Nantes Travel Guide

  • Place Royale
    Place Royale
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  • La cigale
    La cigale
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    Marche du Bouffay, Nantes, France 2010
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Nantes Things to Do

  • Les Machines De L'Isle De Nantes

    Continuing our story of the Galerie des machines, and its mechanical marvels we went to a demonstration in the back , of the Avion. The airplane The first time we heard this word for the latin base languages we know it came from the word aviation latin for avis that means bird and actio that means action. It was mentioned first in 1863 by the...

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  • La Cathedrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The cathedral is inmense with a rich architecture inside housing the tombs of the last duke of Brittany François II and his wife Marguerite de Foix. This tomb in marbre that sculptor Michel Colombe took five years to do between 1502-1507,is decorated with 12 apostles and four woman representing force, prudence, temperament, and justice. It was...

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  • Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Well administrative not part of Brittany by an oversight in 1941, but historicall and personally part of Brittany ,the great city of Nantes. Home of the rightful name castle of the dukes of Brittany in city center close by the quai malakoff and the river. it is here since the 13C to the 15C as resident of the Dukes of Brittany. The kings of...

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Nantes Restaurants

  • an old favorite, l'entrecôte

    This is a landmark spot, we used to come here often and ate at the same spot under Chez Clément, a chain very much set in Paris. The first time we came it was the branch in Nantes, then it change ownership and change name to the L'Entrécôte. Same friendly staff and more gears towards beef than before.The L'entrecôte also has branches in other parts...

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  • Italian ices Amorino

    this is my favorite when in Paris, and it has branches in Nantes, we visited the Place Royale . Very nice friendly service, great italian home made ice cream and coffees. Wonderful. it has a nice view of the nice square or place royale, and you will be fine to leave the desserts to stop by here as we always do. we have the small 3 flavors cup to...

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  • a landmark in Nantes -cigales

    This is a landmark chic branchée restaurant of Nantes, the ambiance is refine and the service and food sublime. This is what folks comes to France for ,the food at its best done and presented with tradition at stake.right in place gasclin across from the theater ,you can't beat the experience. Since 1895 a must in Nantes. The surrealist painters...

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Nantes Nightlife

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  • theater at graslin

    One of the best theaters of France, now combine management with that of Angers. The theater Gasclin is an institution at Nantes in place Gasclin. It was opened on March 23 1788. Damaged by fire in 1796 it was rebuilt from 1811 by the same architect who built it, Mathurin Crucy. ordered rebuilt after the visit of emperor Napoleon Ier and it was re...

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  • cinema is a French tradition Gaumont

    This is must here , very much into movies, and the Gaumont is a nice branch of good cinemas in France. This one is at the popular place du commerce with tramway and bus stop right in front.passages back of it has plenty of eateries of all prices and for all tastes.more here in...

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  • Irish pub

    I don’t really know how’s the nightlife in this quiet French city (we spend most of the night at Hellfest in Clisson) but this Irish pub seemed good the evenings before. The day we visited the place it was packed because there was a blues band playing live somewhere at the back of pub but we couldn’t approach closer due to the people that were...

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Nantes Transportation

  • Driving in Nantes

    I come here often,and it has become my second home, first to the airport and then the city I drive all over. Very easy to do so if you are by with a rental as well.Nantes has a beltway or périphériques, coming from my side the N165 you arrive at the N444 or the extension of the A11The N444 connects you with the N844 to the airport Nantes...

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  • Gare de Nantes ,trains

    This is a nice regional hub train station with frequent services to Paris from Montparnasse. It sits on the line Tours, Saint Nazaire, and was operational from 1849.It is divided into the gare nord and sud, the gare on the north side or Nord, has a long underground passage that leads to a great hall of departures, with an stairs leading to the hall...

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  • ride a bicycle in Nantes

    the city is putting great emphasis on bicycle riding for use by residents and why not visitors to try it. I like to walk but it should be a good alternative to sightseeing in the city of Nantes.You have over 103 stations well marked in orange and gray all over the city. By hitting savoir plus on the link you will have a map of all of them...

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Nantes Shopping

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  • Shopping center Atlantis is awesome II

    See tip I for full text and more photos.This is a huge shopping center of 151 stores and 31 restaurants with many art and culture expo centers in its property plus a movie cinema house and a bowling center.Enjoy Nantes a huge shopping mall, from clothings to music to video games to household items better prices than Paris::)

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  • shopping center Atlantis is awesome I

    This is a huge shopping center surrounded by wonderful buildings of concerts, arts, exhibitions etc.See second entry tip for more pictures.We passed by it several times and finally decided to come in and it was a great surprise to see this big shopping center in about 1h30 from us by car.This is the shopping center Atlantis, right off the n444 on...

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  • FNAC

    not just any store, the FNAC store here at place du commerce next to the stops tramway and buses, is not but the old stock exchange, palais de la bourse done in 1640!!!It is richly decorated with three floors including a mezzanine area with rolling stairs. a wonderful place to shop and see history around you as well!!! only in Nantes,and only in...

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Nantes Local Customs

  • Cours Cambronne ,gardens

    a cours a passage a garden of Nantes. When want to see Nantais and Nantaises around with famlies you come here, this is it as chic and branchée as it gets, real French à la Française.It was bombed out in 1942-1943 but it has survived thanks to local folks who took a non for profit org to help restore it and keep to our days. The place is strongly...

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  • Historical moments in Nantes

    Some of the history of the city is fascinating, and would like to comment on those familiar and dear to my point of view here. welcome to Nantes, and yes we keep it Breton.Between 900 and 600BC creation of Condevincum, river port of the mouth of the Loire riverBetween 500 and 100BC arrivial of the CeltsAround 70BC ,the Namnetes, Gallic people,...

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  • More Symbolism on Francois II's Tomb

    Not only are the royal heads protected and pillowed by angels, but their feet are guarded by a lion for him (Power) and a grayhound for her (fidelity). Around the bier are statuetts of saints both male and female (Peter with his key is easy to recognize). The dark figures below are mourners. This type of funerary monument is typical of the period....

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Nantes Warnings and Dangers

  • Pretty safe

    Nantes is quite safe compared to other cities where I have lived. In the city center, I have very rarely seen acts of violence, and you do not feel aggressivity there.That may be why Nantes is always ranked among the nicest place to live in France.

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  • This horse eating that fancy...

    This horse eating that fancy car maybe? No, there are no dangers here ;o) except for some mosquito bites maybe...lol!

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Nantes Tourist Traps

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    by chess_machine Written Feb 12, 2009

    Well, thats my opinion and I am not a tourist in Nantes, but I dont think there are many tourist traps in Nantes. The main reason is that the city is not (not yet?) very touristic, so you dont see hords of tourists in major sightseeing places get robbed/trapped, etc.

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Nantes What to Pack

  • Umbrella

    Rain is an important word in Nantes. Nantes could definitely contests as one of France's rainiest place.I remember the long long autumn and winter months when rain was falling on a pretty daily basis. If it does not rain in Nantes every day, it is a good thing. Otherwise, it is natural.So, be aware that when you travel to Nantes between from...

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  • Umbrella!

    I don't know if it is typical of Nantes, but I studied abroad there in the spring of 2001 & it rained a lot. We often times compared the weather to Seattle. Definitely don't go there without an umbrella. It may not be quite as bad during other times of the year, but I wouldn't consider going to Nantes without an umbrella.

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  • Packing List

    Bring along a backpack or sportsbag. It's more handy on a campground then a suitcase. Dress lightly in summer, but always bring along a pair of long trousers, a sweater, some good walking shoes and a light coat. Because in the evening the temperature might be a little lower then at brought daylight. Bring suncream and anti mosquito cream. Film...

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Nantes Off The Beaten Path

  • Jardin des Plantes or botanical gardens

    A wonderful oasis of tranquility and natural beauty in the middle of Nantes just across from the train station Nord side.It has 7 328 hectares or about 18 100 acres of land. It is located in the district of Richebourg,at the north of the train station SNCF (nord exit). It is bypass and alongside the Streets such as rue Gambetta to the north, place...

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  • Museum Jules Verne

    Do you know he is from here? yes February 8 1848. He use to come to this house to see the majestic Loire river and to dream of his plans. Here the family had the secondary home or country home that still exist a few steps from the museum. The museum tells of his dreams and located at 3 Rue de l'Hermitage about 750 meters from the gare maritime or...

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  • place royale Nantes

    The center point of what is sublime chic branchée nice in Nantes, the Place Royale or royal square. It is the image in marbre of the city of Nantes. It has a trident of Neptune, with allergeries in bronze of the Loire and its confluents the Erdre,Sèvre, Cher, and the Loiret. Built between 1790-1794 over old fortifications now serve as the...

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Nantes Sports & Outdoors

  • Le Stade De La Beaujoire

    Beaujoire Stadium had a major refurbishment for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, although it is home to the Nantes Football team.It seating capacity is 38,285, with 220 seats reserved for the handicapped.Inside the stadium you will find bars and snack places, toilets for both sex's and souvenir shops.There is limited parking.You can take a tour of the...

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  • Stade de la Beaujoire

    Built in 1984. Now an 38,500 all seater ground.Now it rained all day and was bitterly cold judging by my head gear in on of the photos.

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  • Skatepark

    Dont know anything about skateboard. Only tried once at 24 and it was not glorious. Anyway, for skateboarders, there is a skateboarding park in the city center, near the hospital CHU. Recenly read it is the first European streetpark integrated in the city center.

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Nantes Favorites

  • Walk Nantes II

    once again here and once again the walks were superb. The town is a giver for that with wide avenues and nice smaller streets that are not steep and great sights along the way.I love to walk these little narrow streets and see the shops restos, sights,and hear the people, see them, talk to them ,ask anything, just get the feel for the place your...

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  • walk Nantes I

    again a city is best seen wallking, get in close to its history, architecture,and local way of life, you do this walking. I do walk a lot and do so in any city I visit or live.Nantes is wonderful to walk along the canal from the train station to the castle of the dukes of Brittany, enjoy it. walk the bassin from train station to castle and back.

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  • Here I provide you with a map...

    Here I provide you with a map of France. Nantes is at the west coast right under the province of Brittany (Bretagne).

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