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TerriLid Jan 11th, 2014 09:38 AM

What town to stay in near Nantes, France
We are a family of six (four kids 9-16) travelling to France in March. We are spending 6 days in Paris, three days in Amboise and are wanting to stay in or around Nantes for a few days. We will have a car and are hoping to explore a bit of that area from that home base. We will be carrying on to Lorient for a soccer match as a next stop, then onto Normandy to see the D-day beaches. We are hesitant to stay in the city of Nantes given it's size and wondering if there is a smaller town nearby you could recommend that we should stay.

StCirq Jan 11th, 2014 09:54 AM

You're staying in Paris for 6 days, but worried about the size of Nantes? Not sure I understand that (is it the car issue?), but Vannes would be a lovely base.

TerriLid Jan 11th, 2014 10:54 AM

Yes, mostly a car issue. Will check out Vannes. Thanks.

ileen Apr 21st, 2014 09:05 PM

Terri--We are going to Nantes area in May and I was wondering if you can share your experience in the area.
Did you stop in Nantes?
Or did you find some other interesting towns nearby. We will have 3-4 days to explore some areas around Nantes.
Hoping you will share some ideas.
Thanks in advance.

klondike Apr 21st, 2014 11:35 PM

You might want to check out: Ancenis, a small town of -4,000
Pornic, a little fishing village with thalasso therapy/spa Watch the little video on this site to get ideas:

If you are in Nantes itself, this floral exposition only takes place every 5 years and this year is the year:

If you are coming from the east, passing along the Loire valley, you might want to check out this beautiful abbey & its grounds (we've stayed at its hotel too--wonderful)

klondike Apr 21st, 2014 11:37 PM

Sorry, Ancenis' population should be >4,000, not 4,000 to the negative!!!

ileen Apr 22nd, 2014 04:29 AM

Klondike--Sincere thanks for superb ideas. Will do more research and try to figure out the best use of my days.

In your experience--do you think we can go by train and use public transportation everywhere. We don't want to rent a car,

Any tips will be helpful. I will also be research bit more.

Have a great day.

klondike Apr 22nd, 2014 06:36 AM

Ileen, you might want to start your own thread specific to your interests and needs as I see the original op will have a car and you aren't planning on having one. My other questions would be why did you select Nantes and what are your interests?

kkulanda Apr 22nd, 2014 06:54 AM

Nantes is quite lovely and not overly busy or large. We have family in Bouguenais right next to Nantes.

ileen Apr 22nd, 2014 07:32 AM

Klondike--thanks again.
Going to Nantes for work. But have a couple days afterwards for exploring the area.
I will start a new thread as you have suggested also.
Enjoy history, museums, art, churches and of course French cuisine.
Have a great day.

KK--How to travel to Bouguenais without car, how far is it and any special attractions. Thanks for your time and effort to help me.

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