We took a train from Paris to Rennes, which is the capital of the region of Brittany. Our accommodation was in a historic 17th century building in a cobblestone courtyard. The apartment was tiny but modern, with all of the 21st century conveniences–including a Nespresso coffeemaker. It was located right next to le Cathedrale de Saint Pierre that dates back to the 14th century. Walking there felt like stepping back in time—over very large cobblestones.
The next morning was the Marche des Lices (open market). It is said to be the second largest outdoor market in France ( the largest being somewhere in northern France), covering several city blocks. Indeed it was huge. Held weekly, it is a food and flower–related market only—no crafts or clothing.
We had planned to visit Saint Malo and Dinan while in Rennes, but were so taken with this city that we decided to focus on our current location with its charming architecture, beautiful cathedral (just a few feet away–we could hear the organ playing during masses) and great food.