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ESCAPE TO NANTES

The cultural capital in the Northwest of France

Chateau Azay-le-Rideau, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

As a traveler, I always seek for exotic places, diving into unknown cultures and stepping out of my comfort zone. The more I travel around the world, the more I realize how much beauty I’m yet to discover in just Europe alone. I’m starting to love Europe more and more these days.

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Last month I was invited by Atout France, Nantes Tourism, and CroisiEurope to participate in Nantes Take the Journey Program, an artistic and poetic trail in Nantes. There are so many places and things to do in France that I thought it would be a pity if I only visit Paris. Nantes is a charming medium-sized city in the Northwest of France, and where I decided to start my journey through the heartlands of France.

Located on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is the 6th largest city in France and widely regarded as the capital city of the province of Brittany. Over the last 20 years, it has grown into a dynamic and inventive city, full of culture, festivals and regeneration projects. From restoring old buildings to transforming factories into something meaningful for the 21st-century tourist, everyone will find a reason to visit.

Today, sustainable tourism is evident across Nantes from its development of urban areas to the use of recycling and redevelopment of île de Nantes and the various bicycle routes (Loire à Vélo and Vélodyssée), tramlines and electric cars making the city accessible for all.

I was positively surprised by the city, as I had no expectations beforehand and quickly realized this is a great place for lovers of art, design and good food. There is so much to see and do in this energetic and colorful city, so here are a few suggestions to get you started.