A nice trip to outer Brittany, Nantes!

And here I go again telling you about a nice place which is not part of Bretagne today but it was and now flying the Breton flag on the city hall  pole again! Hope you enjoy the revise version of a nice trip to outer Brittany/Bretagne, Nantes!

Let me update this post from November 2016 which is always relevant and nice from my many family visits to Nantes and numerous more business trips. Many of the sights below have individual posts with pictures.

Revolutionary ramblings for many years (1941) outside of Brittany but historically always in the heart of the Breton, the area of Nantes is a great visit always.  Nantes is in Brittany,Yes!!!! The controversy lingered on for years ever since an adminitrative order in 1941 put them apart, but hey that was the treacherous government of petain, and it should be change. Nantes in Breton is Nanoed. 

I was here again for a short visit last Wednesday and as always went by a new area of the Place du Général Mellinet. Nantes is a modern wide and vibrant medium size city in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 just south of mine and the city is about 1h30 from my house by car.

A bit of history I like from the tourist office and city of Nantes on the Place du Général Mellinet.

The construction of the mansions  extended from 1828 to 1874. The realized program represented a unique example in Nantes from the architecture of the restoration .  It is bordered by eight mansions each with a park at  the rear of the building.  These buildings have all identical  style façade restoration in perfect symmetry relative to the other, whose plans, drawn up in 1827, between these hotels, lead eight arteries forming four axes (two main axes formed by two secondary axes made of streets and boulevards), which are in the direction of clockwise from North : boulevard Paul Langevin, the rue Belleville, boulevard Launay, the rue Rollin, and boulevard Saint-Aignan, the rue Mellier, Allard boulevard and the rue Richer.

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In the Middle, is a square plan surrounded by four groups of five, circular with a diameter of about 70 meters, and  lime trees in the center of which stands a statue of general Mellinet cast-iron , about 6 meters in height. which was built four years after the completion of the square in 1878 at the site of the former castle  . On the base of the monument there is a simple inscription engraved “Général Mellinet  1798-1894”

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I have always indicated the car travel is my favorite but once you are in this modern city the buses and great tramways are a must to try, and we did! 

The tramway line 1 François Mitterrand to Beaujoire/Ranzay is great and clean efficient and see all above ground. Also, the C1 circular bus route and the regular bus 23 all passes to the main points in the city and the pl Mellinet. Bear in mind, the train station is very good here and direct access to Paris Montparnasse as well as CDG airport. The regional express trains (TER) take you to many towns including my Vannes and Auray near me. There is a nice airport at  Bouguenais just outside with express airport bus service to the train station every day for 9€ one way. This is the Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, lately my going out airport!

The air/train connections are well known all over the web ,just telling you about the local public transport network here which is TAN, webpage: https://www.tan.fr/fr/itineraires

The area around the square of Mellinet (before called  Place Launay) has many wonderful old mansions all historical monuments classify here and the architecture and the grandeur is well visible.  In all , it was a quick visit but always nice to be back whether with the family or alone like Wednesday, Nantes is a nice town and plenty of historical monuments to see.

We walk over to the Naval museum , Maille Bréze with a real battleship cruiser to boot and the Gare Maritime with great cruises on the river Loire such as with the Chantenay boat Finally ,move into the city with the across the quai church of Notre Dame de Bon Port or as locals call it the Church of Saint Louis, passing by the museum of Dobrée ,we continue our walks thru the rue voltaire and see the Musée d’histoire naturelle and on our way to place Gasclin and the théatre Gasclin, with great operas and musical presentation ,as one of the best in France. Near it, the lovely Cours Cambronne gardens. Follow that up with the Church of  Saint Nicolas , a wonderful spiral church. Continue onto the place Royale, and its wonderful fountain of Nantes.

We then arrive at the big ones, the Cathedral St Pierre et St Paul, the church of the bishop and built between 1434 and 1891!!! right at place Saint Pierre, with wonderful nave and tombs of the last dukes of Brittany François II and his wife Marguerite de Foix as well as revered general Lamoriciére . This is wonderful and just next to it is the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, yes that’s right the castle of the Dukes of Brittany ,of course. Here Brittany by marriage of Anne de Bretagne was ceded by treaty to France in 1532! A wonderful airy castle with lots to see today an exhibition on the wars of I and II. Great walk along the ramparts and wonderful views of the city.

We came to our old favorite now closed ,Chez Clement restaurant now change to L’Entrecôte same spot on place Fleurot de l’Angle. and the wonderful local  landmark La Cigale restaurant.  And another favorite chain now closed the Maître Kanter where we had nice lunches with beers, and went over to the Amorino italian ice cream place to have the desserts here, sublime and grand, simple the best combination.

The tourist office of Nantes: https://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en

The Nantes metro area on Nantes: https://metropole.nantes.fr/territoire-institutions/nantes-metropole/communes/nantes

Enjoy the city if in the area, and we could meet there too. Nantes is nice and many things to see, nice night ambiance, and the Loire river! What more can you ask! Hope you enjoy the tour!

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

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