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Here are some pics I took in last april of my native city, Nantes.
Nantes is one of the largest French cities (pop : 283,000, metro area : 804,000). It's crossed by the Loire river and it's not far from the Atlantic ocean.
The pics I will show in the thread are not specially from the prettiest parts of the city. I just took pics of the areas where I love to walk, the docks in the port area.
Some of the docks are still in use, some others are not used anymore and are, more or less, in a state of decay.

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11- Abandonned docks :


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18- Giant silos :


19- On the horizon, one of the five existing "Unités d'Habitations" built by Le Corbusier :


20- Near the giant silos :


21- Birds, attracted by the grains, flying around :


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26- The yellow "Grue Titan" (Titan Crane), the last remain of the Nantes' shipyards which closed in 1987, a sad moment in the history of a maritime and industrial city like Nantes :


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28- The "Maillé Brézé", an ancient military ship :


29- A classic skyline shot, with the only skyscraper of Nantes on the right (Tour de Bretagne, 144 m) and the dome of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port church on the left :


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32- Some pics of the Nantes' downtown before going back to the river and the docks :


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41- Back to the docks :


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63- The art deco sugar factory "Béghin Say", built in the 1930's :


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69- Another shot of the Nantes' skyline (with the cathedral on the right) :


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71- You can read on the white building "Le Port n'est pas à vendre CGT" (Harbour is not for sale, CGT being a French syndicate).


72- Boats are used for transit in Nantes :


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77- An ancient industrial building transformed into a giant pendulum :


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Rare sights of "ugly" places in France :D

But great shots. I always love industrial and abandoned areas, habours, canals, rust and broken concrete.
Must have been a great fun to take all these photos.

I especially like the first few ones with that bridge. Very impressive.

That pendulum building is cool. It..just pendels all day long? :D
 

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I don't think the Tourist office Nantes will buy and publish your pictures :D

The ugly places are very nice places to make interesting pictures and you did a good job :cheers:
 

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wow, this is one interesting industrial city.
some of the old downtown buildings are really nice.
 
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