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Rennes & vicinity...


Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, in France.
It has a long history due to its location at the confluence of the Ille and Vilaine rivers.
Rennes is not as famous as many other French town among foreign visitors, we chose to spend a few days there also for this reason, just a little out of most beaten tracks…
We had the pleasure to discover a very lively town, with many charming corners and an impressive old and colourful centre.
I have a special liking for timber-framed houses and in Rennes I was happy to find many preserved ancient houses with that feature. This tradition is explained by the presence of forests around the city.
As in the rest of the Duchy of Brittany, in Rennes, the mediaeval-style timber-framed houses continued to be built until the mid-17th century, much later than the actual Middle Ages themselves.
The fire which broke out on 23 December 1720 destroyed over 900 houses and buildings in just one week. Nevertheless, there are still numerous timber-framed houses to be seen in the streets off the city centre.
Walking at random...
Walking at random...
Oh, we have found the old centre of the town!
Oh, we have found the old centre of the town!
Crêpes, crêpes...
Crêpes, crêpes...
Uhm, I would not have said the weather seemed to cooperate...
Uhm, I would not have said the weather seemed to cooperate...
Unluckily it's not Saturday....
Unluckily it's not Saturday....
Cultural fusion...
Cultural fusion...
Peeping into old courtyards....
Peeping into old courtyards....
Iconic students' car...
Iconic students' car...
And suddenly turning over the corner of a narrow street....
And suddenly turning over the corner of a narrow street....
Details are important...
Details are important...
 Year 1505
Year 1505
Rappelle-toi Marisa - Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Rennes ce jour-là...
Rappelle-toi Marisa - Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Rennes ce jour-là...
Singin' in the rain....
Singin' in the rain....
All is in the spirit you do things with....
All is in the spirit you do things with....
Rain just makes the colours brigther...
Rain just makes the colours brigther...
What had I told you? You see, rain stopped!
What had I told you? You see, rain stopped!
The Town Hall – another face of the architecture of Rennes.
The Town Hall – another face of the architecture of Rennes.
A detail of the Parlement de Bretagne roof....
A detail of the Parlement de Bretagne roof....
Le Parlement  de Bretagne
Le Parlement de Bretagne
Peeping inside Gothic churches....
Peeping inside Gothic churches....
 Old stained glass windows have always a deep charm...
Old stained glass windows have always a deep charm...
The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable...
The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable...
Leaving the darkness of Gothic for the cloudy sky of the streets…
Leaving the darkness of Gothic for the cloudy sky of the streets…
Definitely I have a liking for these ancient crooked houses...
Definitely I have a liking for these ancient crooked houses...
What do you think of a stop at this tavern?
What do you think of a stop at this tavern?
The house of the fanciful windows...
The house of the fanciful windows...
The barrels on the balcony...
The barrels on the balcony...
Unravelling clews of ancient streets…
Unravelling clews of ancient streets…
Place Sainte-Anne....
Place Sainte-Anne....
And when the night starts covering all with her blue veils....
And when the night starts covering all with her blue veils....
Dining out....
Dining out....
There were many options for food....
There were many options for food....
People seem to like ethnic food...
People seem to like ethnic food...
Ancient little houses like company at night....
Ancient little houses like company at night....
The Saint-Aubin Church
The Saint-Aubin Church
The joyful night of Rennes...
The joyful night of Rennes...
Josselin - A village of Bretagne
Josselin - A village of Bretagne
Our first approach with Josselin....
Our first approach with Josselin....
Now it's time for a walk...
Now it's time for a walk...
The gargoyles of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier
The gargoyles of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier
Such a big Cathedral for such a small town!
Such a big Cathedral for such a small town!
Here we are in the main square of Josselin....
Here we are in the main square of Josselin....
The best moments in life are slow...
The best moments in life are slow...
We keep on turning around the Church...
We keep on turning around the Church...
Ah, we found the castle of Josselin
Ah, we found the castle of Josselin
A crêperie just to remind us we are in Bretagne...
A crêperie just to remind us we are in Bretagne...
This is not Disneyland, luckily!
This is not Disneyland, luckily!
An enigmatic window....
An enigmatic window....
The tower of the cathedral....
The tower of the cathedral....
What a suitable house for an antique shop...
What a suitable house for an antique shop...
All streets lead to the main square...
All streets lead to the main square...
The chemist was especially kind....
The chemist was especially kind....
Maybe a beer on our way back...
Maybe a beer on our way back...
Leaving Josselin  with a little of nostalgia...
Leaving Josselin with a little of nostalgia...
Life must be pleasant and sweet here...
Life must be pleasant and sweet here...
The last image from Josselin....
The last image from Josselin....
Vitré - A small town of Bretagne
Vitré - A small town of Bretagne
Cars are really out of place here....
Cars are really out of place here....
Very probably just common people live here, but...
Very probably just common people live here, but...
Ewan was not there....
Ewan was not there....
Getting uphill....
Getting uphill....
And up up...to the castle
And up up...to the castle
Love over centuries....
Love over centuries....
This what a castle should really look like...
This what a castle should really look like...
The proof that it's Vitré...
The proof that it's Vitré...
Even what is modern look ancient...
Even what is modern look ancient...
Notre-Dame de Vitré Church
Notre-Dame de Vitré Church
I have a special liking for ancient stained glass windows...
I have a special liking for ancient stained glass windows...
It's useless to preach...
It's useless to preach...
Please, don't touch the organ...
Please, don't touch the organ...
Leaving the ancient gothic church for more mundane interests...
Leaving the ancient gothic church for more mundane interests...
Vitré is not an open air museum...
Vitré is not an open air museum...
We cannot get tired to wander....
We cannot get tired to wander....
A house of stone is nearly forever....
A house of stone is nearly forever....
Taking the time to look up for ancient details...
Taking the time to look up for ancient details...
Even going shopping can be enjoyable in a street like this one!
Even going shopping can be enjoyable in a street like this one!
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair"
It's so pleasant strolling over this medieval little town!
It's so pleasant strolling over this medieval little town!
This is the image of Vitré we'll keep in our memory...
This is the image of Vitré we'll keep in our memory...
Leaving Rennes...
Leaving Rennes...