Friday, April 23, 2010
Nantes is a city located in the Loire Valley, between the points of junction of two rivers, Erdre and Loire. The head of the department of Loire-Atlantique and is part of the regional constituency of Pays de la Loire. A few tens of minutes from the Atlantic coast, the Nantes area (Nantes and its surrounding communities) has enormous tourist potential. Numerous recreational activities, discovery or escape is to practice in the historical part of Brittany.
Nantes and its heritage
Formerly, the capital of Brittany, Nantes has neighborhoods that have preserved their medieval manners for several years. Some older neighborhoods in downtown buildings house dating from the fifteenth century from the seventeenth century, renowned architects like Mathurin Crucy and Jean-Baptiste Ceineray participated in the construction of many buildings of the old city. The Nantes keep a special pride when it comes to discovering the many tourists visiting the city. The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne records the highest number of visitors. Running along the banks of the Loire, the castle is a collection of buildings around the main residence where the Dukes lived at the time, the thirteenth century until the seventeenth century. After a renovation company in the early 90s, the castle is open to the public since 2007, and housed in the enclosure it is a true cave where one can trace the history of the city of Nantes. In close quarters and as Bouffay Decré, old houses with wooden facades dating from the fifteenth century, reflect the great architectural treasures of the city.
A feature of the city of Nantes is that it has many museums, and that tourists had better plan visits to more discoveries. Many works of art and science are on display, to name only one dedicated to the sewing machine, the printing or the firefighters. The walks through the main squares like the Place Royale, Place Graslin instead of Commerce offer a true moment of distraction. If visitors look more life and atmosphere, great place Maréchal Foch is the ideal place. The cliché of medieval town of Nantes is however altered by the modern twist of recent buildings, dating from the twentieth century for the most part, as the Blockhouse DY10, the tower of Britain and the building of the CGA. The rich heritage of Nantes, however, is preserved, and between the Quai de la Fosse until Greslin district, visitors can look forward to will of the splendor of fountains and statues through the streets and squares.
Nantes: the flourishing city
Located opposite the train station, with its surface of seven hectares, the Botanical garden is a place closely linked to the history of the city. Since 1829, the garden is open to the public, but it was built in 1687, the garden was located in the district of Graslin. At one time it was moved to the convent of the Ursuline sisters (in place of this high school) and its current date of 1806 with as a director, the botanist and apothecary John Alexander Hectot, who planted the Magnolia grandiflora, the 'oldest tree in the garden. Other places like the Grand Blottereau Park, the Park Chantrerie Little Amazon are to visit for nature lovers. Nantes is a tourist town in its own right, and no one was surprised during the holidays to see the tourists putting up campsites on the banks of the Loire. Some agencies organize tours to discover the great West in general or in particular Britain.
Linguistic side, the population of Nantes is recognized with their French to Breton accent. The language spoken in the western part of France was the Gallo, a dialect spoken mainly in cities like West and South Avranchin Mayenne (Upper Britain). As for Brittany, it was spoken by the inhabitants of cities like Herbignac Croisic, Pornic and in the peninsula of Guérande early twentieth century. Some Nantes speak this language so far and it is taught in primary schools. As for religious practice, all branches of Christianity are present in this region of Pays de la Loire. The mosque, located in the city of Nantes, mark the Muslim presence. The Jews, Buddhists and even other religions have their places of worship in Nantes. On a culinary level, Nantes retains the traditional cuisine of the Wild West and Southwest dishes with vegetables like cabbage, carrot, asparagus, artichokes that are accompanied by pork, poultry farmer, foie gras. But this part of France is also famous for exotic dishes with truffles or oysters.