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Nantes, 5 reasons to travel there now!

Eclectic, colorful, cultured and refined. Nantes.

Yes, you read that right. Nantes is a metropolis that does not give up its place. Rather shy on the international travel scene, I hadn’t heard much about it, but once the cover of this well-kept “secret” is removed, I can only recommend that you go.

I discovered Nantes in September during the event #FranceFestive, which put in competition eight Canadian bloggers within the framework of the festivals of the gastronomy of France. Already knowing Pau and Mulhouse, I hoped that Nantes or Bordeaux would be my host, but a fan of Petit Beurre and a friend of several French people from around, I had a real bias for Nantes.

I was not disappointed and here is why you absolutely must (re) see Nantes soon:

Exploded art installations

There is one of these energies in Nantes, as it is not possible! There are so many cultural and artistic installations per square meter there that I just didn’t have time to see the tip of the iceberg. Everywhere, there is art, it is one of the priorities of the administration to promote Nantes. Street art, statues, installations, exploded and original works on every street corner, not to mention museums.

Measuring tapes - Street art - Nantes, France Jennifer on Nantes Island - Nantes, France Artistic installation - Nantes, France

Completely unique places

Small play on words with the famous Unique place (the old LU biscuit factory, you know the LU biscuits we all love?) which is one of the model places of this atmosphere Nantes, of this revival that has taken hold of the surroundings.

Honestly, I didn’t expect that much from my trip to France. I’m more used to the old Alsatian towns or the classic streets of Paris, so the unique and dynamic places of Nantes had not finished surprising me. They have also succeeded in rekindling in me the desire to see even more of the country.

The tourist attraction that best represents Nantes internationally (but not the only one) is undoubtedly The Machines of the Island, a madness of the creators which led to a vast innovative project about which one speaks around the world. Embark on the giant elephant and take a tour of the site or dive into the heart of the marine worlds à la Jules Verne. Why not both, while you’re at it? There is something magical, childish and endearing about this completely destabilizing, absolutely unique place!

View of Le Nid from the Tour de Bretagne - Nantes, FranceMarine Creatures - Island Machines - Nantes, France Le Nid - Nantes, France View over Nantes from the giant tree - Nantes, France Carousel of the marine worlds - Machines of the island - Nantes, France

Modern and contrasting streets

Yes, yes, it is quite normal to find a giant water mirror just in front of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne or unicorns hanging above the doors of century-old buildings. That’s it, Nantes! An eclectic mix of history and modernism that creates a most charming picture in which I have enjoyed wandering for hours.

Mirror and reflecting pool - Nantes, France Park - Nantes, France Park - Nantes, France Park - Nantes, France City streets - Nantes, France

Endearing initiatives

I found the people really endearing in Nantes. Whether it was the people I met in the street or in the shops or the people who showed me around their companies, I would have brought some back in my luggage because they were so nice. I am thinking in particular of Charlotte Goin of Charlotte beers, who opened his doors to me to discuss the profession of female brewer, or to Franck Deperiers, the master of The Little Bakery, who took his time to show me how to make a delicious Nantes cake. We should especially not forget Olivier Durand, this more than passionate market gardener who introduced me to the local market and his own culture respectful of the product. I can’t name them all …

Colorful vegetables - Nantes, France Charlotte in her microbrewery - Nantes, France Selection of Charlotte beers - Nantes, France Field to harvest - Nantes, France Pastries - La Petite Boulangerie - Nantes, FranceFranck Dépériers - La Petite Boulangerie, Nantes, France

Bites you can’t forget

Ha! Didn’t you think that I was going to omit gastronomy, especially in a country like France? I came back with a few extra pounds on my belt from my very short trip to France, true to my gourmet habits.

Impossible to name all the appetizers tasted, but Nantes is truly overflowing with succulent delicacies. I still remember the sweetness of the cold meats and the wine Wine Comedy or the Breton pancakes from Les Oubliettes that I had the opportunity to make by myself in the courtyard of the Château, the gourmet dinner at the restaurant The cicada so beautiful for the eyes or the bowls of cider and the pancakes of Have-Ken, must-see addresses. Ah, and all the beautiful fresh produce from the market!

Butcher - Nantes, France Pastries - La Petite Boulangerie - Nantes, France The Wine Comedy - Nantes, France Breton Galette - Nantes, France Interior and ceiling of La Cigale - Nantes, France Front of the restaurant La Cigale - Nantes, France Original desserts - Nantes, France

Nantes has a je ne sais quoi that I haven’t found anywhere else despite 40 countries visited. It is a colorful, enthusiastic French city, in constant renewal and managed by passionate people who dare to get out of the classic administrative shackles and it shows. Even though I have been invited to discover it, I tell you sincerely and without any obligation that you must set foot there. It is worth the trip, even if it is only for a few days.

If you haven’t already, this video should convince you to add Nantes to your bucket list:

“Everyone” (FR version) from traveling to Vimeo

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* Invited as part of the #FranceFestive campaign, the opinions shared are entirely mine and have not been affected in any way. If it wasn’t cool, I wouldn’t talk about it, even if it’s an invitation!

In regards to Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas is behind the travel blog Moi, mes shoes, but she is also a content marketing consultant, presents travel conferences, does freelance writing and is the author of a dozen Lonely Planet guides and Ulysses. When she is not exploring the planet on the lookout for new experiences, she travels to Quebec, to the four corners of her native province of Canada, to discover the land and the best places to sleep, eat and visit, from the Magdalen Islands to the Côte-Nord via Montreal, the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Montérégie where she lives, to name a few! She loves to make those who don’t dare yet want to leave! Its philosophy or slogan: save where possible, spend where it matters most, regardless of your travel budget. In short, travel better, for less, more often or for a long time! Jennifer loves hostels as much as the occasional luxury, but the most important thing for her is getting the best value for her money while meeting great people! Obsessed with Ziploc bags and her SteriPen, she wholeheartedly hates umbrellas. The objects from which she cannot separate? His travel journal and his camera. His economical hobby: markets and grocery stores. She is also the founder of the community of 6 to 8 travel, of Voyage numériQC, specializing in content and networking between influencers and tourism companies and Chasing Poutine, an English travel blog about vacations in Quebec.

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