From the transport train hub to the bus gare routiére to the bike rental stand to the boulevards along the river Vilaine,another nice city to walk in Brittany.
more to walk on wooden house or maison en bois, along Rue St-Sauveur, Rue St Guillaume,rue de la Psalette, Rue du Chapitre, rue St Yvés, and Rue des Dames
other interesting streets with monuments are place des Lices, rue saint Michel (rue de la soif or thirst), place Sainte Anne, Rue du Pont-aux-Foulons,Rue du Champ Jacquet, Rue Saint George,
Its a nice way to see the city, feels its buildings and know more about it and its people.
Rennes is no difference, try it, its lovely from ground level or above ground ::)
Fondest memory: walks alone the river Vilaine
The present of this cultural association in Rennes is great as it let me stay in touch with Americans and the culture I grew up with most of my life. The webpage is at
It is by the canal on the river Vilaine at 7, quai Chateaubriand, very nice area and beautiful building , the site of course can be change to English.
Fondest memory: going to the library and browsing all kinds of publications in English.
Favorite thing: The Jardin du Thabor is the park of Rennes, the lungs of the town. However, don't think it is just a park with trees and some benches. No, no, no! This is a religious place, not because it belonged to the Benedictines who gave it the name of the byblical Palestinian mount, but because it's so peaceful, a kind of little heaven. It's also an artistic garden: here and there you will see beautiful white statues of Goddesses and other characters. And what about the wonderful flowers that decorate the garden? No words. This is the place you have to visit in Rennes.
This panel is maybe my fondest memory of Rennes. Imagine how a language- and Europe-lover as I am can feel while reading about LA MAISON DES LANGUES - L'esprit international" ("THE HOUSE OF LANGUAGES - The international spirit"). Even more European and keen at learning languages! Two people are meeting and the motto is Notre avenir passe par les langues ("Our future goes through languages"), a universal truth.
But what makes this advertising poster even more international is the phrase "Good morning" written in many languages: Breton, Spanish, Slovene, French, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech, an Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean...), Romansch, Greek, Italian (wrong spelling, though! We write buongiorno in one word), Danish Norwegian and Swedish, English, German, Russian, Arab (?). If you see any mistakes in this list, please correct me.
So, this is a great message about the importance of learning languages and of being cosmopolites.
The river that flows through Rennes is the Vilaine, which also gives its name to the département of Ille-et-Vilaine, where the Breton capital city is located.
"Vilain" means "ugly, awful" or "bad" in French, but this doesn't seem to be the case of the Rennais river.
Favorite thing: Getting into a church, any church, can make you feel more peaceful... Church of Notre-Dame (Saint Melaine) is such a place, as Thabor park, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole France.
Favorite thing: There are buildings in Rennes which are impressive, like the Opera (neo-classical style, it includes two arcaded residential buildings), the Parliament of Brittany (Bretagne), with a nice courtyard, theaters and museums.
Go to Ecole du Pilotage for driving Formula Renault racing cars. The instructors are proffesionals racing drivers them selves. You will learn how to use the car, how to use the tracks in the right way, how to win another driver and basic laws of Formula contests.
Its a great fun and adrenalin exprience.
Fondest memory: The starting line when all the engines are roaring and you get final instructions from your trainer.
Favorite thing: Concarneau is France's first fishing port. The old city is enclosed in granite ramparts and can be visited by foot. It has retained a lot of its original charm. On Bastille Day (July 14th) about 100 old sailing ships gather in the Bay.
Favorite thing: Rent a car (see transportation below) in Rennes and drive north to Saint-Malo and Mont-St-Michel. On the way, a small town Dinan should be visited to experience the beautiful castle, river (La Rance), valley, and bridges (Vieux Pont and Le Viaduc).
Visit the park 'Tabor'. You can see very nice plants, flowers, singing birds and animals.
Fondest memory: People in Rennes are very kind with tourists /not the same in Paris!/ although it was hard to find somebody who can speak english.
Favorite thing: This is Mont Saint-Michel, a city on a rocky hill. It lays in the Atlantic Ocean and there's only one road to it. It's a really lovely town with a beautiful abbey on top.