Stand in beautiful Brittany, close your eyes, imagine someone holds one massive puzzle-box in front of you, open your eyes… THIS is the point where you can’t help but fall in love with Brittany.
Brittany in France is full of magical moments, panoramic scenery, and extraordinary architecture.
From nature to history, to spirituality, to… the list goes on, and on…
Furthermore, it has a legacy of tall upright stones erected in prehistoric times, known as menhirs. In addition to that, yes the list goes on and on, you will discover many megalithic tombs with a large flat stone laid on upright stones, called dolmens or Portal Tombs. The purpose of the dolmens back in 3000 BC and 2000 BC was to mark burial places. Also, it’s believed they may have had a ritual significance.
Menhirs and dolmens are mainly in Britain and France. Brittany is a beautiful showcase of megalithic monuments and mysterious art vestiges.
Brittany has about 3,000 standing stones through several sites!
Brest is a family-friendly resort. The strikingly beautiful lighthouse stands guard over the ruins of a former abbey. The departure point for trips to the Isles of Ouessant and Molène is a short walk away at the port of Le Conquet. Check out the local area in Plougonvelin – a tiny gem, all of 19 km².
It is worth the 27 km-drive from Rennes to see the small village of Tinténiac with its architecture masterpiece in the form of the church. Originally dating back to XIIc the church is built from granite.
There is no shortage of beaches around Lorient.
The scenery is a reminder of the conquest of India and the East Indies, and World War II.
France’s second largest fishing port is in Lorient, namely Kéroman.
Lorient is a must for seafood lovers with the quayside and fish auctions every morning – a hive of activities with fishermen and boats, getting fresh fish and seafood to the Merville indoor market.
Lorient is known as Celtic land. “With a glorious mix of kilts, Breton bagpipes, Irish fiddles and Galician pipes, the Festival Interceltique celebrates a thriving culture. After the grand parade opened by the local Lann-Bihoué pipe band, there follows a succession of concerts, ‘fest-noz’ and great feasts, full of warmth and friendliness.” – Brittany Tourism.
On Rennes’ east side the Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine basilica is worth a stop. Look out for the 11th century tower and transept from Benedictine abbey of Saint-Melaine. Also the 14th century Gothic arcades.
Known for its traditional half-timbered houses and many beautiful old churches, Rennes is pleasing on the eye. More than 2,000 years ago it was a small Gallic village, namely Condate. Today it’s known for its digital innovation.
This French monument is in use by Rennes’ fire services and other civil administrative offices. However, it has a history going back to 1670 when construction started on the same grounds of the former Benedictine abbey of Saint George way back in 1032. The main abbey building was demolished and the newly built Palais Saint-Georges became the new abbey.
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The easiest is to catch the Eurostar to Paris. After that, take a direct TGV train to Rennes, and other stations beyond, from Paris Gare Montparnasse.