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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! 

January 2016
Spend an evening bowling at Le Bowl Center. Parking is easy and after a game you can try a game of billiards, visit one of the two bars, or have dinner at the steak restaurant - there really is something for everyone here. For more information visit nantes.bowlcenter.fr/bowling.

July 2016
The printing Museum is a fine alternative to the Beaux Arts which is closed for renovation. Learn the history and technicalities of printing, and see the huge old machines clank and grind into action. http://musee-imprimerie.com

October 2016
Les Utopiale is a sci-fi festival covering literature, cinema, comic strips and visual arts all in one space. Open to the public, it is also a magnet for professionals working in sci-fi. 29 October to 3 November. Details from http://www.utopiales.org/en.

October 2016
The picturesque little fishing port of Pornic is an easy train and even out of season is a good place for a walk on the beach, or along the clifftops. Check out the Chateau de Pornic, aka Bluebeard's castle (from exterior only as it is privately owned). en.ot-pornic.fr

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