The City of Rennes, France

Posted: 3rd June 2010 by Luciano Araujo in Photography, Summer 2010 in France, Travel

I have been in Rennes, France for a week now and I think its safe to give a quick report on the city and show some photos. Rennes is the capital of Bretagne, region northwest of France near the United Kingdom. Actually, the weather here is very similar to the one in London; it rains often and is quite cold! The best way to describe the city is a medium size charming college town. There is an old downtown with many timber houses, cafes, narrow streets, and stone roads. This area is my favorite and I often go there after my day is over at the research center to sit at a cafe and have some food and wine.

The people are generally polite and the majority are young university students. There are many places to go out and have fun and I will do a separate entry specific to the nightlife in Rennes including the legendary Rue de la Soif. Most people don’t speak English around town and the ones who do speak the bare minimum. This is actually good because it forces me to learn some basic French just to get around.

Nice afternoon - Rennes, France

Nice afternoon - Rennes, France

Apart from the old town, there are some areas that are quite modern but I have yet to fully explore them. Rennes also has some beautiful parks with fabulous gardens which I cannot wait to go explore one of these days.

The public transportation system here is very good. There are major bus lines that cross town and run often. There is even one underground metro line which crosses the town south to north. I purchased an unlimited monthly pass for 38 Euros which gives me access to all buses, metro, and bicycles. The bus line I mainly use is line #4 which has hourly service all night long from Wednesday through Sunday, which enables me to be out late! :)

In Rennes, most stores close at around 7 in the evening. So on a weekday I usually arrive in the downtown area at 6ish and there is a sense of hurry in the air with people walking around trying to buy their baguette before heading home, or getting their letter in the mail. After 7 the streets are calmer and only bars and restaurants are open. On a sunny day you see cafes full of people enjoying their drinks and smoking a cigarette. During the summer days, the sun is out until around 10:30 in the evening so it feels like you have having lunch at an outside bar when in reality you are having dinner at 8 pm.

Below are a few shots of the city so far! I haven’t been out with my camera that much but it gives you a good idea of where I am. Does anyone want to come visit?

l'Hôtel de Ville - Rennes, France

l'Hôtel de Ville - Rennes, France

Clock tower at l'Hôtel de Ville - Rennes, France

Clock tower at l'Hôtel de Ville - Rennes, France

Love in Rennes - Parlament de Bretagne - Rennes, France

Love in Rennes - Parlament de Bretagne - Rennes, France

Rennes, France

Rennes, France

Rue Saint Michel - Rue de la Soif - Rennes, France

Rue Saint Michel - Rue de la Soif - Rennes, France

Typical timber houses with cafe - Rennes, France

Typical timber houses with cafe - Rennes, France

Vintage media store - Rennes, France

Vintage media store - Rennes, France

Creperie - Rennes, France

Creperie - Rennes, France

Timber house façade - Rennes, France

Timber house façade - Rennes, France

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre - Rennes, France

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre - Rennes, France

Street in la Ville - Rennes, France

Street in la Ville - Rennes, France

Menu display of a restaurant - Rennes, France

Menu display of a restaurant - Rennes, France

  1. Solange says:

    Luciano, esta ciudad esta muy bella y las fotos están increíbles!!!!!!!!!! I will be on the next flight to go visit you LOL xoxoxo

  2. Jeremy says:

    Wow bro you are holding it down behind the lens! Great shots and the area looks very beautiful. Can’t wait for the nightlife entry!

  3. Thomas says:

    great blog! keep posting
    salut!