There is a dreamy, solitary goddess in the empty factory...
In the empty, disquieting hall her pale and bright pure face floated over the limited dusty light, which hardly penetrated from the upper window.
We were nearly hypnotized by the unexpected discovery of the beauty of this human nymphaea.
(Art exhibition in the inner courtyard of the former LU biscuit factory.
A work by Ange Leccia based on images and videos of Laetitia Casta)
The new life of an old biscuit factory....
I like this hybrid place, with the iron pillars of the factory mixed up with the colours of the restaurant chairs, the only long wooden table, the original recipes of a creative cook…
Let’s sit for a drink, before entering that dark
and mysterious door, protected by a black curtain, we can see on the left…
The "LU" café
Since 2000 the former biscuit factory has been transformed in a very lively, original cultural and social place.
Its name, The Lieu Unique, reminds of the Initials of the founders of the biscuit company Lefèvre-Utile.
All the structure of the factory have been restored and conserved and the inner space has utilised to create modern art exhibitions, a book shop, a café, a restaurant and even a Turkish bath.
There is a very unique atmosphere and a deep evocative charm in the whole building by now…
This is not a Disneyland building....
This is not a pastel-candy colour of Disney’s architects, even though it might look like.
This is really an unique place and I think it deserves to have its story told.
Nowadays in Nantes it’s known as “Le Lieu Unique”, that means The Unique Place, and it’s a perfect name for such a peculiar place.
The whole building had been built up in 1886 by a dynasty of local confectioners, the Lefèvre-Utile, and had been for all 20th century a factory of well-known biscuits and cookies called LU.
Then the factory moved away and the building started getting dilapidated and empty…
This is the restored fanciful tower of the factory.
The rest of the story will follow with next picture…
There also something slightly Assyrian-Babylon in these so heavily decorated rooms, golden light, carved wood, stained glass…
Mata Hari might get in at any moment.
The sublime beauty of kitsch exaggeration.
Anyway a simple cup of coffee and an orange juice taste special here…
A last breakfast at "La Cigale"
The pleasure of a cup of coffee in this amazing environment!
"La Cigale" is an impressive example of the Art Nouveau.
In this restaurant built in 1895, we are surrounded by the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque.
One of the most beautiful brasseries in the world with its extraordinary 1900s decoration (classified as a historical site).
The emptiness of the Passage
The story is that…there is not any story.
Just a morning walk.
The gates of the Passage Pommeraye have just been opened, the shops are still closed.
Like in a labyrinth we take the unexpected and indirectly suggested direction to find ourselves inside a kind of marble wedding cake.
We walk out from the other side; some other pedestrians have followed our steps in the meanwhile…
The Passage Pommeraye - A Shopping Mall ancestor...
A perfect 19th Century architectural success, this site combines the neoclassical style with a sumptuous decoration.
A monumental staircase, ornamented with allegorical statues, connects three levels under an elegant glass roof.
The Passage Pommeraye has often been used as scenes for films.
Its elegant boutiques bring life to this listed historic monument.
The ocean wind started blowing and suddenly the sky got blue...
When it’s time to leave a place there are always mixed feelings.
It’s time to go back to Nantes.
It remains a light taste of salt over our lips…
Maybe it’s just the ocean.
Knock, knock, knockin' on the greenish doors...
Maybe the sun his hidden behind an ancient door…
The silence of the fishermen's church
The stormy sky has not the right to get
inside the Curch of Notre-Dame de Pitié.
But also the sunlight is bannished....
It will not be constantly stormy...it's a promise!
And while we are all waiting for a clearer sky....