Today has been amazing... here is what I did, full posts to come when I'm home obviously.
Tour of Nantes City Centre - On Foot
The medieval quarter includes the Saint Pierre & Saint Paul cathedral, the château of the Dukes of Brittany and Bouffay square - L’Ile Feydeau, a mark of the city’s maritime past in the 18th century - The 19th century quarter includes the Pommeraye Passage, Graslin theatre, the beautiful La Cigale brasserie et Cambronne square
Shuttle Boat To Trentemoult
On the left bank of the river, opposite the port of Nantes lies the former fisherman’s and sailor’s village of Trentemoult, which has today become a charming riverside district. The locals have created a colourful village, with its winding narrow alleyways and small restaurants with music and dancing. It’s a place where the Nantes locals come to get away from the city life. It’s here that Jules Verne’s fictional captain character lived!
Ile De Nantes
One of the biggest urban redevelopment projects in France and sitting within the Loire river, l’île de Nantes spans 350 hectares, situated opposite the historic city centre. Symbolic of Nantes’ naval history, the west side of the island has become an attractive tourist and cultural destination where many of Nantes’ fairs and festivals are held. The site includes: the banana warehouse, the rings of Buren and Bouchain (work from the Estuaire contemporary arts festival), the François Mitterand quay, the Titan crane, the builder’s yard park and its 5 gardens, the Prouvé station (from the Estuaire festival), La Fabrique creative centre, the Machines de l’ile, the Manny building, the Jean Nouvel Palace of Justice and L’Absence by the Van Lieshout studio (Œuvre « Estuaire »).
The Machines De L'Ile
THE GREAT ELEPHANT This mechanical elephant stands 40 fett / 12 mm high. When it moves, the 49 passengers feel as if they are on the 4th floor of a house. In the gallery, real plants and animals in the tree canopy, visitors ride a giant insect; a beetle larva emerges from the ground, and is carried off by a heron flying by. CARROUSEL DES MONDES MARINS This 80 – ft/ 25 m tall merry-go-round has to be seen to be believed ! Its three levels represent the ocean floor, the water and the surface of the sea and boats. There are 35 moving mechanical sea creatures, guarded by 16 fishermen from different parts of the world. Visitors will be able to move about in this “ballet” of aquatic animals.
Nantes Christmas Market
The largest Christmas Market in the western France, with more than hundred wooden cottages, takes place in the heart of Nantes, at Place Royale and Place du Commerce. Place Royale during this period becomes a small village around the fountain and the real Father Christmas.
Enjoy the panoramic views of the city at Le Nid. Soaring to a height of 475 ft (144m) the Tour Bretagne is the third highest office block in the region. The 32nd floor offers a 360° view over the metropolis. Up here, Jean Jullien, a young prodigy in the international world of graphic arts, creates a fun atmosphere. A huge white bird curls around the terrace; furniture inspired by the animal world welcomes you!
Dinner At Pickles
This brilliant new bistro lives up to its word-of-mouth reputation. Run by an English chef, it is the place to be this Autumn in Nantes, with its original, local and ethnic dishes and all served in a relaxed and contemporary space. Examples of main courses: Cromesquis of Nantes-style headcheese, kimchi mayonnaise, mustard pickles. Lamb from Sologne, arugula gnocchi, celeriac purée – star anise, braised red cabbage. Tapioca pudding with coconut milk, confit butternut squash preserved in spices, suprêmes of orange.