The streets of Nantes!

So  ,after writing so much on the monuments of the city of Nantes, need to tell you a bit about its streets all a natural architecture delight for the eyes. This is my departure city with an airport out west and friends there and so much to see , several posts in my blog.

Nantes is in the department Loire-Atlantique No 44, and the region of Pays de la Loire , its a wonderful airy and open city. The air here is that they like to belongs to Bretagne region and not Pays de la Loire, a debate is ongoing. The Breton language is taught in schools since 2007.

There is an airport Nantes-Atlantique of growing use of passengers, and my base airport. The webpage is at


I have taken the local train here TER Pays de la Loire as well as Bretagne especially to come to the airport with an express bus service. The schedules for the region TER is at   TER Pays de la Loire Nantes . The train station in Nantes is at Blvd Stalingrad,very close to the castle. From Nantes you can take the TER to Rennes and then connect with the TGV to Paris Montparnasse in about 2h25. And if going further into Paris to Denfert-Rochereau take the train to Massy TGV, and there take the RER B direction CDG airport and descend at Denfert-Rochereau in 3h or continue to the airport CDG Roissy in 3h24 total trip.  Of course, you can do the same in the opposite direction.


The navette bus or airport shuttle runs from the train station in Nantes to the airport Nantes-Atlantique and vice versa almost every 20 minutes I take it regularly and is very punctual and nice ride; more here: Airport shuttle bus Nantes


In Nantes have taken a couple times the tramway and bus just for the gôut or taste of it because I walk if not drive into it on pleasure trip. The above train/shuttle bus is when going on business trips.  Use bus 54 or tramway 1 for a nice ride on major points of interests. The local network is TAN, more info go here to itinéraires :  Nantes bus tram network TAN

Driving you know me by now its heavens for the road warrior ,and Nantes is great if at rush hours of work time can be hectic with traffic jams. It has a boulevard periphérique or beltway just like Paris or Bordeaux, but its the second biggest with 43 kms only behind Bordeaux. This is due to the estatuaries of the river Loire which has a huge port and the traffic had to be directed around it. It has given two numbers to this road in the north it is the A844 and on the south portion is the N844, you take autoroute A811 that connects with the bigger autoroute A11 at exit/sortie 22 with the exit/sortie 42 of the linking road A811. It really is lot easier than explained as I always drive around. Plenty of parkings under and over ground, my is by the castle of the dukes of Bretagne or Gasclin or the train station. My best rides into the region of Pays de la Loire is to connect with the boulevard periphérique into the countryside, quick and easy. This Fandom is in French but gives you a good map and exit/portes information: Beltway around Nantes information

I leave the history and monuments to my other posts , which can be found by doing search Nantes on the right hand column in my blog front page.

Nantes is very nice around the Loire river and main sights streets which has an abundance of beautiful architecture on many buildings and a pleasant walk me think. Streets such as the quai de la Fosse, cours Saint Pierre, and Saint André including the Castle, Cathedral area , and the district of Bouffay, the island Ile Feydeau, and the district Graslin. The district of Bouffay is the old quarters around the Cathedral that includes a wonderful Théatre around the Place Graslin; the Place Royale where the fountain represent the Loire river, the palais de la Bourse where it is now the tourist office, at the place St Pierre you will find the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul,  You cannot miss the Passage Pommeraye a commercial gallery of exquisite architecture inside.

The cours Cambronne is wonderful with about 180 meters long by 50 meters wide and many mansions. as is the cours des 50 Otages, with about 800 meters long and 65 meters wide, where you can see the wonderful Hôtel de la Pelouse and the the tour de haut pas ,what’s left of the gate or Porte Sauvetout. And do walk across the Pont Anne de Bretagne a bridge with two piers spanning the arm of the Madeleine, and arm of the Loire separating the city center of Nantes from the island of Nantes. The Anne-de-Bretagne bridge has 4 lanes entirely dedicated to vehicles as well as two bike paths and two sidewalks. There is talk of redoing it with an esplanade.


On the wonderful Rue Voltaire started in 1777 , you have the wonderful History and Debrée museums. A bit more off the beaten path comes to see Haussmannien architecture at Place du Général Millinet located in the neighborhood Dervallières – Zola. It is since 1894 name in honor of General Émile Mellinet, a Nantes officer who distinguished himself notably during the conquest of Algeria. It was built on the site of the castle of Launay-Godetière and its park, which received the Siam’s Ambassadors in 1686. The Count of Artois ;future King Charles X welcomed the Emperor of Austria Joseph II in 1777.

The  rue de la Barillerie around the market ,pedestrian street in the district of Bouffay. The street connects the allées Jean-Bart and Penthièvre to the Place du Change. It is joined by the rue Haute-Casserie and by the rue de la Bléterie. It is rectilinear, paved, and is part of the pedestrian area of Bouffay. It is name Barillerie because coopers have established their activity there. The Rue de la Barillerie resumes the layout of the Gallo-Roman roadway of Antiquity . See the reliefs of the Enfants Nantais at the corner with rue de la Paix.


The rue de Verdun, almost rectilinear, it connects the place de Pilori to the Place St. Pierre and is about  210 meters long, it crosses the rue de Strasbourg half way. See the half-timbered house at No 15.  The rue St Denis is a paved road, open to vehicular traffic. Rectilinear, it connects rue de Verdun to Place Dumoustier, a little west of the cathedral. It crosses rue du Général-Leclerc-de-Hauteclocque. The street is cut in two after the opening of the rue de Châteaudun, renamed rue du General-Leclerc-de-Hauteclocque, around 1870.The church Saint-Denis is probably built in the 7C, and rebuilt in the 18C. It was a 20-by-18-meter on the No. 9 of the current street. The church was sold as national property during the French revolution, and converted into a dwelling and business house. The inner courtyard retains certain elements of the church such as the bedside leaning on three columns, a staircase leaning on another column, and the cellars that are ancient crypts.



Hope you enjoy the walks it is a large territory but we are used to walking here, you might need to adjust your timing. Nevertheless, it is wonderful to walk Nantes, city of Dukes of Bretagne today in another region but historically and sentimentally still in Bretagne. Walking is great!!! Nantes too!!!

The tourist office of Nantes in English: Tourist office of Nantes in English

Tourist office of Loire Atlantique dept 44 on Nantes in English: Tourist office of dept 44 Loire Atlantique on Nantes

Pays de la Loire on Nantes in English: Tourist office region Pays de la Loire on Nantes

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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