I didn’t have any expectations of Rennes as I passed through it on my way to other parts of Bretagne, but I was pleasantly surprised as I discovered the town to be full of canals and old-style houses and gardens. Rennes was also the first place where I ever stayed in a youth hostel (my first of many since!) as well as being the first time I met so many people from around the globe who were backpacking through Europe. (1996)
This is one of the many canals which run through the town of Rennes and give it a unique character. Note the boats along the canal side.
This was the first auberge de jeunesse (youth hostel) I had ever stayed in, so I was lucky to start off with such a nice one (and one that included a really good breakfast in the price too!).
This shot is part of another canal and it gives a better sense of the rustic scenery to be found in the older sections of Rennes.
Although several parts of the city were destroyed in a big fire, some buildings still remain which show the old and colorful style of architecture which used to characterize area.
Rennes also has a large garden park called the Parc du Thabor full of flowers and plants from all over the world