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What to see in Rennes, France

My husband and I are back from a week's exploration in Northern France. The first part of the week we were in the Brittany and Normandy regions, then spent the way back weekend in Paris. I've lived in France for almost fourteen years now, but I have never visited these regions.  We based ourselves in Rennes.

Rennes is in Brittany (Bretagne in French). The historic center of the town still has many of the old medieval and Renaissance half-timbered homes.

Notice how one level extends at times over another and how they are most definitely not straight (just in case you were wondering if I held the camera properly or had had a bit too much cider—more on that later). 

Some street signs are written in both French and Breton (more in common with Gaelic than French).

Stay tuned for more pics—Brittany's famous crepes (and cider), Saint Malo and the Mount St. Michel!


  1. Belle architecture! Mon mari est Normand et nous allons souvent visiter la famille dans la Basse-Normandie, un vrai régale pour les yeux visiter tous ces villages chargé d'histoire et avec beaucoup de charme. Et si un jour vous pouvez faire la côte du Contentin, vous ne serez pas déçus!

  2. I loved these photos! It is so very different from the rest of France I have seen. Looks very German.

    I will need to catch up on the rest of your posts upon my return...or maybe some at the airport : )


  3. I've yet to see this part of France - can't wait for more photos !

  4. I've been dying to see photos of your holiday, and you're delivering! LOVE those half-timbered, not straight, crooked, colorful buildings! What a delightfully charming region, and thank you SO MUCH for sharing! Can't wait to see more!!

  5. Love this area. One of my favorites in France. Great photos, Shani. Cyn


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