Hot summer afternoons are keeping us confined indoors or at swimming pools during the day, but when the sun disappears well after 9pm, town squares and other attractions come to life as the French venture outside for some fresh air.
In Alsace’s neighboring region, Lorraine, they meet in the city of Nancy at the Place Stanislas, which has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is considered one of the most beautiful plazas in the world. Commissioned by the Duke of Lorraine Stanislas Leszczynski in the 1750s, it’s the perfect place for a spectacular light show with gleaming gold-lined 18th-century palaces as backdrops.
As in many European cities, these light shows are a popular summer tradition and are usually centered around a specific theme. This year in Nancy, the theme is World War I. It can be viewed from June 13 to August 15 at 10:45pm each night and from August 16 to September 14 at 10pm. On July 11 and 14, the show will take place at 11:15pm. When we checked it out last night, we were pleased with the visual effects and impressed with the precision it must take to project every image exactly where it needs to be to light up every detail of the building: windows, doors, clock, and pillars- everything in its place to make the beautiful Hôtel de Ville spectacular in a million different ways!