"A French city in Bretagne" Top 5 Page for this destination Rennes by Mikebond

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Breton historically but not culturally

Rennes is the historical and administrative capital city of Bretagne, but it has been sharing this role with Nantes along the times.
When I visited it, I had the impression that Rennes and its département Ille-et-Vilaine are not very Breton from the cultural point of view. In fact, this is the only part of the region where Breizhonnec (the Breton language) is not spoken.

However, my VT friend JLBG has remarked that "Rennes is Breton. It is the capital city of the Bretagne Gallo (Haute Bretagne), as opposed to the Bretagne Bretonnante (Basse Bretagne). Local people didn't speak French, but Gallo, a Roman language. Breton doesn't refer only to Low Bretagne."
Thanks to Jean-Louis for pointing this out.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:very clean, with a good public transport system
  • Cons:it isn't a Breton city like the others
  • In a nutshell:A city of students and young people!
  • Last visit to Rennes: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Aug 31, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    Hi, I'm trying to find out something about the "FLITCHING" custom from the 11th century which existed at Ste Melaine--which allegedly was adopted by Lady Juga Baynard in Little Dunmow, England & still continue today.

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    May 12, 2008 at 6:39 AM

    A return visit to your page brings back memories of a long ago trip to France!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    Rennes est bien Bretonne. C'est la capitale de la Bretagne Gallo (Haute Bretagne), par opposition à la Bretagne Bretonnante (Basse Bretagne). On n'y parlait pas Français mais Gallo, une langue Romane. Breton ne veut pas dire uniquement "de Basse Bretagne"

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2006 at 2:31 AM

    Interessante pagina. Assomiglia molto a Fougeres!!!Sto iniziando a creare la pagina di Praga! Buona domenica!

  • codrutz's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2006 at 3:08 AM

    Very interesting virtual trip on the old streets of Rennes. Looks a little bit like Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany, but the walls of the city are not there anymore


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