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Eye-catching beauty, wonderful history
In a nutshell
Good introduction to Brittany
All our children used to walking, cycling or travelling by car look on a train ride as a real treat particularly an old steamengine pulled train. Which means we don't have a chorus of "Want to go on the little train" whenever they spot a little tourist train!.
One day as we were making our way around the side of the Basilique Saint-Sauveur from a walk in the Jardin Anglais and the ramparts before we heard the bell of the little train or saw it coming we heard a fanfare of horns heralding a motorcycle and car cavalcade followed by the gaily bedecked little train.
But they could not have gone on this one for if followed a procession of bridal cars and carried all the wedding guests around town and to the place of the reception. The hooting of motor horns following a marriage seems a local custom in France, Italy and Spain and is heard more and more in the UK.
Written Apr 7, 2009
Taking a car in to the old town is possible but finding a parking place can be very difficult and quite expensive.
There are only about 3 designated car parks within the Ramparts - the biggest is in Place du Guesclin (except on Market Day).
You can't mistake the Place it is bordered by elegant 18th century houses and a few hotels , and dominated by a huge statue if Bertrand du Guesclin on horseback. It was du Guesclin who defeated the treacherous Duke of Canterbury in 1357.
We discovered that between 12 noon and 2pm parking is free - you need to be ready to take a place vacated by morning shoppers or workers going home for lunch, but that 2 hour slot was enough for a little shopping, a lunchtime snack and people watching, and a short wander through the lanes.
Written Apr 6, 2009