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October 26, 2019

The airport at Nantes!!!

Ok so even if mentioned it in previous post never done a single post on it,and I have used it so many times over the years ! It’s about time I write a post on it. Talking about my simple title ,the airport of Nantes my getaway to the world nowdays! And a very nice city, region too..

Lets get it out and tell you a bit about it ok. Hope you can use it , plenty of others do too.

The Aéroport Nantes-Atlantique , (IATA code: NTE), is an international airport located on the territory of the towns of Bouguenais and Saint-Aignan-Grandlieu south-west of Nantes.  This is in dept 44 Loire Atlantique and region of Pays de la Loire. It is the second most important airport in the West of France, after that of Bordeaux, and the 9th of France (7th of province) in number of passengers as of 2018. On October 5, 2018, a decree classifies the airport in category A, intended to receive long-haul flights.


A bit of history I like

In 1928, an aviation camp was created for essentially military use, on a 50-hectare site on the banks of the road N23 from Nantes to Paimbœuf  (now RD 723), near Château de Bougon. Built in 1932, it welcomed in 1934-1935 a factory Breguet establishments, with a connection to the airfield. In 1939, the grass track was replaced by a 900 m × 40 m concrete track. During the occupation, the Nazis made it a real camp with barracks, blockhouses, and concrete casemates, etc. From there the Luftwaffe bombers headed for England. At the end of the war, the French Air Force regains possession of the land, which the Nazis had  destroyed the infrastructure at the time of their retirement.

The Terminals of Nantes airport which I have used them all by now !!!

The airport has a terminal consisting of three main parts called Hall 1, 2, 3. A fourth part, Hall 4, was added with a lighter architecture, initially dedicated to the regional subsidiary of Air France, before welcoming more generally the regional flights with small modules as well as a part of the flights for Volotea. Since 2015, this fourth terminal is connected to the other three for its police post-checks section, and sees a barnum grafted to install Border Police counters to manage the influx of passengers during peak traffic, especially in Summer with flights outside the Schengen area. Finally, in 2017- 2018, it undergoes interior refits to increase passenger processing capacity and modernize. Hall 3 has also been refurbished, with tour operators’ counters giving way to automated check-in counters mainly used by EasyJet and Volotea. The spaces dedicated to tour operators have been moved to a barnum in front of the main terminal, where since 2018 a new layout has also been created including a platform for buses connecting the airport to downtown Nantes and a room for flight crews of  Volotea.

The most popular domestic destinations are Lyon, followed by Paris, then Marseille, Toulouse, Nice and Montpellier. Internationally, Geneva, London and Madrid are very popular. The airlines present are Aegean , Aer Lingus, Air Corsica, Air France, Air Nostrum, Air Transat, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Chalair Aviation, EasyJet, Flybe, HOP Air France, Iberia Airlines, Iberia Express,Jetairfly, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, NouvelAir,Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, TAP Portugal, Tassili Airlines,Transvia,Tunisair, Volotea, and Vueling.

For the lost and found:  Items found in, or in the immediate vicinity of, the terminal are handed in at the Reception-Information counter in Hall 1. You can contact the staff by calling 0 892 568 800. Listen to the recorded announcement twice in order to talk directly to an agent.  If you forget something onboard the airplane, contract the baggage inquiry department of your airline. VAT refund (sales tax): For more information on the VAT refunds procedure in France and the instructions for use of the Pablo terminal, go to:

Restaurants available in the terminals are: Brioche Dorée, Le Grand Comptoir ,Bar 1.44, Alto Café, Café News , and La Terrasse. There is a Duty Free shop Aelia Duty Free located at Hall 3 Departures first floor. And Découvrir le Grand Ouest, at Hall 2 public areas. There is ,also, a Relay store at Hall 2, on the ground floor in the public area and on the first floor of Hall 3 in the boarding area. Foreign exchange outlets are International Currency Exchange (ICEF) , and CIC at Hall 2, and  outside Hall 3, open 7/24. You can temporarily leave your valuables at the Reception – Information counter in Hall 1.  The conditions and prices are as of today for items that can be kept in an envelope measuring no more than 28 cm x 36 cm. The service costs 10€  per envelope. For larger items, with maximum dimensions of 22cm x 31cm x 26cm. The service costs 15€. Hotels nearby are Hotel Oceania ****, Hotel Escale Oceania ***, and Hotel B&B ** ; I have used them all!


The official airport webpage in English is here :

Public transport information

The most practical here is the Express Aeroport bus connecting the airport with the train station Sud or South terminal at Nantes. The ride is very nice, every 20 minutes or so and leaves you at both in just across the entrances. I have used it extensively these last several years. The cost today is 9€ one way. You go outside cross the arrival road across Hall 2, clearly mark. Official TAN (bus/tramway network of Nantes) schedule and prices for the bus is here in French:


Also, official airport bus in pdf file schedules and info to Aug2020 here:



The airport of Nantes is served by a shuttle bus from the TAN (Nantes bus network) from the tram station Commerce through Nantes railway station. The TAN line 98 bus line also connects the airport to the Pirmil south multimodal interchange pole Loire, however the airport stop is located on the D823, 400 m walk from the main terminal. Also, serve by the Line 48 from the terminus of the Neustrie tramway line 3.  On April 24, 2019, the Minister of Transport announces the project of the installation of an autonomous shuttle between the Neustrie tramway terminus and the airport, using a 2.5 km private road lane on which three or four of these vehicles will go thru.


If private taxi service is needed,  it is available from the train station Sud or South S.N.C.F at Quai de Lourmel (on both sides the central island, the head of station being near the station). You can also directly contact the companies of taxis: Taxi Nantes; Phone: +33 (0)2 40 69 22 22, and Hep! Taxis, Phone : +33 (0) 2 40 85 40 85 or bus /tramway ,the ticket is 1,70€ or the carnet of 10 for 15,60€.  here is the interactive map with itineraries in French:

There are park and relay station to use your car and public transport in city center such as P+R has  250 spaces in 3 zones near the line 4  Busway. And another 230 spaces in the parking of the  Place du Marché at Vertou in connection with the lines 28 and 42 to join the line 4 of  Busway. All the buses and tramway has connection to the train station of Nantes

Coming by car as I have done most of the time, there is a pre booking parking space at reduce prices here:

Rental cars , Avis, Budget, Hertz have used all good.  Then Europcar, Entreprise, and Sixt as well. From the airport taxi service located at outside Hall 1 terminal are : Allo Taxis on +33 (0)2 40 69 22 22 or Hep Taxis on +33 (0)2 40 85 40 85. Price of a trip between the airport and the city center: €30 to €35 ,for reference only as never use it.


The automobile parkings are the P Minute (only for quick drop offs), P0 and P1 for long periods, P2 and P3 closer to terminal, and P4 covered parking with direct access to terminals (I use this one always).


Brief direction assuming you are coming from visiting the city of Nantes to the airport. From the Cathedrale St Pierre et St Paul get on rue de Strasbourg, turn right here. Continue towards the gare or train station on the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Cours Commandant d’Estienne d’Orves ,here continue and stay on Boulevard Jean Philippot. Continue at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Rue Gaston Veil. Cross the bridge over the Loire river, and continue on rue Louis Blanc, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Place de la République. Continue onto Boulevard Victor Hugo. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Boulevard Gustave Roch heading to Nantes/Centre Ville. Continue and at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Pont des 3 Continents. Continue onto Boulevard Victor Schoelcher. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Boulevard du Général de Gaulle heading to Noirmoutier/Rezé/Bouguenais/Aéroport Nantes Atlantique. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Route de Pornic/D723. Continue this road until  the exit toward Bordeaux/Poitiers/Aéroport Nantes-Atlantique. Get on the péripherique or beltway road N844 and here take exit 51-Porte de Grand Lieu toward Porte de Grand Lieu/Saint-Aignan de Grand-Lieu/Aéroport Nantes-Atlantique, follow signs for airport or Aéroport Nantes-Atlantique. Easy, of course with a GPS a piece of cake ::)

The official tourist office of Nantes in English here:

The official city of Nantes with links to the above and more in English: City of Nantes in English

And there you  go, another easy way in and out of my belle France. I like the fact that the airport of Nantes-Atlantique is still small enough to walk thru it and big enough to allow easy flights in and out in addition to great train, plane, connections. Hope you enjoy the post and do not hesitate on taking it, its great!

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

October 26, 2019

The Main Market square of Trier!

Ok so now will swing you back to my Europe and go visit some interesting places. One of our favorite over the years is going to Trier in Germany. It is considered the oldest city there, and it is wonderful. I have several posts on it in my blog but would like to tell you a bit more on the main market square or Hauptmarkt. The comments are new the photos are older from various years.

The Hauptmarkt or Main Market Square is the center of  Trier and has been in this place since the 10C when Archbishop Heinrich I moved the Market Cross from the river to its present site, in 958!. The original of the cross is in the Municipal Museum; the column shaft is a recycled granite column from the Roman Cathedral. The main market square was the Medieval center for trade. Today it is still the main focal point of the city with its beautiful facades which have been lovingly restored, its shops and many cafès. The main urban shopping streets meet here in the square.

In December the Christmas market is also held here and in the square outside the Cathedral. Standing in the market square and looking around one can take in so many wonderful sights, like the market fountain, Petrus-Brunnen, from 1595, shows St Peter who is the patron saint of the city, and the Cathedral, he is surrounded by the four cardinal virtues of Justice, Temperence, Prudence and Fortitude, as female figures around the central pillar of the fountain and as a contrast to them, small monkeys (Vices). In between the virtue figures are cherubs and animals such as geese, lions, dolphins and eagles. There is also a coat of arms and various decorative elements. In 1982-83 the fountain was extensively renovated, and in 2004 it received a new paint job. Every year at the beginning of the Old Town Festival the figure of St. Peter is presented with a bunch of flowers to ensure good weather for the holidays.



Just off the Hauptmarkt is the market Church of St Gangolf which is, after the Cathedral, the oldest church in Trier. The first church was built in 958 but was later replaced by a new building in 1284-1344. The present day late- Gothic church has emerged from a renovation started in 1500. Baroque elements were added in 1731 and 1746.

There is a short walk along Sternstrasse which takes you from the Hauptmarkt into the square in front of the Cathedral, the Domplatz. The atmosphere as you walk through the market square is friendly and lively, alongside all the ornate buildings of Trier  ,and modern shops and cafes and all blend so well together. Trier is a city but here in the pedestrian heart there is a cosy and welcoming feel to the place. A great city to visit and explore for sure!


Of course, the Hauptmarkt is gorgeous with many fountains and statues of great architecture beauty. Here you can see the market of Trier, our favorite too, The city of Trier on the market :


The tourist office has something on the Main Market Square here: Tourist office of Trier on the Main Market square

There you go , stop by ,shop ,have a glass of wine and marvel at the beautiful architecture and history all around you in the Hauptmarkt of Trier.

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

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