Discovering an Art City | Photo Diary | Nantes, France

Last Updated on 18/10/2018 by secretmoona

Nantes has been a surprise for me. I didn’t expect to like the city that much. I was meant to stay there an afternoon and ended up staying for three days.

Spending my days wandering trough the cobbled streets, sampling delicious traditional food, exploring the city’s history and culture, mixing with the locals, visiting the castle or places like the famous Bouffay district made me enjoy my break even more. The time I spent in Nantes was actually what I needed to relax before starting the New Year!

See below the reason in photos why I enjoyed Nantes so much. Enjoy!Boats on the river Erdre - Photo diary

Moored boats on river Erdre

Nautilus boat

River Erdre - photo diary Nantes

Brown boat moored on the River Erdre - photo diary Nantes

River Erdre with building reflections - photo diary Nantes

Little bridge on Ile de Versailles

Ile de Versailles is a man-made island which used by carpenters but now houses a zen Japanese garden for the enjoyment of all. It’s a lovely place to relax and I have to say that it’s one of my favourite place in Nantes.

Rock pond at Ile de Versailles - photo diary

Waterfall in the Jardin Japonais, Ile de Versailles, Nantes

Jardin Japonais, Iles de Versailles, Nantes

Église Saint-Similien, Nantes

Tour Bretagne is the place to go for an aerial and panoramic view of Nantes.

Aerial view of the river - photo diary

Aerial view of the city centre from Le Nid - photo diary

Le Nid at Tour Bretagne - photo diary

Sculpture beside the Graslin Theatre in Rue Scribe

Sculpture Rue Scribe, Nantes

Street art on building facade, Nantes

Greenery on building, Nantes

Blue bike outside a blue door, Nantes

Florist, Nantes

Place Royale with its fountain, Nantes

Place Royale with its fountain, Nantes

Chateau des Ducs - photo diary

Street in Nantes with tram passing

Heron tree (arbre a Heron) Machines de l'Ile

Mi-horse Mi-dragon sculpture at Machine de l'Ile, Nantes

Carousel des Monde Marins

Bird sculpture at Machines de l'Ile

Exotic plants at Machines de l'Ile

Building in Nantes - photo diary

Museum of Natural History, Nantes

Belem boat moored at Loire River - photo diary Nantes

Leaning building in Ile Feydeau, Nantes

Being the innovation city of France, Nantes City has had the brilliant idea in 1999 launching operation “Grenier du siècle” (attic of the century). People were asked to drop in a concealed box an emblematic or personal item representative of the 20th century. The boxes (about 10,000) have been concealed and will be reopening on January 1st 2100. I wonder what people will think when they open the boxes? The “Grenier du siècle” is stored in the building (below) which used to belong to the biscuit manufacturer LU.


Grenier du Siecle, Nantes

Have you travelled to Nantes? What’s your favourite spot?

I hope you will be inspired to visit Nantes!

Thanks for reading 🙂


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14 thoughts on “Discovering an Art City | Photo Diary | Nantes, France

    1. Thanks Agness! You will need at least 3 to 4 days to enjoy the city at your own pace. If you do go, be sure to visit the little fishing village of Trentemoult. I wanted to go on my last day but ended up not going because of the rain 🙁

  1. I’ve never heard of Nantes! I definitely need to spend more time exploring France 😀 There’s something extra special about the unexpected discoveries, am I right?!

  2. I love how the art is a mixture of everything from classic, to modern to abstract. I really like the stepping logs across the water and the people on the balcony. Lovely photo tour!

    1. You should definitely try to stop by. Just 2 hours from Paris, it would be a shame to miss such a lively and innovative city!

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