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The Best City in France to Live

Jan 16, 2008
Nantes city is the sixth largest in France. It is a city in western France, located on the Loire River. The quality of life surveys it the best city in France in which to live. Nantes has been made a major economic development centre. In the late 20th century, air, road, and rail communications were being extended, and vast industrial zones was being built.

Nantes is also known for its crepes. The Passage Pommeraye which is a small shopping mall is located by the river. It is a small passageway between two streets that has been turned into a highly impressive shopping centre. It is named after its developer, Louis Pommeraye. The building took three years and was completed in 1843. It is covered with a glass ceiling and consists of three levels of shopping galleries. But the Rue Crebillon is the main street to shop.

Many pubs and cafes with live music can be found around the city centre. Nantes bars and pubs are mainly concentrated around the place du Pilori place du Bouffay, and rue Kervagen.

The city has blossomed into a regional gay and lesbian capital boasting a surprisingly large number of restaurants, dance clubs, gay bars, and shops, as well as a gay film festival, a sauna, and several gay and lesbian associations.

Nantes is the proud birth place of the world famous Jules Verne who wrote the classic science fiction stories of Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth The museum is full with memorabilia and is a gathering place for his many admiring fans.

Nantes is about 30-45 minutes from the beach. If you are there at the right time of the year probably no earlier than May or June feel free to take a day trip to La Baule. La Baule's has five miles of white sandy beach provides the perfect place and a superb promenade.

From the square of the Castle of Nantes you can enter the castle. The castle of Nantes, was built in 1466 until 1491. You can walk around the walls of the castle, the main square inside the castle and visit rooms inside the castle and go into the Salorge museum. It features magnificent towers, impressive moats and fascinating museums displaying information on art, culture and local history. Much of its interior was redone in 1466 by Froancois II, Duke of Britanny.
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