The Nantes-Atlantiques Airport connects you to the other main French cities. To get to the centre of the city, you can either take a specialized shuttle bus or the regular public transportation system. By train, Nantes can be reached from Paris in 3 hours, Grenoble in 5.5 hours, Lille in 4 hours and Marseille in 6.5 hours. You can also easily reach the city by car, as there are many major motorways that pass through. Once in the city, getting around by car can be straightforward, but be aware that on weekends and holidays it can be rather difficult to park. Otherwise, you can take the TAN public transportation, taxis or bicycles. The older parts of the city can of course be done on foot.
A speciality often offered in Nantes' restaurants is Nantese Lard: a mix of pork rinds, liver, lungs and chops, served best with a nice Muscadet wine. Another regional speciality is “Nantese butter”, which is made by simmering shallots in vinegar and Muscadet and then mixing them into butter. This dish is often served with river or ocean fish.
There are many events organised in Nantes that often use the rivers as inspiration. Since 2006, the Rencontres du Fleuve(River encounters) Festival brings together both contemporary and historical fluvial and maritime vessels every other June for two weeks. Since 2007, the contemporary art exposition known as Estuaire has been another great biennial event. Other notable events are the La Folle Journée amateur music festival, the Printemps des Arts, the Aux heures d’été Festival for Jazz and the Utopiales science fiction exhibition.
85% of France’s mâche (lamb’s lettuce) is cultivated in Nantes.
http://www.nantes.fr/ (official city site)
http://www.nantes-toursime.com// (Tourist site)
http://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/ (Island Machines)