© F. JAKUBOYE – Le Champ de Roche
A little corner of paradise for everyone !
To combine nature and unusual places nothing like a nice trip to La Glacière -Défilé de Straiture at Ban sur Meurthe -Clefcy offering a mixture of granitic soil and periglacial scree, stagnant water, cold air, with the presence of a micro-climate contributing to a peat-bog vegetation.You may as well take the direction of the Champs de Roches-Barbey-Séroux where the mystery all around these rock piles reigns supreme.
From the belvedere at La Tête des Cuveaux in Eloyes, a 360° view over the massif allows you to contemplate the Moselle valley, immersed in a colorful celtic atmosphere due to its cupules.
For the fun part, take the direction of L‘Ardoise Verte in Epinal, a site with educational games in the heart of nature with its plant maze leading to a medieval castle in the middle of a Gaul village. A lot of fun for young and old alike !
As regards nature again, go to the terraced gardens of Plombières les Bains offering a fabulous view over the spa town. A large variety of plants and vegetables from organic production will delight the most curious visitors.
As for the historical attraction, you will find it atVioménil.There, the source of the Saône or the water divide where the Saône and the Madon originate, reminds us of the important role played by water courses from antiquity to the present day since one of them reaches the North See and the other the Mediterranean.
Second historical reminder, concerning sport this time:le Pont Tatal in Claudon, a 43 metre high ,121 metre long bridge that gives us an idea of the key military and economic importance of railways over the past years.Today this aqueduct has become a reference site for bungee- jumping and rock -climbing.
When culture meets nature the result is rather surprising and it is precisely what Le Théâtre de Verdure at Plainfaing offers: a wooden frame in a natural setting to attend various performances all summer long.
The Vosges’ heritage will enable you to discover La Route des Chalots in le Val d’Ajol . The « chalots » are small wooden huts right out of the past, more than 500 year old.They are made of oak covered with sanstone lava and totally dismountable .
They will remember you to what extent the past is still present even if their use has evolved .
Another heritage from our unusual past is le Fort de Bourlémont at Mont les Neuchâteau.This fort conveys a military image from the late 19th century. It has become a place full of secrets through its galleries but also thanks to its flora and fauna.That is the place where young and old will learn while having fun.
Are you interested in magnetism? If so, take the direction of Le Lac de la Maix at Vexaincourt. Legends abound about this site . Delve into the mysteries of the lake , come and seek spiritual renewal in the chapel. Stop for a historical pause at la Tour Chinoise in Epinal which was formerly used by the Receiver Géneral of the « departement » as a staircase to link his residence in le Faubourg d’Ambrail and the castle gardens ,around 1804.
La Manufacture des Grandes Orgues in Rambervillers dating from 1750 is still in activity and it is the oldest in the world. Thanks to its know-how combining locksmithing, drawing, and music, it gave a second life to the organ of studio 104 of Radio France and to other organs in the entire world.
In Meurthe et Moselle , go to la Pierre au Jo or la Pierre à Coq, a few yards from Bois le Prêtre.This menhir has survived the conflicts of the first world war.