Walk by the river and old center of Rennes
Favorite thing: I love to walk in lovely towns and so glad we have so many in Brittany,not to leave out France.
Rennes is compact, we do come by car, but then just walk all over. The area of the canal levies on the river illé that form with Vilaine the name of the department 35 where Rennes is the capital.
The Ille-et-Rance canal is lovely in city center and link the cities of Rennes with Saint-Malo. It has 3 sections, the first segment, between Rennes and Montreuil-sur-Ille, on the Ille. The second segment, from Montreuil-sur-Ille and Yue, is an artificial channel connecting the city to the river Rance. It has the distinction of having 11 quarters locks. A last section landscaped part of Yue and follows the course of the river Rance to its estuary at Lyvet. The Rance estuary leads finally to Saint-Malo.
The construction of this canal began under Napoleon I. Today, its total length is 84.8 km. It passes through twenty-eight municipalities, including sixteen in Ille-et-Vilaine, and twelve in the Côtes-d'Armor. Two other communes are concerned because they have, each in their territory, important water serving as a reserve for the channel feed: Feins boulet pond with Gosné. These thirty municipalities, must be added the 13 freshwater of the Rance estuary maritime, which is an important part of the waterway of the Manche-Océan link.
and you see it best by bd de Chézy in city center Rennes not far from rue St Malo.
Fondest memory: walking along the canal and bending off to the old center by rue st malo
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- Sailing and Boating
The palais du Commerce
Favorite thing: an imposing building in the pl de la République, beautiful mansion and nice to look at even if now its the post office main office of Rennes.
a bit of history of this wonderful building
The Palais du commerce is a monument bordering South on the place de la République. This construction in sections lasted for nearly 40 years. Before the construction of the docks of the river Vilaine was the location of the western part of the later Palace. Until 1844, the pont neuf, built in 1612, spanned the Vilaine at the location before the middle of the facade of the present Palais du commerce.
The palais du Commerce, was rebuilt after a fire in 1911: a provisional roof on the West Wing and a pediment in the central looking stork.
The first stone was laid on Saturday, February 26, 1887, at the corner of the quai and rue de Nemours. The building was completed for its half West in 1911. The rest in 1929. From the outset it was occupied, on several floors, by the administration of the post and Telegraph (Hotel des Postes), joined by the regional school of fine arts(Beaux-Arts). The ground floor is always dedicated to telecommunications with a post office and a telephone share sales space on the side of the central arch. The Palais du commerce had also hosted the military circle and a radio station (Radio Rennes-PTT as early as 1926, then Radio Bretagne).
The West Wing housed the cafe de la Paix high place of the scene of Rennes at the end of the 19C, and the magazine L'Illustration devoted an article on it in August 19, 1899, due to the notable and cosmopolitan influx which will be urged during the Captain Dreyfus trial.
In 1942, the Nazis built a strange tunnel in concrete from the building to join the quai Lamartine.
Fondest memory: walking on its vast square République with the hectic pace of the city and people watching while having this building as backdrop in marvelous.
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THe Tourist office of Rennes
Favorite thing: not always you talk in a tip about a tourist office, but the one in Rennes is especial.
The former Gothic Chapel of the hospital Saint-Yves, located rue Saint-Yves, is now converted into a museum on the evolution of Rennes, and houses the tourist office of Rennes!!!
lets talk from the pros views on the architecture,
The main façade, on the side of the rue Bouteiller includes a gateway of low bow , surmounted by three niches now vides. Side street Saint-Yves, the facade has four windows including a very large, and one door low also topped niches. The Chapel itself is composed of a nave rectangular, inside a vault and etched quarries of the 15C. Inventory of 1793 attests to the existence of an altarpiece from 1673, like a buffet of organ, demolished on Sunday, November 9, 1800 (18 brumaire year IX) . As a result of the installation of the tourist office, the buildings enclosing the chapel have been transformed into offices and reception area. The nave of the Chapel is equipped with an educational course on the history of Rennes and its architecture, and occasionally receives temporary exhibitions.
a bit of history on the building
The history of the chapel Saint-Yves is intimately linked to the development of hospital activity within the city of Rennes. Thus, on October 8, 1358, Canon Eudon Bouteiller, priest of the diocese of Tréguier, raises the Act of Foundation of a hotel-dieu in Rennes, deciding to turn his Manor and its dependencies in hospice also dedicated to the Virgin. The establishment on the territory of the parish of Saint-etienne, his parish priest, part of the deed of Foundation, entrusts the management to two chaplains to the choice of the prior of the Abbey Saint-Melaine as well as two bourgeois. Very early placed under the invocation of Saint-Yves, freshly canonized in 1347 and also former official of the tregorois diocese, the hospital soon to be rebuilt, starting with the Chapel, taken in 1494 at the site of the former oratory of the manoir.A hospital existed here until 1858 when the current Hôtel-Dieu was build at rue de Cochardiére.
The Chapel, both convent and hospital, will house the cathedral chapter from 1754 to 1790, the Chapel is finally acquired by the city in 1981 to be restauree, then refurbished to house the Rennes Metropole tourism office.
I told you it was unique
Fondest memory: great to mingle with tourism of today in a place so dedicated to helping other seeking greater needs.
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Favorite thing: 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
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Favorite thing: 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.
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Jardin du Thabor
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.
The house of languages!
Fondest memory: 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.
Favorite thing: 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.
Entrance in silence...
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.
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Like in Paris
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.
- Castles and Palaces
Go to Ecole du Pilotage for...
Favorite thing: 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.
Concarneau is France's first...
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.
Rent a car (see transportation...
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...
Favorite thing: 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.
This is Mont Saint-Michel, a...
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.
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