Travel to Bretagne

Day 2 Nantes - Mur de Bretagne (226 Km.)

Bretagne


 

Nantes: City of intense and turbulent past, is, despite administratively belong to the countries of the Loire, the historical capital of Bretagne. It is a city of art with splendid buildings of the eighteenth century, but was also an active port of the slave trade. City river was called the french Venice by their canals. The city comprises two historical parts: the medieval districts and neighbourhoods of the nineteenth century. The neighborhoods of the nineteenth century are on the west side of town and were built thanks to the donation made by a financial called Greslin. His heart is the Place Royale, from where Crébillon starts, very lively and commercial. In a parallel street is the passage Pommeraye, an elegant covered passage that leads to the stock exchange. Crébillon street connects the place Royale with place Greslin (which stands the Theatre), which in linked too with Cours Cambronne, a beautiful promenade lined with houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

From Piazza Greslin starts the Voltaire Street, where is the Museum of Natural History. It has been installed in the old currency palace with houses old collections compiled from contributions from supporters of the city: skeletons, shells, etc. A portion was devoted to regional wildlife and a Vivarium of Saurians and reptiles. A little later in the same street is the Manoir de Jean V, a fifteenth century building that was the house of bishops of Nantes. The garden have collections of prehistoric, Greek and Egyptian antiquities and ethnography. Next, the Palais Dobrée (19th), today headquarters of the Musée Dobrée. It presents a very varied collections that will allow see medieval sculptures, art objets (as the reliquary from the heart of Anne of Bretagne),manuscripts, some Italian and Flemish paintings, furniture, carpets, ceramics and regional art.

Nantes - Cathedral of Saint Pierre
Nantes - Cathedral of Saint Pierre

When you leave you can go to the Church of Notre Dame de Bon Port, church of sailors, from which arrive at the Quai de la Fosse. This spring may give rise to a lively promenade along the banks of the Loire because it retains a good number of houses in the seventeenth century. Once there you have two options: To the right to the neighborhood that there are over port, apart from enjoying a great view (belvédére de Sainte Anne) you can visit the museum of Jules Verne (3, rue de I'Hermitage), ot to the left, to go to the place du Commerce, starting point for the visit of the medieval neighborhoods.

The medieval neighborhoods: on the right side of the square du Commerce is the former island Feydeau. It was at the centre of a former arm of the Loire that was filled with land and where built their houses the wealthy owners of the city. There are beautiful buildings, some of whom have identical facades on both sides (see streets Kervégan, Turenne and the place de la Petite Hollande). At Olivier de Clisson street, num 4, is the birthplace of Jules Verne.

Nantes - Castle of the Dukes of Bretagne
Nantes - Castle of the Dukes of Bretagne

De la place du Commerce we come to the rue des 50 Otages (Edre former arm of land filling), where begins the neighborhood of Sainte Croix, that preserves houses of the centuries XV and XVI (see Juiverie street). The Roosevelt and Kennedy streets leading to the castle of the Dukes of Bretagne. The castle is a beautiful Gothic and Renaissance fortress very well preserved. In this place get married Anne of Brittany and Louis XII and was drafted and may even signed the Edict of Nantes. You can visit the interior, besides the halls, towers and rooms, including the Folk Art Museum, Decorative Art and the Navy Museum. When leaving the castle, street Mathelin Rodier lead to the Cathedral of St. Pierre, which began in the fifteenth century and was not completed until the nineteenth, but it retains a great unity of style. In the beautiful interior is recommended to visit the tomb of Francis II, Duke of Bretagne, and the southern flank of the building the Logis de la Psalette (XV) and the Porte Saint Pierre, vestige of the ancient walls.

Nantes - Castle of the Dukes of Bretagne
Nantes - Castle of the Dukes of Bretagne

From here we will go to the square Maréchal Foch, lined with buildings of the eighteenth century, to continue until the Museum of Fine Arts (rue Clemenceau). To conclude the visit you can can go to the neighbouring Jardin des Plantes, a beautiful park where early nineteenth grow magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and other magnificent trees.

Tourism Oficce: rue Amiral de la Grandière, Halles de Saint François. Phone. 98 95 04 69

(in 32 Km.) La Baule: an elegant seaside resort considered the Nice of the West. It has a fantastic beach, very large and very nice, adorned with a walk planted with pines and flowers. Very nice for a good bath.

(in 110 Km.) Vannes: Our next stop is in Vannes, located in the small inland sea called Gulf of Morbihan. It is a pleasant city, with an interesting old town which is grouped around the cathedral. You can walk the old town and visit the cathedral and cohue (XII-XIV), the medieval market place where the meetings were public and which now houses a museum. You may also want to visit the port, the aquarium and the pont Vert, from where leave the boats that travel to the Gulf and goes to the island of Conleau (very interesting).

Vannes
Vannes

(in 19 Km.) Auray: Population has a pretty carthusian worth visiting. If you have time, you can make an amusing tour of the Gulf of Morbihan with boat. The tour is most rewarding. Question schedules and stops at the tourist office if you want stopping in one of the islands to take a bath. From the nearby town of Quiberon can go to the beautiful island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer.

(in 65 Km.) Mur de Bretagne


 

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