We often go out again at night for yet another walk this year, and we’re not the only ones wandering around way past bedtime. It was very hot over the past few weeks and since French apartments don’t come with air con, it felt less stuffy outside. I also suspect most of us still suffer from COVID-19 side effects, mostly a mild case of cabin fever and the omnipresent fear of a second wave and another lockdown—may as well enjoy summer and freedom while we can.
The Bouffay district is always packed with restaurants, bars and customers spilling onto the narrow cobblestone-paved streets. We tend to avoid what we call the “clusters” and “COVID parties” but it’s still a lively area to walk through.
The Île de Nantes is also popular at nighttime and it’s more relaxing with esplanades and large walkways. It’s also more picturesque because that’s where you’ll find the Elephant sleeping, the Rings, old warehouses, trendy bars and spectacular views over the Loire River.
The river and night sky never look the same. Yesterday night, for instance, it was perfectly still and the water offered stunning reflections. This is rare in Nantes—it’s close to the coast and it’s always windy.
We enjoyed the moment and rushed home when we heard thunder.