It was in Meisenthal that École de Nancy founder Émile Gallé first learnt the craft of glass blowing and decorating, which he used to great effect in his interpretation of Art Nouveau. The whole region is famed for both its glass craft and pottery. From your base in the dignified city of Metz, expert Prof Anne Anderson will guide you through the wonderful works by Gallé, Daum, Lalique and Saint-Louis as well as explore the art and Art Nouveau of elegant Luxembourg.
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Novotel Metz Centre, Metz
The four-star Novotel Metz Centre is perfectly located in the heart of Metz. The hotel's decor is modern and stylish with a range of facilities - fitness centre, a restaurant and relaxed bar. Rooms are contemporary and airy with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, television and free wi-fi. Please note twin bedded rooms at the hotel consist of a double bed and a pull out sofa bed.
Novotel Metz Centre Website
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Your Lecturer - Prof Anne Anderson
Prof Anne Anderson author, broadcaster, international NADFAS lecturer and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years, specialising in the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism; she currently teaches at Kingston University. Anne's career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world and her TV credits include the BBC's Flog It!. Anne has recieved a rapturous response from or customers at the many Travel Editions UK lectures and tours she has hosted and is excited at the prospect of sharing her knowledge with our clients further afield.
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LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
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Day 1: Travel by Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Metz. On arrival we visit the impressive Gare de Metz-Ville, which houses the apartments of Kaiser Wilheim II, before transferring to the hotel for check-in. This evening there will be a welcome drink, dinner with wine at a local restaurant and a lecture, ‘Playing with Fire: the Glass of Gallé and Lalique’.
Day 2: Morning visit to La Grande Place for the Saint-Louis Crystal Museum, a former royal factory, the oldest manufacturer of glass in the world, dating back to 1586, with over 2000 crystal glass items on display. This afternoon, head to Wingensur-Moder to the Musée Lalique, which houses a superb collection of more than 650 works that charts the career and techniques used by Lalique and his successors to achieve effects in glass. This evening a lecture, ‘Art Nouveau in Metz and Luxembourg’ followed by dinner with wine at the Art Nouveau Brasserie Flo (approx. 15-20 minute walk from the hotel).
Day 3: A full day visit to the elegant city of Luxembourg, where highlights include the extensive collection of fine art at the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA), dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, the medieval Cathedral and old town, as well as a tour of some of the city’s extensive collection of exquisite Art Nouveau buildings, centred around the “Plateau Bourbon” district.
Day 4: Morning free in Metz to explore the Cathedral or Centre Pompidou Metz, a satellite site of the National Collection of Modern Art in Paris, before afternoon transfer back to the station for the return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of the excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
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