Rennes in 10 Days- Summer Festivals, Places to Visit and 11 Delicious Desserts to try !
Rennes, is a Capital City in Brittany, located in Northwestern France. Stepping into the streets of this intriguing city felt like stepping into a beautiful fairy-tale! The narrow maze of cobbled streets, fascinating cathedrals and churches, and little quaint restaurants serving some of the best classic French cuisine (you will experience ever!) will take you back in time allowing you to experience the laid-back, fascinating Northern French culture, that is a whole lot different from the fast paced Parisian culture!
People so laid back and enjoying a music band perform.
People in Brittany hardly speak or understand any English (so be prepared for a culture shock) but you will survive and learn a sentence or two in the process 🙂
TRANSPORT FROM PARIS– We took the TGV (speed train) from Paris, Gare Montparness Station to Rennes Station. As it was out first regional train in France our inbound travel was by first class. Very comfortable and plenty of luggage space. Our return journey was in the general class, the obvious difference was the leg space. Still very comfortable for the 2 hour journey.
WHERE WE STAYED– We stayed at Novotel Spa Rennes Centre Gare that is conveniently located and walkable to the Rennes Train station. The family rooms are luxurious in comparison to Paris- we were given a two story loft for the same single room price paid in Paris. The service though, is as crappy as it can get! The hotel was short on staff and room service was always delayed. Expect 40-60 minutes for a bottle of water to be delivered to your room-like that bad! They hardly spoke or understood any English and we found it difficult to address our concerns. The hotel though is pretty luxurious and comfortable with an indoor pool (that the kids loved) and spa. It is located very central and close to many touristic sites like the Old Town, Thabur Park and Champs Library with the museum is only one block away!….. The area is abundant in restaurants , many of which are open way past midnight !! 🙂
USEFUL APPS– Trainline Eu (formerly Captain Train) app allows you to conveniently book your tickets online.
If you are looking to indulge in Classic French food culture, visit Brittany!!! You wont want to leave this City…. especially after eating this classic Brittany grilled four- cheese toast (bottom left in the picture) !
The “French” fries tasted so good- lighter, crispier and so fresh !!
These are some of my favorite foods from Rennes…. the list goes on! I’m trying to focus on “Desserts” here, so let’s move on 😉
SUMMER FESTIVALS IN RENNES
We were lucky to witness and experience the two biggest festivals of Rennes, One of which was the Summer Music Festival where the first day of summer is marked with a full city holiday shut down and the entire city comes out to the streets for fun, laughter, food and music…
As we strolled around the bustling streets, we saw bands perform and groups or people cheering around in little groups….. Every nook and corner had a band or music group perform! ….around these groups were local food stalls selling fresh crepes. This event went past midnight , we could still hear the music, cheers and laughter as we returned to our hotel!
The other big event that seemed more like festival was the Foot Ball Match!!!….. where France was hosting the world series this time ! The best part of this event was that Televisions were put up (hostel by restaurants) on the streets where all the people gathered with their beer and street food to cheer for their country. We celebrated with them the semi-finals, where France won. Unbelievable energy through those 90 minutes, a memory we still treasure !
Next come the sights and desserts experienced during our stay in Rennes. Enjoy reading !! 🙂