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It’s no secret – we love glamping. Who doesn’t like the feeling of staying in an open meadow or a midnight stroll under the stars before retiring to bed in a teepee, tent, or caravan?

Glamping in Ladakh 🙂

 

Over the years we’ve discovered some pretty special glamping sites including TUTC, Ladakh and Twelve Apostles Lodge, Melbourne. But glamping at those sites can get pretty darn expensive. So this year, we wanted to write about a few affordable and family-friendly glamping sites around the world. Add to this the fact that we’ve been craving a trip to our favourite continent, Europe, for a while now. Can you guess where this is going? Yep, we’re going glamping at one of Yelloh Village’s camps at La Chênaie next month. We’ve booked a wee cottage for ourselves on a campsite that has a heated swimming pool, a mini farm, and a spa that boasts of a sauna and hammam as well.

One of the cottages at the camp! (Credit: Yelloh Village)

 

Fun things to do in the area

Of course, we can’t wait to see what the area has to offer. La Chênaie is conveniently located, close to Nantes, Pornic, and St. Nazaire. There is no dearth of things to do in this area and I’m sure we’ll discover even more activities once we are there but for now we are excited about these things in particular:

 

  • Photographing the sumptuous Castle of The Dukes of Brittany

The gorgeous castle boasts of over five centuries of history. It is surround by picturesque gardens, which make for a pretty picture. But that’s not all – the castle’s interiors are a goldmine for history enthusiasts. There is a huge museum with intriguing exhibits and a residential Palace within the premises of the Castle of The Dukes of Brittany. The best part is that entry is free!

Such a gorgeous castle 😀 (Credit: Plindenbaum)

 

  • Riding a giant elephant at Les Machines De L’ile de Nantes

Nowhere else in the world would we get to sightsee on top of a wooden elephant. This quirky pachyderm can be found at Les Machines De L’ile de NantesIt ‘walks’ super slowly, so a fun ride is guaranteed. Just make sure you book ahead because the elephant sprays water on anyone who strays too close to it without a ticket.

Giant Mechanical Elephant (Credit: Jean-Dominique Billaud)

 

  • Driving around the French countryside

The city of Nantes is located by the Loire River at the edge of the Brittany region, so we are super excited to rent a car and explore the surrounding area. That’s because May and June are the months where flower fields are in full bloom in Europe – I’m hoping we’ll chance on a few of them at least.

 

Drives like this one 😀

 

  • Relaxing at Pornic’s Beaches

Shhh this might be the #1 reason we chose the campsite at La Chênaie from Yelloh Village’s catalogue- it is close to the idyllic beaches in Pornic. Pornic isn’t on regular tourist trails as most tourists head straight to the French Riviera for beach holidays. So we’re excited to explore the beaches and shops at Pornic to see what they have to offer. We’ll report back for sure!

 

  • Devouring crèpes by the dozen

We can’t be this close to Brittany and leave without have crêpes for breakfast every day right? Crêpe Brettonne is one of my favorite French dishes – while it lacks the finesse of French cuisine, it makes for a wholesome meal. I love the crisp exterior and could have it for every meal. Just writing about rustic crêpes in the French countryside is making me drool!

 

Looking forward to delicious Crêpes 😀

 

Planning future travels is keeping us busy (and excited!) this month. Are you going away for a holiday this summer? Tell us in the comments below 🙂 And if you have been to Nantes before, we’d love to hear suggestions from you 😀

 

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50 thoughts on “Hey Nantes, we’re coming for you!!

  1. This sounds exciting! can’t wait wait to hear the full account ☺️
    Have been readinf your blog and also follow you on Instagram. I cannot help but notice, the pictures you upload on insta are just impeccable. What kind of camera do you use?

    1. Ditto – A part of my PhD thesis was on French History, so I always love reading about historical sites and witnessing them in person 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to see what you guys get up to!

    This summer, I’m taking a trip through Spain, spending a week in Anaheim, CA (and seeing the Pacific Costal Highway ahhh I’m so excited), and spending a week at a teeny beach in North Carolina known as Emerald Isle- I love it there because it’s completely residential and gorgeous!

    1. Oooh that sounds amazing Adele – we love CA and Spain – both such special places 🙂 Will check out Emerald Isle on your suggestion

    1. Really nice to hear that – camping holidays are perfect for families and we hear this campsite is especially popular with kids 🙂

  3. I have wanted to go to France but mainly as I want to take the children to Disney Land Paris they haven’t been and I know they would love it. I think If I was to go to France I would like to visit with my husband or friends so we can see the beautiful country side and enjoy some French Cuisine.

    1. Hey Melanie – that sounds like a great plan. The French countryside has so much to offer and what’s better than some French wine and cheese to go with 🙂

  4. Wow! All of your photographs are fabulous and made me want to visit the area NOW. However, my favourite has to be the mechanical elephant. I have never seen anything like it in my life and I now want to give it a ride!

    1. Hehe I love how the quirky elephant is getting all of us so excited about Nantes- so glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  5. Hey…
    I’m looking forward for new pictures of Nantes from your eyes…
    I lived in Nantes and I just moved to India…
    It’s a calm, peaceful place and hope you have an amazing time there…
    And crepes,Oh my God yeah… crepes in Brittany are to die for…
    Fingers crossed waiting for the pictures…❤💯Have an amazing trip.

  6. We love glamping especially when it’s surrounded with fab things to do! You guys are going to have an epic adventure. Lots of cool things to explore and photograph especially the castle!

  7. Hey there, I’m heading out to Ladakh next month. Have consulted your blog posts on the subject 🙂 Looking forward to glamping at The Hermitage at Pangong!

    1. That’s awesome Shipra. Have fun in Ladakh – it’s such a special place 🙂 Do send us photos from there

  8. Such a beautiful place to visit and I bet you had an awesome experience there, It makes me want to go there too.

  9. We’ve been talking about going glamping next year and this place looks so idyllic. I just looked at prices too and it’s really not bad. Adding this place to my list of possibilities 🙂

    Louise x

    1. It’s incredibly affordable for a glamping site Louise – looking forward to seeing what it has to offer 🙂

  10. Whooo 😀
    I just moved nantes from paris and found your blog right here. Seems like I already know where should i go in summers. thank you guys 🙂

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