Apocalyptic Sky Over Nantes, the Loire River and Trentemoult

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August 15 (Assumption of Mary into Heaven) is a statutory holiday in France and in Nantes, over the long weekend, there were a lot of people wandering aimlessly, looking for entertainment. Traditionally, the last summer holiday is best spent at the beach, with friends and relatives. However, the weather was chilly, windy and rainy and those who weren’t already shivering in a tent chose to stay in town.

Nantes is usually empty on August 15, or so I’ve been told because except for this year, we are at the seaside like everyone else.

“It’s probably worst on the Atlantic coast,” people were saying, eyeing the stormy sky.

“Oh, definitely. Where do you want to go?”

“I don’t know, where do you want to go?”

Most stores are closed on August 15 or even for the entire week, i.e. until the unofficial end of summer holidays on August 19. Even the “Voyage à Nantes” street art festival wasn’t enough to keep tourists busy. The Château des Ducs de Bretagne was mobbed and so was the Jardin des Plantes, two free attractions good enough for a chilly day.

“Do I need a raincoat or not?”

“I… I have no idea. When it’s sunny, it’s hot. But when it’s windy, it’s cold. And it could start pouring any minute.”

My mom, Mark and I decided to walk along the Quai de la Fosse and take the shuttle boat to Trentemoult, a quaint former fishing village turned into hipster paradise when real estate prices boomed around Nantes. It’s usually an easy and picturesque trip—a ten-minute boat ride for the price of a bus ticket, then a long walk by the Loire River before taking any of the many bridges to go back to the city centre.

The secret is out and the boat trip is becoming more and more popular. A few years ago, it was just a way for local residents who don’t own a car to cross the river quickly. Last it, I noticed the boat was almost always full, mostly with tourists. This year, we had to queue for twenty minutes to get on. “I bet eventually we will have to book the trip online,” I joked.

Meanwhile, the sky was getting darker and darker. By the time the boat finally arrived on the other side of the Loire River after a windy and bumpy ride, the sky was pitch dark and cloud patterns seemed to say “find shelter, idiot!”

I checked my phone.

“Huh. Only a 9% chance of rain.”

Other tourists chose to trust their instinct rather than the Weather Network app so we were alone in the picturesque streets of Trentemoult. It was a relaxing walk—and it didn’t rain!

We weren’t so lucky on Saturday—it poured all day. Both my mom and I hate shopping malls but considering the weather and the fact we both had to run errands, we decided to take the tramway all the way to Atlantis, a giant shopping mall in Saint-Herblain, on the West End. Worst idea either—Saturday plus rainy day plus long weekend equals large, noisy crowds and a freaky shopping experience for anyone who isn’t that much into shopping in the first place.

Now if the sun and seasonable weather could come back for a few days…

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

TAN shuttle boat to Trentemoult, Ponton Belem, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

TAN shuttle boat to Trentemoult, Gare Maritime, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Gare Maritime, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

Gare Maritime, Quai de la Fosse, Nantes

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

In the shuttle boat, crossing the Loire River to Trentemoult

Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult

Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult

Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult

Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult

Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult

Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult

Le Pendule, Trentemoult

Le Pendule, Trentemoult

Trentemoult and the Loire River

Trentemoult and the Loire River

Trentemoult and the Loire River

Trentemoult and the Loire River

Trentemoult and the Loire River

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Port de Trentemoult

Port de Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Pont des Trois Continents

Pont des Trois Continents

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8 Comments

  1. Martin Penwald on

    Je suis à Phoenix pour la journée. Avec une alerte canicule.
    En France ou au Québec, une alerte canicule est lancée si la température ne descend pas en-dessous de 20° pendant 3 jours. Ce qu’à Phoenix, on s’appelle du temps frais.

    Rhaaaaaa, je fonds.

      • Martin Penwald on

        Oui, on est à 42-43 pour le moment. Tant que je roule, la clim fonctionne, mais à l’arrêt, l’air extérieur ne circule pas assez à travers le radiateur pour rafraîchir le système. Et la température ne descend pas en-dessous de 29° la nuit. Difficile de rafraîchir la cabine pour la nuit.
        Mais je vais à l’hôtel dans ces cas-là. Et on est pas au plus chaud, il est prévu 46 pour jeudi, et la température ne descendra pas en-dessous de 29° jusqu’au moins dimanche. Enfin, je ne serai plus là à ce moment.

        C’est vrai que c’est moins désagréable que même 35° avec de l’humidité, mais ça reste très dur de bosser dehors.

        • Je peux imaginer! J’adore la chaleur, entre 30C et 40C, mais le soir et pour dormir, même moi je trouve ça trop et je suis tentée de mettre la clim si je peux.

  2. If I remember well, here we still had good weather on the 15th and the following weekend, and the rain started on Monday, the day kids went back to school. It was perfect this way ! Plus, we had beautiful weather again last weekend 😉

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