We flew into Paris and took a quick flight to Nantes where we picked up our car. We spent the night at the Okko Hotel which I highly recommend. Nightly happy hours and a substantial breakfast spread, centrally located, what more could you need??Our first meal was at La Cigalle, a historic restaurant in the heart of Nantes. I couldn’t wait for my first sip of Muscadet paired with fresh oysters! The table-side steak tartare was also amazing!
The next morning we began our journey East. Our first stop was the Sunday market in Angers to pick up picnic supplies.
The next day we said our goodbyes to Hotel Diderot and continued to follow the river East. We stopped at Chateau Villandry to admire the beautiful gardens, Rick Steves does not do this place justice and says to skip it unless you are a garden lover! I completely disagree and it was quite possibly my favorite chateau because of the beautiful grounds.