Nantes may be the place where my bicycle got stolen, but further from that, I only got good memories from the city.
Nantes is a vibrant city. There are lots of things to do, to see, to eat and to drink. In summer there are a lot of free concerts. It’s a student city with a lot of good vibes.
The first thing I noticed in Nantes was how bicycle friendly the city is. There are bicycle lanes everywhere and they are amazing. Probably there are just not enough bikes in Nantes, that’s why they took mine.
Nantes is the capital of the Pays de la Loire region, but culturally you could consider it as a part of Brittany. The street names are written in French and in Breton language.
The historical touristic attractions are the cathedral and the castle. Definitely worth a visit, but not the main reason to come to Nantes.
The best part of the city is ‘Ile de Nantes’. In an old industrial area they have created an area with a lot of open space. There are a lot of trendy bars and there’s the elephant: a giant wooden structure. It walks around and you can enjoy a ride with the elephant as a passenger. I didn’t do the elephant tour, but even looking this beast makes you feel impressed.
I also had the opportunity to learn how to play the ‘jeu de boules Nantois’. Warning: if you compare the game to Pétanque the die hard player may want to speak to you anymore. The game is played with large 2kg balls, and you roll them instead of throwing.
Rather than the place where my Bicycle got stolen, I will remember Nantes as a very enjoyable city, a city created for its inhabitants to feel home in.
Last but not least, I want to thank my host Souad for showing me everything and for all the help she gave me when my bicycle was stolen.