Nantes is located close to the Atlantic coast, and has a metropolitan population of nearly 900,000 people. By TGV (high-speed train), Nantes is two hours away from Paris.
In 2013, Nantes held the title of European Green Capital. In Nantes, explore beautiful gardens and museums, enjoy the lively arts and music festivals, and discover the friendly people and fine seafood cuisine. Nantes is proud of their universities, colleges and research institutes, and has a strong maritime flavor as well as a mild climate. Nearby wineries produce wines of international repute.
Nantes and its neighboring port of St. Nazaire have attracted major industry to the area, especially aerospace, shipping, high-tech, and bio-tech firms.
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France24 provides a marvelous overview on how the intersection of maritime history and contemporary arts has shaped the cultural identity of Nantes.