Historic Nantes

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View Of Nantes

View Of Nantes

Nantes was pretty lucky during World War II: unlike a lot of French cities, it wasn’t totally destroyed by bombings. The city still has a rich heritage, dating right back to the Gallo-Roman period.

The medieval area is the Bouffay, with the Castle of the Duchy of Brittany and the many old buildings surrounding it. The 18th Century was the golden era for the city (slave trade…), and a lot was built during this time, notably Place Royale and Place Graslin. Later in history, Nantes was also an industrial city in the era of the first naval shipyards: the LU Tower is a reminder of that time.

Château Des Ducs De Bretagne

Château Des Ducs De Bretagne

Château Des Ducs De Bretagne

Château Des Ducs De Bretagne

Cathédrale De Nantes

Cathédrale De Nantes

Basilique Saint-Nicolas

Basilique Saint-Nicolas

From Inside The Castle

From Inside The Castle

Passage Pommeraye

Passage Pommeraye

Inside The Castle

Inside The Castle

LU Tower (Former Cookies Factory)

LU Tower (Former Cookies Factory)

Along The Erdre

Along The Erdre

Along The Loire

Along The Loire

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16 Comments

  1. Great picture (as usual). Places like the Passage Pommeraye serve the same purpose as a shopping mall. Lots of little shops all lined up for your inspection. I have not been to Nantes but have been in other places in Europe where shops are strung along a narrow passage. The one that comes to mind is in Brighton, UK behind the beach front hotels. It is possible to spend a lot of time just looking without actually spending any money. Well, easier for me than for my wife. But you could find anything if you knew the right shop. How old is the medieval part and what does it date back to? Nothing in Oklahoma goes back farther than about the 1840’s, and very little of that.

  2. What a beautiful city with great architecture and so much history involved. I learned something new from your story too – thanks for sharing!

    Btw: Any chance we will see you in Norway? 🙂

    Happy Easter!

  3. Oh là là Nantes, ville pleine de romantisme malgré son bourgeousité hahahaha Mi french still sucks but the main idea is that I love your pics and content of this mini saga on Nantes. Keep being great!

  4. Spectacular. No other word for it. I’ve got to add it to my list of places in France to check out the next time I’m there

  5. it looks like a beautiful and clean city, with much care in small details. i love the chateau des ducks, with the moat and the walkway/grass around it. it looks like the perfect place to have a picnic.

  6. @Bill Miller – Nantes is old, quite old. I will have to do researches but I know it goes as far back as the 15th century.

    @Agnes – It’s a nice city to visit, that’s right!

    @Bluefish – Well, it’s a different kind of pretty. But because I grew up there, I found Ottawa fascinating by comparison when I came to North America.

    @RennyBA – Sorry, no Norway for us right now… we just came to visit my family in France! But I’d love to come to visit Europe more some day.

    @bumanguesa – Merci beaucoup! 🙂

    @renaye – France is easy for me because I have free accommodation 🙂

    @Sidney – It is worth a stop!

    @khengsiong – Not as popular as Paris, but it is a gateway for Brittany and even Normandy. And it’s only 2 hours by train from Paris.

    @Gary – I need to ask the local tourism board to pay me! 😆

    @Tanya – Too bad it closed… I used to visit the factory every year when I was a kid, school would take us there.

    @Seraphine – It’s pretty clean and nice to live in. Just a bit small to live all your life there in my opinion.

    @Gail at Large – Not even! It’s a bar and a Spa now. I liked the cookies best…!

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