More People of Nantes

7
SPONSORED LINKS END OF SPONSORED LINKS

After a month living at the heure française in my hometown of Nantes, we are getting ready to go back to Canada. And as usual, I can’t help wondering if I would be able to “fit in” again in France as a resident. We were short-term travelers there but I did spend 18 years of my life in France after all, and Mark and I have dual citizenship, French and Canadian.

Some aspects of life in France are lovely (the usual clichés—food, cities designed for pedestrians, history and culture, etc.), others get on my nerve. Deep down I know that it’s best for us to see France as a “holiday destination” and a place to explore rather than a place to live in. There are many reasons why I chose to leave my country and ended up adopting Canada and I certainly don’t regret the move. From a practical point of view, Canada is a better place for the three of us.

And after all, why should we have to choose? We belong here and there too, we are citizens of the world!

Here are the latest snapshots of the People of Nantes series.

You can see the complete set of pictures of France here.

Waiting for the FNAC to Open

Waiting for the FNAC to Open

Under the Rain

Under the Rain

Daredevil

Daredevil

The Newsagent

The Newsagent

Going tothe Marketing

Going to the Marketing

Unoading the Van

Unloading the Van

In the Tramway

In the Tramway

Man at Work

Man at Work

Browsing

Browsing

Waiting

Waiting

Shadows of Nantes

Shadows of Nantes

Down the Street

Down the Street

Going Somewhere

Going Somewhere

Waiting

Waiting

Waiting for the TRamway

Waiting for the TRamway

Deivery Daredevil

Deivery Daredevil

Reading

Reading

Share.

About Author

French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

7 Comments

  1. Salut Zhu,
    Coming back to one’s roots is always fulfilling. It lasts a moment, we stir up our memories and have good times and then we return.
    A complex and beautiful mechanism that all “transplants” know well.
    I enjoyed your photos during this trip. Have a smooth return trip to Ottawa!

  2. Wow – the people of Nantes seem to be a little more romantic than any of the other pics you have taken so far! I love the one of the man reading on the steps!

  3. I guess I have the same feeling. Often I miss homeland and I was so happy this year when I went back to see my families, went back to my grand-parent’s place and walked on the beaches I spent all my summers at when I was younger.
    But I know I just couldn’t live in France anymore. Actually, I coudn’t even technically live there since entrepreneurship / freelancing is just so coslty, almost “punished” in France (Did you see what they did to the “auto-entrepreneur” status?).
    Their is a ton of great things in France, but Canada (or Ottawa?) matches better my way of life I guess. Including being in a mix-couple.See what I mean? 😉

    • I know exactly what you mean! Coming “home” is comfortable the first week… and then you realize that nothing changed and there were reasons why you left in the first place!

  4. Pingback: Helping Tourists (Or Not) | Correr Es Mi Destino

Leave A Reply