“Prochain Arrêt: Rennes – Next stop: Rennes” The train rolls into the train station, you make your way to the exit, looking around curiously. First priority: getting rid of that heavy suitcase, chatting with your new roommates and relaxing after the long journey. And then it is time to start your new adventure.
I don’t know about you, but one of the first things I did after my arrival was to discover the city. I strolled through the streets of the capital of Brittany, trying to catch all the most important sites. After miles and miles of not knowing where I was going and what I was seeing, I wished for a COVID-friendly guide that would help me discover the city. So, here it is:
Start your adventure at the metro station Republique and take in the view at the Vilaine river. Then dive into the cobbled streets and make your way to the Place de la Mairie where you can see the town hall and opera house. The next stop is Saint Pierre’s Cathedral followed by the Mordelaises Doors, the ancient entrance to the city dating back to the Middle Ages.
If your first day happens to be a Saturday, you’re in luck! The next stop is the Place des Lices, where the second largest market in France takes place on Saturday’s. Take a look into the market halls and buy yourself a typical Breton delicacy like the famous Kouign-Amann.
Gaze up to the beautiful half-timbered houses and count the bars at the Rue Saint-Michel, nickname Rue de la soif, while you stroll to the historic city center at Saint Anne. Start looking for something to eat there, preferably a galette or a baguette and take it with you on your journey (Trust me on this).
Make a quick stop at the Parliament of Brittany that dates back to the 17th century and continue on east to the Palais Saint-Georges, an old Benedictine abbey from the 11th century.
You are nearing the end of this our little tour when you step into the Parc du Thabor. Take in the well-tended nature, the fountains and waterfalls and smell the hundreds of roses (one of my favorites is called “Rhapsodie in blue”). I will leave you here to find a sunny spot to eat your lunch and to enjoy the rest of your day.
À bientôt !