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Another Way to Cross the Loire River

I spend my time crossing bridges in Nantes.

Across the Loire River, for a start. Passerelle Victor-Schoelcher or the Pont Anne de Bretagne to go to the Île de Nantes, Pont de la Rotonde and Pont Aristide-Briand when I go shop at Carrefour in Beaulieu.

We also cross the Erdre when we walk along the river, usually at Pont de la Tortière or Pont Général de la Motte Rouge.

“Mommy! This bridge name is ‘pont’!”

“… ‘Pont’ is ‘bridge’ in French, Mark.”

But the most scenic way to cross the Loire River is by boat, on the Navibus. The water boat operates as part of the Tan urban transit network that also includes buses and trams so the ride is cheap and convenient.

The Navibus Loire leaves from the Gare Maritime, on the north bank close to the city centre and Tramway de Nantes line 1, to the fishing village of Trentemoult on the south bank of the river.

Trentemoult is cute and very much hippie chic. Even though you can see Nantes’ industrial past and present from the bank of the town, it doesn’t feel like you’re in the city.

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nantes (courthouse), Nantes
Le Maillé-Brézé (Decommissioned navy destroyer), Quai de la Fosse, Nantes
Île de Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Quai de la Fosse from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
On the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Downtown Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
On the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Île de Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Quai Marquis d’Aiguillon from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
On the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Île de Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Chantenay from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Île de Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Chantenay from the Navibus crossing the Loire River
Arriving in Trentemoult, Rezé
Trentemoult, Rezé
Nantes from Trentemoult, Rezé
Le Pendule, Roman Signer
Le Pendule, Roman Signer
Nantes from Trentemoult, Rezé
Trentemoult, Rezé
Trentemoult, Rezé
Trentemoult, Rezé

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