Récit d'un voyageur
The diary of
a traveller over Alps and Appenines
ED. Londres, 1824
Sunday, Aug. 24.
Crossed the Meurthe on our way to Lunneville, where we
stopped to breakfast. It is a town of moderate size,
with a grand chateau adjoining to it, having extensive
promenades, and fine avenues in the old stile around it.
The house and pleasure grounds appertain to government,
and have been given by the King as an habitation to one
of the Hohenloe family, who is at present gone to
partake of the glories of the army in Spain. They are in
a state of sad disrepair. The principal church is a
spacious building, in which I was present at the service
of Mass to a whole regiment drawn up in the body of it.
Was not Lunneville in former times the Court of the
family of Lorraine, so much distinguished in the history
of France ? We are at present in the province of
Lorraine. Went on to dinner and to pass the night at
Blamont, of which the main street is of ample breadth,
and well built; but the population is not considerable.
Upon the top of a hill, on the declivity of which a
principal part of the town is placed, there is an
ancient fortification, with round towers, in ruins. It
was probably antecedent to the knowledge of gun-powder,
as there are no signs remaining of requisites for the
use of fire-arms.
Monday. Set out at the usual hour for Sarrebourg, [...]