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Rennes Things to Do

  • Parc du Thabor

    I hadn't really explored what to do in Rennes so I looked online and saw that the Parc du Thabor was the top thing to see so we wandered over here after walking through the city. It is a lovely garden, the roses were in bloom and there were several beds filled with flowers. I was a little saddened by the captive birds, although they were really...

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  • St Pierre Cathedral interior

    The interior of Rennes cathedral is notable for the massive ionic columns (43 of them.) To me the most impressive thing to see was the ceiling. Brightly decorated, you will notice also a resemblance to the Pantheon, which it was modelled after. The choir is interesting and rich in symbolism. The bishop had chosen the pelican as his symbol and the...

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  • Cathedral St Pierre

    The Cathedral of Rennes has a very long history, as Rennes was a roman colony, the first cathedral was most likely built on a pagan site. It was totally rebuilt in Gothic style at the end of the 12th century. After that it seems like the site was plagued by bad luck, revolutions and disasters.The West tower was decaying by the 15th century and in...

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Rennes Restaurants

  • Traditional creperie

    This restaurant, and it is a proper restaurant rather than a fast food stop, came recommended from my hotel. Its location is great, right at the edge of Place de Bretagne. On a Friday night it was busy but not noisy. They serve only crepes and gallettes. Having had the common to-go version of these in Paris and other french cities, I really had...

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  • Superbly Authentic and Incredibly Cheap!

    In a 2006 national survey by the "Notre Temps" magazine couscous was in the top three favourite meals enjoyed by the French, the dish having immigrated from the former French colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.However in Brittany the dish probably preceded French colonialism since ports such as Saint-Malo had been trading with North Africa...

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  • The Busiest Place In Town

    I didn't actually eat here but it was a place that caught my professional eye as I was wandering looking for an interesting restaurant for dinner. What caught my eye was the fact that Roadside was absolutely rammed with customers. Not only was the front room, with its couple of tables and communal breakfast bar seating, packed but also the much...

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Rennes Nightlife

  • Crazy Little Bar!

    Having enjoyed a superb Moroccan couscous dinner at Le Ryad I was looking for a suitable bar closer to my hotel for a nightcap or two. I'd passed La Goutte d'Or on my way into the city and had mentally noted it as a potential contender - a proper little locals bar.It was about 11 pm when I arrived and party-time was in full swing with booming music...

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  • A Tad Trendy For My Tastes

    It was the buzzy little terrace spilling out onto the pavement that appealed to me, an ideal spot for sitting with a beer, and a ciggie, to watch the world go by - well, the pretty girls anyway ;-)I wasn't sure whether they did table service, nor what beers to expect, and so I popped in to order at the bar. This turned out to be quite a trendy...

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  • Most famous street from Rennes

    La rue de la soif, literally Thirst street, is Rennes most famous street. Had heard many times about this street and went there last Friday night. Well, it is said to be really animated, which means sometimes there are also some fights. Last Friday was not animated and the bar we went to closed at 12.30am... Anyway, la Rue de la Soif shows hips of...

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Rennes Transportation

  • Le Velo Star

    The city of Rennes has a public bicycle hire service called Le Velo Star which is aimed at both locals and visitors. There are over 900 bikes available which can be collected, or returned, at 83 "stations" around the city.For visitors there is a daily fee of only 1 euro (5 euros for a week) and then you pay according to use, with the first 30...

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  • Ideally Located For Getting Around...

    As the provincial capital of Brittany Rennes is ideally located for getting around by train. Paris is about 2 hours away by TGV. Saint-Malo is about an hour to the north by TGV or TER. To the south is Redon and St-Nazaire whilst to the west you have easy connections to Morlaix (with a branch line to Roscoff), Brest and Quimper.The Gare de Rennes...

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  • Bus Service- Ilenoo line 7

    The Gare Routiere (bus terminal) in Rennes, located right next to the train station, offers a wide variety of connections to many sights around Rennes. Ilenoo is the provider for most bus services in the county. One of the common lines to an important tourist destination is line 7.This goes from Rennes and ends in Dinard. This is the most direct...

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Rennes Shopping

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  • A store dedicated to rain gear

    You wouldn't expect to find a store dedicated to selling rain gear where there is insufficient demand. Rennes does get plenty of rain, with September and October being the heaviest months for precipitation. Though Rennes doesn't get as much rain as western Brittany, it must obviously get enough.My experience was that it would rain, sometimes real...

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  • Huge centre

    This large shopping centre is near the railway station.,and museum. Many shops. Centre in city centre.

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Rennes Local Customs

  • Sundays

    Where other places in France will have limited services on Sundays, Rennes seems to have taken the God's warning about Sunday being the day of rest to heart. Nothing is open on Sundays. The streets are mostly deserted. Tourist services are still available and restaurants are open, though much less crowded than normal.

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  • Local bar

    Opposite the rail station...-- Le Petit Caboulot For locals and visitors. A typical french pub with the main building and the front glass covered extension. A nice place for a relaxing drink of wine or beer etc.

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  • Kissing on the cheeks

    When people meet, they greet with the typical Breton custom of kissing on the cheeks (se faire la bise). As for what I have seen, they exchange either one or two kisses, the two-kiss option seeming slightly predominant.

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Rennes Warnings and Dangers

  • Opening times of the museum

    The main goal of my and my parents' trip to Rennes was to visit the rich Musée des Beaux-Arts ("Museum of Fine Arts"). Our guidebook said that the museum was closed on Tuesdays, so we went there on a Monday. When we saw the palace housing the museum (called Palais des Musées), we noticed that there was no queue and when we arrived at the gate, a...

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  • First get information about...

    First get information about the tides before going to Mont St Michel. Otherwise you might lose your car! Or you can't leave the city for a while... When the tide comes up, the parking lot and the way to Mont St Michel runs under water. It's impossible to get through then.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Rennes Tourist Traps

  • There are many, many street...

    There are many, many street food vendors, some much better than others. The specialties of Brittany are crepes, seafood, especially clams, scallops, schrimp and oysters, cider and mead (hydromel called Chouchen).

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  • Watch out for overpriced...

    Watch out for overpriced souvenirs!Also: when buying film here carefully watch if it wasn't laying in the sun all day. Otherwise you will get bleached colours!Last but not least tips: it's easy getting sunburnt here. Bring along suncream. Watch out when climbing on rocky spots. Watch out for the upcoming tide.

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Rennes What to Pack

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    Bring along some handy backpacks or sportsbags. Dress lightly, but do bring a long trousers and a sweater. It gets colder in the evening.Also handy: besides your bading suit and slippers, you must bring some good walking shoes. Suncream! You can bring your own tent or caravan, lotsa campings here!

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  • Packing List

    Biking Trip Comité régional du tourisme de Bretagne : 1 rue Raoul Ponchon35069 Rennes cedexTél:02 99 36 15 15 - Fax: 02 99 28 44 40 Email: tourism@region-bretagne.fr Web: http://www.tourismebretagne.com

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Rennes Off The Beaten Path

  • Porte Mordellaise

    Though you will see the old medieval streets with half timbered houses nearby, not much remains of the ramparts that once surrounded the city. One such relic is the Porte Mordellaise, that was once the main gate to the city. Today it is at the end of a small street directly across from the Cathedral and nobody seems to have given it much thought in...

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  • Place du Maréchal Foch

    This square is really off the beaten path: my guidebook doesn't mention it and I could only find out its name after a long search on the web. Actually, no touristic attraction makes it worth visit, but you may have a rest there. You can see there a big cross, a fountain, a beautiful house and, far away, two skyscrapers housing a shopping mall...

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  • Broceliande

    This legendary forest lies in the region known today as Paimpont ( Penpon meaning bridge head in Breton) which covers an area of 18,000 acres to the south west of Rennes.This dense shadowy forest has spawned numerous mysteries & legends including one of the most famous legends in western mythology. This enchanted region is the setting for the quest...

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Rennes Sports & Outdoors

  • Stade de la Route de Lorient

    The home of Rennes football club is the stade de la route de lorient. It has recently been renovated and has a capacity of 31 000,which is not bad for a town of 200 000. I used to always love coming here to watch stade rennais, bu would often spend my time watching the other team.

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  • Rouges et Noirs

    If you want to see some football when in Rennes you can watch Stade Rennais play. They are currently in the first division but are always around the relegation zone. Unfortunantely they dont have the support some of the other teams enjoy but they do perform well considering Rennes is a small city of 200 000 people. They have produced some decent...

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Rennes General

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  • Jardin du Thabor

    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...

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  • The house of languages!

    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...

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  • The Vilaine

    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.

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