With its traditional winemakers’ houses, this very pretty linear village in the foothills of the plateau south-west of Nancy is charming. The network of streets in the centre of Houdemont is set around a covered lavoir (wash house). Did you know that Jacques Callot, Nancy’s famous 17th-century engraver, lived here? His house, dating from 1580, bears a plaque. From Montauban at the top of the village, there are fantastic views across Greater Nancy and the whole of the Meurthe valley. Seek out the ancient paths between the houses of the old village and walk to the lake, then follow the Fonteno stream to its source to enjoy some lovely walks on the hillside above the city.