Tuesday travels. . . .Rennes

Rennes is the capital of Brittany and it is a town that is well worth visiting.  We visited twice while we were in Brittany and we would like to return when we are next in France.  We barely scratched the surface while we were there.

The architecture of the city is striking and we spent almost a full day wandering around the older parts of the city.  The street trees are stunning as they are pruned to a hedge shape.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

street trees

Rennes is well known for the wooden buildings in the old part of town. You can read a little about its history here.


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Because the buildings are so old there is constant restoration taking place.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs well as the timbered buildings there are magnificent stone buildings to be seen.

Rennes

The Palais du Commerce is in the background of the next photograph.  A beautiful building set in the Place de la République.

Square

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One of the buildings we came across was part of an extensive archaeological dig.

archaeological dig

The signage explains what has taken place on the the site of this old monastery. 2000 Years of history under the Jacobean monastery.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis next sign has some pictures of artifacts they have found during the dig.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis next photo was taken through a gap in the window.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe renovations are creating a new conference facility where once there was a monastery.

On our way to the train station we passed this charcuterie that had an amazing window display.  At first glance I thought it was a patisserie but on closer inspection you can see that they are not pies and cakes but patés and terrines.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext stop St Marlo.

6 thoughts on “Tuesday travels. . . .Rennes

    • The French do such a beautiful job of their cold meats, patés and terrines. I am stunned by the beauty of them. I stood at the window with my mouth agape.

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