Nantes; city of Jules Verne
We love visiting Nantes. It is about tree quarters of an hour from our home. We have documention to guide you through the old town.
We always start with a cup of coffee in la Cigale, a bar restaurant built in 1895 and still entirely in its original Art Nouveau decoration. It is since 1964 a Monument historique. At a short distance you find the shopping mall La Pommeraye dating from the same periode.
There are various churches and museums worth a visit. We find the Saint Pierre cathedral very impressive as well as the castle (15th century). This castle has been renovated for 5 years. You can visit the square inside the wall and the outside of the buildings for free.
For those who love to shop there is amongst others a Galerie Lafayette in the city centre and loads of nice shopping streets. In addition there are on the outskirts of Nantes serveral very large shopping centers. Atlantis is our favorite. You find in Atlantis a huge supermarket as wel as an IKEA to give an idea of the size of the mall.
At walking distance of the centre, on the other side of the Loire river you find “Machines de l’ile de Nantes”. In a former shipyard machines are made and exhibeted in the style of the Jules Verne, who originated from Nantes. There is amongst others a mechanical elephant (12 meters high and 8 meters wide) who walks a 3 km/hour with space for about 50 passangers. An unusual site.
Nantes is definitely worhtwhile a visit.