Stendhal stayed in Nantes and documents it in his travel book, Memoires d’un Touriste (1838). A friend and colleague at the CNRS in Paris, Darwin, had recommended I read Stendhal’s travel writing many years ago but I first had to complete Le Rouge et le Noir (1830). Stendhal’s opening section on his first entry for Nantes in June 1837 serves as a good reminder for the flying passenger today; while the other travellers scramble for their suitcases Stendhal, with just his night-bag under his arm, strolls off the landing board and is one of the first to set foot on paving stones of the great city. Where does he go? What advice does he give us for our sojourn in Nantes?