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FRANCE

JO U RN E Y W IT H LIZ

W H O W ILL Y OU BE?

W H ERE W ILL Y OU GO?

DEFINE Y OU


FRA NCE

Na ntes

FU N FA CT:

Nan tes is acity in W estern Fran ce on the Loire River,

an d in 20 0 4,Tim e M agaz in e n am ed Nan tes as “ The

M ost Livable City in A llofEurope.”

CU RRENCY : Euros

LOCA L A TTRA CTION:

Stop by an d visit ‘Chateaudes D ucs de B retagn e’or,

in En glish,‘Castle ofthe D ukes ofB rittan y’located in

the cen ter ofNan tes. B uilt in the 15th Cen tur y as the

2n d ducalcastle,the fi rst dem olished to m ake w ay

for this castle. It w as residen ce ofthe kin gs ofFran ce

w hen they visited B rittan y. Youcan see the Nan tes

skylin e,on ce youm ake it to the top ofthe castle.

TOU RIST A TTRA CTION:

W hen in Nan tes,youm ust visit “ Les M achin es D e L’

Ile.” G reat for children an d adults,this location holds

aset ofgigan tic m echan icalan im als design ed by


F rancois D e Laroz iere and Pierre O refi ce. The s tar a traction

is a 12-m eter tallm echanicalelep hantthatw alks around the

p ark and carries p as s engers .E njoy a 45-m inute ride around

N antes .This E lep hantcan even s p ray w ater outofits

m echanicaltrunk.

FO O D (S)T O T RY :

F is h in N antes is often s erved w ith B eurre B lanc s auce,als o

know n as B eurre N antais .This cream y s auce is m ade w ith

w ine vinegar,uns alted bu ter,w hite w ine,black p ep p er,and

s hallots . W hile vis iting,s top by a localres taurantand req ues t

itfrom the m enu. Itis divine.

A C T IVIT IES:

N aturalH is tory M us eum ofN antes is in the city ofN antes .

This m us eum holds a few ofthe top s p ecim ens for the

country ofF rance.Zoologicalcollections ,m ineralogy,

regionalw ildlife,and a rep tile hous e m ake up a few

collections the m us eum holds .

Zein Oriental Spa

Zein Oriental Spa is in The Lieu U niq ue,a form er bis cuit

factory atthe center ofthe city. G e ting to Zein w illfeellike

an adventure as you w alk through a m iniartm us eum ,

coup led w ith s om e books hop s ,w ith m any young p eop le


singing or d ancing in the lobby .O ne m ight feel

as ifthey are in the w rong place;not to w orry ,

the F rench m erchants that ru n their shops in

the center are fam iliar w ith the face of

bew ild erm ent from those seeking retreat in

Zein.You w ilbe d irected into the basem ent.

You w ilbe pleasantly su rprised as y ou are

transported into an u nd ergrou nd ex otic

M oroccan sty led ham m am .

W HEN TO BOOK FOR EXTRA SA VIN G S:

Peak su m m er tou rist season end s in Au gu st.

You w ilenjoy cheaper airfare and cooler

w eather d u ring the m onths ofSeptem ber and

O ctober.

W HERE TO STA Y:

T here are few 4 - star and 5 - star hotels in N antes;

id ealy ,y ou w ilw ant to book an Innclu sive,

Airbnb,or hotelnear the m ain attractions,like

C hateau d e d u cs d e B retagne,w hich is also

near the tram . T he tram w ilm ake it easy for

y ou to get arou nd N antes. D epend ing on the

ty pe oftraveler y ou are,check ou t Séjou rs &

Affaires N antes D u cs D e B retagne. T his

apartm ent sty le hotelis perfect for those w ho

w ou ld like to prepare m eals for them selves and

red u ce ex penses. W hat is aw esom e abou t this

aparthotelis there is a su perm arket right

arou nd the corner.It is in the heart ofthe

cu ltu rald istrict ofN antes,and it is close to the

pu blic train station.T his is a 3- star hotel.C heck

ou t Sophie’s baker nearby . T hey have the best

croissants and d eserts.

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SOU VEN IRS:

N antes is a city know n for its F rench

confection. In 19 02,the au thentic sw eet La

Rigolette w as m ad e. La Rigolette is fi led w ith

realpu lp ofselected fru it and then frosted . It

com es in 5 parfu m es (fl avors) pineapple,black

cu rrant,lem on,raspberry ,and m and arin.

TRA VEL ESSEN TIA LS:

Alw ay s protect y ou r passport w ith a cover.

T raveling in cooler w eather,I alw ay s pu t on m y

travelsw eatshirt.B e su re pack light sw eaters

and tops for lay ering.

BEA U TY ESSEN TIA LS:

C ooler w eather d ries ou t m y skin. You m ight

feelthe sam e w ay .I love u sing “D ew ” to keep

m y face hy d rated .Alw ay s pack a skin H y d rater.

Plu s,for photos,looking a little d ew y is a bonu s.

HA IR ESSEN TIA LS:

I l I love to w ear ‘Lou vre’. T he w ave pattern is

sim ple.F or bou ncy cu rls,I ru n m y cu rlw and

throu gh it.I like a m inim alist look for certain

locations.W hat is great abou t ‘Lou vre’is y ou

can straighten it,as w e l.

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