Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Located at the foot of the Côtes de Meuse and right in the middle of the Lorraine regional nature reserve, the Madine lake is a beautiful 11,000-hectare stretch of water, 250 hectares of forest and 42 kilometres of banks and shores.

Just two hours away from Luxembourg City by car, this region is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend getaway. Get ready to discover rural France with small villages and picturesque landscapes, with organic food and local wine and better, make sure that you try ”l’eau de vie de mirabelle”, the traditional brandy made of the mirabelle plum, a very representative fruit for the region.

If you are into birdwatching, the Madine lake offers you the chance to discover many species, especially in the two migration seasons.

While it was already November, the weather was very nice, which is why we chose to go for a walk and explore the surroundings. After a long stroll by the lake, we were lucky to witness a beautiful sunset.

I strongly recommend you to visit this area, which also abounds in history. Lorraine’s Meuse department incorporates the town of Verdun, where many World War I battles took place. In fact, a few kilometers away from the Madine river, lies on the Montsec hill ”La Butte de Montsec”, an American monument overlooking the lake, aimed at honouring the American soldiers who fought on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918.

You can find a lot of information on the region and the lake here.

Swans on the  Madine lake

Swans on the Madine lake

Swans on the  Madine lake

Swans on the Madine lake

Weekend trip to the Madine lake in France

Weekend trip to the Madine lake in France

Watching the birds like pros do

Watching the birds like pros do

Little trains are available for tourists who want to explore the area but don't like walking

Little trains are available for tourists who want to explore the area but don’t like walking

Lac de la Madine in Lorraine, France

Lac de la Madine in Lorraine, France

Stunning view over the lake

Stunning view over the lake

Beautiful sceneries

Beautiful sceneries

Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Sunset by the Madine Lake in France

Sunset by the Madine Lake in France

Fishing boats on the Madine lake

Beautiful sunset by the lake

Beautiful sunset by the lake

Sunset by the Madine lake in France

Sunset on the 1st of November 2014 on the Madine Lake in France

Sunset on the 1st of November 2014 on the Madine Lake in France

La Butte de Montsec, an American monument honouring American soldiers who fought in World War I

La Butte de Montsec, an American monument honouring American soldiers who fought in World War I

Butte de Montsec

Photos:© Roxana Mironescu, 1 November 2014

Wild Carpathia


Charlie Ottley ventures deep into the breath-taking but little known mountains and forests of Carpathia.

Home to bears, wolves and the elusive lynx, this is perhaps the last great wilderness in Europe, seen as never before. Charlie provides a unique insight into the scenic beauty and rich culture of the region, exploring its chequered history from the mystical ruins of the ancient Dacian civilisations to its medieval communities, the heritage of which survives intact to this day.

In his quest to find remote villages, cross mountains and spot bears in the wild, Charlie Ottley meets a range of colourful characters including shepherds, artists, eco-warriors, craftsmen, trackers, even a Count.

Charlie also meets HRH Prince Charles to find out why he has a special interest in the area. Wild Carpathia captures the fragile majesty of a unique eco-system and show why it deserves to be preserved in all its glory for the benefit of future generations.