From LAX, nonstop service to Paris is offered on Air Tahiti Nui and Air France, direct service (no change of planes) on United, and connecting service (change of planes) on Delta, Continental, American, Lufthansa, British, US Airways and Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $949.
High-speed TGV trains leave Paris' Gare L'Est for Metz every hour. Prices range from $51 to $110, depending on the time of day and class of travel, with 25% off through Dec. 31 for museum visitors.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 33 (country code for France), 3 (regional code) and the local number.
WHERE TO GO
Centre Pompidou-Metz; 87-15-39-39, http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/site/?lang=en. Closed Tuesdays. Tickets about $9.
WHERE TO STAY
Metz is worth an overnight visit. Roman, medieval and Renaissance eras have left their mark on the city, so it's an interesting place to roam.
La Citadelle, 5 Avenue Ney; 87-17-17-17, http://www.citadelle-metz.com. A historic hotel with luxury amenities built in 1559 as the military citadel of Metz. Doubles from $168.
Hôtel de la Cathédrale, 25 Place de Chambre; 87-75-00-02, http://www.hotelcathedrale-metz.fr/en.php. A 17th century hotel, patronized by Madame de Stael and Chateaubriand, across from the cathedral. Doubles from $99.
TO LEARN MORE
French Government Tourist Office, http://www.franceguide.com
Metz tourist office, http://tourisme.mairie-metz.fr/fr/index.phpCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun