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May 27th 2015
Published: May 27th 2015
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Place du Calvare preparing for the lunch crowd
Monday 25 May 2015

The driver was sent out early on an errand of great importance. Find some milk for breakfast. An easy task. Just pop along to Mr Leclerc collect a bottle or two and back in time to serve Madame with a delightful breakfast. Oh how wrong was he. Mr Leclerc was closed. The roads were quite empty. It didn't bode well for the search of milk. By chance a small City Carrefour was open. Madame had her breakfast.

After breakfast we took the opportunity of driving into the centre of Rennes. The streets were deserted. Had we missed something. As we drove into an underground car park we had the choice of floor and space. We needed a map so off in search of the Tourist Office, not an easy search but well worth it when we found it. A wonderful lady answered our every question. A collection of maps appeared, interesting places to visit were highlighted, and yes it was another public holiday. By chance our new friend had completed a cycle tour of the South Island of NZ in January 2010. She remembered Alexandra well and loved the Rail Trail. Needless to say we
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Parliament of Brittany
had wonderful service and a friend for life.

With map in hand we started on the self-guided walking tour of the city. We discovered some magnificent architecture. Some of the older parts of the city had been destroyed by fire in 1720. The half timbered houses that were built after the fire still stand today. One of these buildings houses a creperie. Brittany is famous for its crepes. So for lunch it was crepes, local cider and coffee. This is the life. The outside seating in the many small squares that early had been deserted was now full and the buzz of talking was great to hear. Rennes had come alive.

Our last stop was the Cathedral. So far most of the cathedrals we have visited are of the Gothic style. Rennes Cathedral is neoclassical style. A cathedral has been on this site for centuries but the current building only goes back to 1704. Even back then the style of a replacement cathedral was quite different to the original building. This is something for Christchurch, NZ, to think about.

What started out to be a dismal day ended with a feeling that Rennes had more to offer
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Place du Chu. Jacquist, the creperie is the middle building
than just people. Without the crowds we were able to sightsee in peace. The day had been warm and sunny. A great day out and a great start to our Brittany experience. Dinner was also an experience. We fell back on Mr McDonald. This outlet was really upmarket. After placing our order at a self service kiosk we took a seat and after a few minutes our meal was delivered to our table. What service.

A big day tomorrow so "home" to bed and a good sleep.


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Interior of Saint Pierre Cathedral
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A quiet spot beside the old wall.


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