Les Machines de l'Ile is an absolutely fantastic artistic project in an environment that whisks you away from normal life. The concept of distinct mechanical animals (they fly!) makes dream come true for both children and parents! This suggests that the drafts of Leonardo Da Vinci have actually come to life. All projects are the latest in technology, just like this tree that will be built on the island of Beaulieu and will be self-sufficient in terms of energy. An interesting project from both an artistic and organic standpoint. Do not miss the elephant ride, it´s great!
The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, with its interior and surroundings, is definitely worth a visit. It has been beautifully refurbished. A walk through the gardens will also provide a nice view of the monuments, like the Cathedral or The LU Tower, for example. If you have time, you can also enter the Nantes History Museum, which is a very modernist museum.
We were in Puy du fou on the bridge in December watching the Mistery of Nadal and although it was very cold it was worth it. The music was interpreted by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra....marvelous. This park is not the same as the others but it's not to be missed.
The Botanical Garden, is another of the famous Green Areas of Nantes. Animals like ducks and deer can easily be spotted wandering about. There are seven acres of "rare plants", medicinal gardens, child gardens ... A real treat to take a walk, read a book ...
This cathedral is a magnificent Gothic building built on the ruins of the old cathedral. The majestic facade is even more beautiful since its restoration. The interior of the cathedral is quite unusual and particularly impressive. The whiteness of the limestone tufa, the imposing size of the nave, a 103 meters long and 37.5 meters high, it has an effect of power, strength and grace. And you can admire the tombs of Francisco II and Marguerite de Foix (parents of Anne of Brittany) at the beginning of the sixteenth century.
The Pommeraye Passage was a nineteenth-century arcade that currently functions as a shopping mall and it's as charming as it is retro. Shop accessories, fashion, comics ... It connects two of the main streets of downtown Nantes.
Although the weather was pretty bad when we visited, The Passage du Gois was impressive. This is a passage between two areas of the city. This place makes you feel as if you could walk on water, and with the rain and wind the scene was even more incredible and breathtaking.
The good thing is that we were able to take enough photos for you to be able to understand a little better the phenomenon I describe.
The famous biscuit factory Lu is a symbol of the city of Nantes. The original building of Lu (Lefèvre Utile) has been converted into a curious cultural activity center for contemporary art. It´s full of references to the old factory but focuses a lot on independent creativity.
This magnificent architectural masterpiece is built on the edges of the Maine. Imagine this castle at that time full of circus animals like llamas and camels. The castle is from the time of King René, ve was passionate about the circus. This fantastic building is the centre of a renewal program, which will allow us to enjoy this castle in the future.
The incredible Hotel Logis Barrault is the home of the Museum of Fine Arts in Angers. A building located near the historic city of Angers and only a few steps from the cathedral. The white facade of the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most beautiful in Angers. Its location allows you to take a complete cultural tour of the city. The complex includes the Garden of Fine Arts, All Saints, Gallery of David d'Angers, the municipal library and the university restaurant. The galleries represent a very complete collection of works of art that have been collected for centuries comprising a total area of 7 square kilometers. The museum has 2,500 square meters dedicated to permanent collections and the remaining 500 to temporary exhibitions. Conferences and other events are also arranged here. The restoration of the building and the creation of new multi-level rooms now offers visitors an open space where you the sizes and changing colors of the works can be seen better. The museum was renovated in 2004, and has become a meeting place for lovers of art and good taste, which can be found in these galleries with their incredible artistic background.
Saumur Castle is located in the heart of the Pays de la Loire region, situated on the historic castles of the Loire route. A magical route full of history. Saumur Castle is a must for lovers of cultural and architectural heritage. Built in the late eleventh century and seeing it in person is very impressive, and you can imagine how it must have been at that time. Saumur Castle has had many uses in its ten centuries of history. It began as a fortress, then was used as a summer residence by the French aristocracy. It later served as the residence for the rulers, later it became a prison, a storehouse of weapons and ammunition, and finally a fascinating cultural center on the banks of the Loire River. From the castle hill which is crowned by this magnificent castle you can see all the city. Since 1906 the building has belonged to the state and has been totally restored. Today it houses the municipal museum of the cty. The visit will not disappoint you!
Graslin Theatre is in the center of the district of the same name in honor of Jean-Joseph-Louis Graslin (1727-1790) receiver-general of the kingdom farms and ve participated in land management in the western part Nantes. The theater was built by architect Crucy (1749-1826) on an ancient Greek model respecting the golden number in 1788 and Crucy was inspired by neoclassical architecture. Thus, 12 steps provide access to a plateau where 7 Corinthian columns (Greek theater specific) support the pediment decorated with 8 statues. These statues were built during the French Restoration through the work of architect Molknecht. Don't forget the particularity of "the Italian" room in the theater which is one of the rare vestiges of eighteenth-century rooms in France. Restored in 2002 it has resumed its majesty of the eighteenth century.
A scent of jasmine and rosemary fills the entire island of Yeu. One of the most popular places on the Atlantic coast of France. This lovely island keeps all the light and charm of seaside cities. The island of Yeu is a granite island 10 miles long and wide and what surprises you is the contrast of their 2 completely different coastlines. When you go toward the southwest, the rugged terrain brings back memories of the Breton islands. Meanwhile, in the northeast you discover a big dune beach. It is a calm area where you can see families enjoying the good weather and the tranquility. The quaint air gives a unique style compared to other Atlantic islands. Its structures, its ornaments, its light and its people make you think at some point you are in the middle of the Aegean. Its greenish waters highlight the whitewashed houses. Bring good shoes and rent a bike to discover the natural corners. On the island of Yeu you can find a lot of sun, invigorating air, wind and smiles from the people.
This museum is located close to The Natural History, and the quartier Graslim, in the center, unfortunately the refurbishment means it will be closed until 2015. The museum consists of two museums, the Archaeological Museum, and Thomas Dobrée Museum itself, with its precious collections on display in nineteenth-century palace. It includes Romanesque and Gothic sculptures, tapestries, furniture, paintings and various decorative elements. A highlight are the Egyptian archaeological museum pieces.
Built on a former swamp, the island of Versailles and sun garden which opened in September 1987. It recreates a particularly Japanese atmosphere with its Zen garden, exotic plants, waterfalls, rocks and other. Here we also find a captaincy, a restaurant and Erdre House, which showcases the flora and fauna of this river. It provides a pleasant contrast to the architecture of the city center.
The Jules Verne Museum showcases the amazing stories of this writer´s novels. Located in a house from the late nineteenth century, the museum is in the Loire region. The whole world can be discovered here. Everything is exciting, especially the man of letters in the form of models and the posters of old movies based on his works and his writings. I definitely suggest dipping into a world populated by strange creatures and heroes of all kinds.
Getting to put your feet in Noirmoutier is synonymous with an exotic vacation. The Atlantic Ocean rocked this island Pays de la Loire, which, I assure you, is one of the most beautiful on the Atlantic coast. Sea Mills, mossy forests, hidden coves, small harbors and boats whitewashed old will be part of the landscape. It's truly a precious site. Noirmoutier is actually a small peninsula that juts into the ocean. Along its sometimes rocky shores there are 50 kilometers of sandy beaches. It is known as "the beautiful Dutch" because two thirds of its territory is below sea level. It has been united to the mainland by a bridge since 1971. But it is much more interesting to get to Noirmoutier from over Gois, a stretch of land that connects from the 17th century and has been isolated due to the ocean's tides. There are 4 kms of road, suitable for circulation, serving as passage if the sea permits. It is a curiosity worth seeing. The island of Noirmoutier is a paradise of salt, oysters, sandy beaches, mimosas and sun. The colors seem to leap to life here. Noirmoutier has a real spark to it. I know you'll fall in love with it!