Out and about in Nantes #2: the Castle and Cathedral
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.
Entry is free and you could spend hours wandering around the ramparts and checking out the various displays and features.
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).
It has an unimpressive entrance (the pink door) but inside it’s something to behold (and it’s free, like the castle).
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
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.
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.
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 :-((
But if you’re after a bit of culture, you know where to go ! (this one’s €8)
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.
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.
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.
Final thought : how on earth do the French park so close together ???