EUROPE 2016 Part Two: Five Days in Brittany

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.

Walking down the little street toward the church

Walking down the little cobblestone street toward the cathedral

Around the corner (cathedral wall on the left)

Around the corner (cathedral wall on the left)

To our door--end of building on the right

To our door–end of building on the left

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.

marches-des-lices

selling-flowersselling-vegsWe 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.street

arthitecture

Le Petit Baigneax, our favorite little restaurant

Le Petit Baigneax, our favorite little restaurant

Cathedral interior

Cathedral interior

palais

Palais Saint George, situated in the middle of the city

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