Our time in Nantes is dedicated to my friend Valerie, who got to live in this lovely city. It has history, it has what looks like a very healthy economy, it attracts oodles of tourists, and, yes, it even has a château.
We arrived late morning and were swept into the embrace of the Radisson Blu, which is the most stunning hotel in Nantes. Having negotiated some fairly horrendous hotel parking garages, where I am expected to do impossible things with our car, I almost kissed the feet of the young lady who promised to whisk our car away. This hotel is gorgeous, and we will live – on points and miles – in the lap of this luxury for two days.
Our first stop was lunch at the famous La Cigale, where we had a lovely and leisurely meal. Sigh. We will miss these midday feasts, at a level of quality and a price nowhere to be found in New York.
We strolled around a bit and then took the little tourist train to get oriented. More to explore tomorrow, but today we just walked, explored a few neighborhoods, and saw the inside of the cathedral, where François II and his wives are buried.
Beautiful day, beautiful city.