeurs Macarons because the original recipe is still a secret. This article describes some of the differences between Nancy macaroons and other types of macaroons.

Macaroons.

 

Gifu, Japan

Surprisingly, it was easier to find details about regional specialties in Gifu than it was to find the information for Nancy! One popular food export and the Slow Life City Initiative promoted by the city’s government caught my eye while I was researching.

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Ayu, or Sweet Fish in English, are small fish that are part of the salmon family and is considered a summer delicacy throughout Japan. Scientific information about Ayu can be found here. Gifu is famous for the harvesting of Ayu from its rivers as part of the strong fishing industry. It is known for its “sweet” taste, and is typically grilled with a bit of salt on top. It is such an icon that the Gifu Convention & Visitors Bureau suggests pastries formed in the shape of Ayu as good souvenirs.

 

The Slow Life City Initiative is a promotion started in the early 2000s to encourage Gifu citizens to lead a slower lifestyle, with a focus on traditional Japanese culture, arts, locally grown food and slow tourism (or tourism that focuses on these areas). One traveler in 2010 wrote a blog about their visit to Gifu and the “Morning” initiative. As part of this program, you can go to any restaurant in Gifu during certain hours and receive a complimentary breakfast with coffee. More details (and photos!) are available on the post here.

There are two webpages about this Initiative on the Gifu City’s official site. One focuses on “Local production for local consumption,” or at least, that is what my Google translator tells me it says. The other webpage talks about the Slow Food Contest, which was last held in 2005. Both sites have recipes available.

For specific dishes and their descriptions, this site has a lot of information to peruse. Examples are akakabu no tsukemono (pickles from red turnips), ayugashi (sweet fish cakes), and dobujiru (mashed beans soup).

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Photo a Day

The Grand Staircase in the Musée des Beaux-arts de Nancy. The architecture of this museum compliments the art so well!

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Opéra-Theâtre in Nancy, France.

Source: Mark Skevington’s Flickr

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