21/10/2011 - 22/10/2011 18 °C
We left Bayeux reasonably early and arrive in Nantes ahead of time. The hotel is in the middle of a busy industrial estate in the St Herblain region just west of the city. We are only staying one night and were just going to use this time as a stopping off point but there's a tram line a couple of minutes away so we decide to head into Centre-Ville.
Unlike other areas we've stayed at since we've been in France, Nantes is a big bustling city. It reminds me of a scaled-down London, with people moving around manically and in a hurry. It's probably a nice place to visit to do some shopping with a combination of high-street and designer shops. There are also some picturesque buildings dotted around and of course, there is the illustrative fountain in the centre square that every big city houses.
We'd had a little wander round when the sun came out to play, so we did the natural thing and plonked ourselves down outside a bar. It's standard in Europe for most places to offer service at the table rather than standing in a queue at the counter, although I don't know why. I'd rather just go and get what I want rather than wait to catch someone's eye. I think Paul agrees with me even though he pretends to have a bit more patience than I do.
We get the tram back to the hotel as it starts to get cold and indulge ourselves with ham, cheese and wine........Je veux dire jambon, fromage et vin.