Exploring France’s wonderful cities of Nantes, Vannes, and Paris

Posted on 10 November 2021

France is an extraordinary country that is rich in culture, art and cuisine. If you’re planning a trip to the home of the croissant, make sure to visit the cities of Nantes, Vannes and Paris for an authentic French experience. Here’s what you can expect from each.


The city of Nantes is located in north-western France. This vibrant city has a lot to offer, from historical sightseeing to picnics in the breathtaking botanical gardens. Below are three things to do in Nantes.

1. The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

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The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is a fortress that was constructed by the last Duke of Brittany between the 15th and 17th centuries. Today, the ancient structure houses the Nantes History Museum. The museum displays over 800 historical artifacts and hosts various exhibitions and events for tourists.

For more information visit: https://www.chateaunantes.fr/en/

2. The Machine de L’ile

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The Machine de L’ile is a modernized tourist attraction that encourages inventiveness and artistic expression, and a must-see for any tourist passing through the city of Nantes. Tourists can catch a ride on a 12 metre-tall elephant or climb aboard the famous Marine World carousel.

For more information visit: https://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/

3. The Jardin des Plantes de Nantes

The Jardin des Plantes de Nantes is a municipal botanical garden, and hosts a variety of fauna and flora making it a perfect escape from the buzz of city life. It also embraces the whimsical by allowing artists to decorate the grounds with their imaginative artwork. The public park caters to people of all ages by providing guided tours of its greenhouse, scenic cycling routes, and plenty of photo opportunities.

For more information visit: https://jardins.nantes.fr/default.asp?v=Gb


The quaint city of Vannes is located in the north-western region of France. Characterised by its medieval architecture and cobblestone streets, this city transports visitors back in time. To ensure that you make the most of your trip to the city of Vannes, try to visit the three popular attractions listed below.

1. Église Saint-Patern de Vannes

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The Église Saint-Patern de Vannes is a Roman Catholic church that is speculated to have been constructed in the 10th century. The church is named after Saint Patern who was the first bishop of Vannes. A visit to this spiritual relic would include intricate stained glass windows and preserved historical artifacts. The Église Saint-Patern de Vannes is also believed to hold fragments of Saint Patern’s remains making it a holy destination for the religious and spiritually inquisitive.

For more information visit: http://www.stpatern-vannes.fr/

2. Port de Vannes

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The Port de Vannes is the commercial harbour of Vannes located just north of the Gulf of Morbihan. The harbour hosts many sailboats, ships and yachts making it an attractive landmark for seafarers and boating enthusiasts. It provides exquisite views of the ocean and is particularly lively at night when all the boats and surrounding structures illuminate the harbour.

For more information visit: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-vannes

3. Remparts de Vannes

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The Remparts de Vannes are the colossal walls that surround the city of Vannes. The Remparts de Vannes are estimated to have been erected between the 3rd and 17th centuries. These walls pose as a remnant of Frances history and a reminder of the past. Tourists visiting this historical site will be able to marvel at its ancient medieval-style architecture and admire its decorative garden.


Paris, the City of Light, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Famous for its Eiffel Tower and other historical attractions this city is constantly buzzing with activity. With so much to see and do, we chose the top three must-do activities.

1. The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower has become an instantly recognisable symbol closely associated with Paris and the entire country of France. Tourists can choose to explore the three levels of the tower, with the top level reaching a whopping 276 metres. The area surrounding the Eiffel Tower also provides plenty of enjoyment and photo opportunities. For a bonus, try visiting the tower at night to watch it twinkle over the city of Paris.

For more information visit: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en

2. The Seine River

The Seine River is well known around the world and has inspired many artists, musicians and writers throughout history. Tourists can experience its charm by sharing a meal on the river bank or by hopping on a cruise through the city.

For more information visit: https://www.avalonwaterways.com/europe-rivers/seine/

3. The Palace of Versailles

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The Palace of  Versailles is a former royal palace that once housed kings and queens. Today the palace is owned and managed by the French Republic, making it an accessible attraction for tourists and other visitors. Here, visitors can venture through the lavish gardens, take a tour through the castle, and walk through the famous hall of mirrors.

For more information visit: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/


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