Theme Week Lorraine – Thionville

25 February 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Johnny Chicago/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Johnny Chicago/cc-by-sa-3.0

Thionville is a commune in the Moselle department in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine in north-eastern France. The city is located on the left bank of the river Moselle, opposite its suburb Yutz. The population of Thionville has increased mainly in the first half of the 20th century due to industrial development of the upper Moselle basin.   read more…

Theme Week Lorraine – Épinal

23 February 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Market Hall © Richieman

Market Hall © Richieman

Épinal is a commune in northeastern France and the capital of the Vosges department. Inhabitants are known as Spinaliens. The commune has a land area of 59.24 square kilometres (22.87 sq mi). It is situated on the Moselle River, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Nancy.   read more…

The wine village Schengen

7 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, Museums, Exhibitions

Schengen Esplanade - Monument commemorating the Schengen Agreement in 1985 - The Agreement was signed on the riverboat M.S. Marie-Astrid anchored at the quai seen here © Cayambe

Schengen Esplanade – Monument commemorating the Schengen Agreement in 1985 – The Agreement was signed on the riverboat M.S. Marie-Astrid anchored at the quai seen here © Cayambe

Schengen is a small wine-producing village and commune in far south-eastern Luxembourg, near the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. Other villages within the commune include Remerschen and Wintrange. As of 2005, the village has a population of 1527 with an area of 10.63 km² (4.1 sq mi).   read more…

Koblenz, at the confluence of Rhine and Moselle rivers

11 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Panorama Fortress Ehrenbreitstein © Holger Weinandt

Panorama Fortress Ehrenbreitstein © Holger Weinandt

Koblenz is a city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are situated. As Koblenz was one of the military posts established by Drusus about 8 BC, the town celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1992. The name Koblenz is from Latin (ad) confluentes, confluence or “(at the) merging of rivers”. Subsequently it was Covelenz and Cobelenz. In the local dialect the name is Kowelenz. After Mainz and Ludwigshafen am Rhein, it is the third largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate, with a population of c. 106,000 (2006). Koblenz lies in the Rhineland, 92 kilometers (57 miles) southeast of Cologne by rail.   read more…

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