Barging Through France: Chagall, Alsace & Quiche From Lorraine

European Waterways Panache. © 2012 Monica Frisk
About half of our voyage was in Lorraine, the other half in Alsace. © 2012 Monica Frisk

Our barge adventure on European Waterways’ Panache spanned only six days, but by midweek we already had collected several memorable experiences. I’ve provided links in case you missed our first two full days aboard:

Today, after lunch on board Panache, which included Quiche Lorraine, we hopped in a Mercedes Benz van for the 15-minute drive to Sarrebourg. There, we visited the Chapel of Cordeliers, where a stained glass window called Vitrail de la Paix (Peace Window) by renowned artist Marc Chagall, stands 12  meters high.

European Waterways Panache. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
Marc Chagall’s 12-meter-high stained glass masterpiece, Vitrail de la Paix (Peace Window) at the Chapel of Cordeliers in Sarrebourg. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

One of the most successful artists of the 20th century, Chagall was a Russian-French artist associated with several major artistic styles. An early modernist, he created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

Contemplating Chagall. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

We also visited the Sarrebourg Regional Museum, which featured a tapestry by Chagall as well as exhibits about his life. For Chagall fans, our afternoon in Sarrebourg was a winner. And making a good thing even better, all tours as well as entrance fees were included in the cost of our cruise, with a guide.

European Waterways Panache. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
The Sarrebourg Regional Museum features art and exhibits about the life of Marc Chagall. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

There’s more to come about our voyage on European Waterways’ Panache as we make our way to Alsace. Stay tuned.

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