Cheap flights to Nantes
Known for years as une belle endormie (a sleeping beauty), today Nantes, France’s sixth-largest city, is alive and kicking.
A city of perfectly manicured parks and gardens, wide attractive boulevards and a pedestrianised old town full of medieval buildings, it’s no wonder that Nantes is often described as one of the best places to live in France. And, when it comes to entertaining tourists, it’s pretty impressive too.
As the former capital of Brittany and one of the first industrial cities in France, this place boasts a history that rivals any in Europe and is packed with historical goodies at every turn. Imposing Gothic cathedrals, 10th century castles, regal looking squares and 19th century shopping arcades; they’re all here and more. And, with a young student population, as well as a whole host of bars, pubs and jazz cafes dotted around the city, it is safe to say that Nantes is one of the hippest cities in France at the moment. All sounds good so far!
Le Detente sells model railways and everything you can imagine to go with them, including paints and plastic tress and figurines to scale. They also have a full range of aviation, space and road models (15 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, tel: 02 4073 2945).
La Folle Journée (From the Canyons to the Stars) runs from 29 January to 2 February and will highlight 20th-century American classical music, with concerts, workshops, shows and exhibitions. follejournee.fr
The Jardin Japonais is a real haven of peace, even in the rain. Take a camera and don't fall off the stepping stones. You'll also find a cafe and exhibition space there (Quai de Versailles).