Nantes sits on the River Loire and is now the capital of the region - although it was previously the capital of Brittany. After a great deal of heavy bombing in the Second World War it was extensively rebuilt but still retains the 11 main neighbourhoods that made up the historic city quarters. Today it's one of the most environmentally aware of all French cities - a fact which has earned it the title of European Green Capital for the commitment to cut CO2 emissions. It was also birth place of Jules Verne, author of “Around the World in 80 days”.