Discovering Nantes in the mornings of the 2018 edition …

Out and about in Nantes #1: the Park

The hotel which we’re staying at (Ibis Styles, very nice) is very close to Nantes Station, and there’s a lot of building work going on there and on the tramlines at the moment, so stepping outside isn’t immediately eyecatching.

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But, turn left and you very quickly find yourself in a lovely park with some striking features, it’s all very very pleasant.

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My favourite feature though is this giant, sleeping cat …

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Now, if you’d turned right out of the hotel, you’d soon be at the Castle … but that’s another story!

Note: photos are in the Day Three Gallery

Out and about in Nantes #2: the Castle and Cathedral

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Turn right out of the hotel and it doesn’t initially look promising … but keep going for 2 minutes and you’re right in front of the impressive Castle –  Château des ducs de Bretagne to give it its proper name.

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Entry is free and you could spend hours wandering around the ramparts and checking out the various displays and features.

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Sadly the water slide down the outside of the walls (left on the large pic above) wasn’t operational :-((

Then, since it’s only 2 minutes away, you might as well visit the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes).

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It has an unimpressive entrance (the pink door) but inside it’s something to behold (and it’s free, like the castle).

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As usual all the photos, and more, are in the Day Four Gallery

Out and About in Nantes : #3 Nighttime

A couple of photos (from my phone, a Moto G6, since you ask) on the way back last night …

Out and About in Nantes  #4 : the Art Gallery

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So, if the Park is left out of the hotel, the Castle right, what’s in between those two ?

Well, head up the street for the customary two minutes and you’re at the mightily impressive Musée D’Arts de Nantes.

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It’s a huge place, built in 1801 apparently, and split into several sections – Chapelle, Cube and Palais.

There’s all types of exhibits from  Classical paintings, modern squiggles, statues, video cubes, and some oddities too.

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I’m sure I didn’t explore the half of it, but it’s not my cup of tea really, plus my knee was playing up and there’s a lot of stairs to negotiate :-((

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But if you’re after a bit of culture, you know where to go !  (this one’s €8)

As usual, all the photos and more in today’s gallery

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Out and About in Nantes  #5 : Le Petit Train

For the last day’s exploring it seemed like a good idea to venture further than two minutes from the hotel.

I was all set to walk the 15km Green Line tourist route, but some inconsiderate parking put paid to that, so Le Petit Train it was.

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Setting off from outside the Cathedral, the 45 minute, €6.50 journey takes in many of Nante’s attractions, some of which we’ve already seen but some, like “Les Machines” across the Loire where last year’s tournament was held, were new.

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The giant elephant wasn’t out for a walk as we passed by, sadly, but it was an interesting little journey, well worth a try if your knee objects to the green line option.

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Final thought : how on earth do the French park so close together ???

As ever, all the photos and more in the Day Six Gallery

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