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Tour de Bretagne, 32nd Floor

Feng left today. It was planned, of course—this year, he’s coming back to Canada earlier, Mark and I will fly back at the end of the month.

At 10 a.m., I walked him to the bus station. He was in travel mode, focused on the upcoming journey back to Canada, and I was half-asleep—we didn’t speak much.

“Take it easy.”

“Take care.”

And just like that, he was gone.

I’m okay with it, though. I’ll miss him but I’m comfortable with Mark in France, and after all I was the one travelling alone last winter.

On his last evening, we took the elevator to the 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne. This is “le nid” (the nest), a bar and modern art installation, but mostly an observation deck offering a great 360⁰ view of Nantes.

Nantes is a bit obsessed with nests. This summer, as part of the “Voyage à Nantes” yearly art festival, artist Tadashi Kawamata built several giant wooden nests on top of buildings in Nantes, including one on the train station and a viewpoint in Chantenay. The “nid” on top of the Tour de Bretagne is from another artist, Jean Jullien and we usually don’t stop for the strange swan/heron in the bar but for the view.

Going on top of the Tour de Bretagne is a tradition—the observation deck opened in 2012, when I was pregnant with Mark, and we’ve been there every year ever since.

It was windy and chilly up there but it was a fun evening activity before Feng started to pack.

Belvédère de l'Hermitage, Chantenay, Nantes
Belvédère de l’Hermitage, Chantenay, Nantes
Belvédère de l'Hermitage, Chantenay, Nantes
Belvédère de l’Hermitage, Chantenay, Nantes
Belvédère de l'Hermitage, Chantenay, Nantes
Belvédère de l’Hermitage, Chantenay, Nantes
Chilly night close to the Tour de Bretagne, Nantes
Chilly night close to the Tour de Bretagne, Nantes
Chilly night close to the Tour de Bretagne, Nantes
Queuing at the Tour de Bretagne, Nantes
One-euro ticket to take the elevator to the 32nd floor, Tour de Bretagne
One-euro ticket to take the elevator to the 32nd floor, Tour de Bretagne
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
"Le Nid", 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area
“Le Nid”, 32nd floor of the Tour de Bretagne”, 360° views of the Greater Nantes area

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