Last Friday we went to this lovely city called Nantes. It is about a two and half hours' drive from our home in central Brittany. It used to be the capital of Brittany until the evil Vichy government separated it from the region in 1941 and, since 1971, it has been part of the French region known as the Pays de Loire.
It is everything that our region is not. Nantes has gorgeous shops and I seem to recall driving through a street that had mainly shoe shops and another that had haute couture fashion. There were cafes everywhere, with pretty people sitting outside. I even found a pet shop, something which is sadly lacking in our area.
Every road we turned into seemed to have statues, fountains, planted floral patterns. The transport system is very modern and the main way of getting about is by tram or on buses that run on natural gas - no, I didn't make that bit up.
In the last 15 years the population of Nantes has increased more than any other city in France. Many Parisians are moving there for a better quality of life so, consequently, property prices have been pushed sky high. I'd like to live there but one has to be a millionaire now to afford a house in the city. There are lots of rental agencies and we could always put our Breton house up for sale and rent a flat there for a while. However, our little dog would miss a garden and we would as well.
For the moment we've decided to remain where we are and make frequent trips to this lovely place.