Nantes is a gem that sits only an hour’s train journey away from Paris. Taken by the city’s charm and quaint atmosphere upon my arrival, I must admit I did not know much about the place initially. Our required attendance at a wedding in the Loire region in France led us to exploring this city, and we were delighted with our more improvised attempt at exploring (in contrast to how we had a full-blown itinerary for Paris!). We visited the Château des ducs de Bretagne – once a residence for the Dukes of Brittany and then the French Monarchy. With its stunning and ornately lined windows, lightly-coloured walls and impressive moat, it was quite an impressive fairytale site!
French cuisine is fantastic here, and much more affordable than in Paris. The streets are lined with varieties of offerings, including antique stores, creperies, sushi restaurants, quirky bookstores and independent boutiques. There’s a gorgeous restaurant in Nantes called the Cigale, with an awe-inspiring interior filled with colourful ceiling frescos and elaborate patterns lining the walls. However, what was a little frustrating is that during our stay, we noted that not much was open on a Sunday!