Mercure Ile de Nantes
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Cloudy start, but the forecast was good. After yesterday, dry was OK. But it warmed up and the sun came out. And we wore clothes - not t-shirt and shorts. The French are already in winter clothing - coats, scarves and boots.
The tram system is fabulous. We got off at the stop for the viewing tower and found it, and found that it was shut on Mondays! Never ...
The bread van arrived - noisily- at about 8 this morning. I looked out to see people emerging from their vans to get bread. It had rained heavily overnight, with a fair wind, but the pitch remained solid. We had a fairly long drive but mostly motorway. We stopped for lunch at an aire. Originally the plan was to stay at La Sommieres in the southern suburbs, but when we finally found ...
A grand day out in Nantes was planned, initially because we had located a shop that sold Cognac aux Amandes (Almond Cognac), which had proved a great hit with friends who had recently visited us in Malestroit. This warming Cognac, with a hint of almond flavour, can be found in a few restaurants in Malestroit and is served after dinner as digestive.
We had scoured the shops and supermarkets but had never seen it sold ...
... and must have been quite scarey if they were advancing in their armor, masks and helmets. Pretty big exhibition and by he time we got out bit late for lunch, but had a bit of a sit and then down to the moat and gardens. At one time the castle had mot on three sides but the fourth was surround by the river Loire. Out for a beer, and then decided on something different for dinner and went for a curry! Turned out to be very good, not spicy enough ...
Our first super long train ride of the trip. The ride from Paris to Nantes seemed to take more time than physically possible. Once in Nantes we had a layover before our next train ride and were able to explore a absolutely gorgeous park. You can look at the photos and let your imagination fill in the rest.