Rennes, the entry to Brittany and nice Christmas market!!!

I love to update this post for you, doing my routine of updating older posts this was nice. And not only nice was in home country of  Bretagne at Rennes ,the capital city for the region which we enjoy going over the years. Several posts on Rennes in my blog, you are welcome to read them and thanks for stopping by! This is Christmas time 2016!!! as there is always time for Christmas!!!

 So after doing all the days’s errands in precision clockwork fashion we decided to unwind and head for Rennes, and its Christmas market. I have written afterward several posts on the city of Rennes, and it is been always a nice visit, even used their train station!!  We went by car of course, along the road D16 into Locminé where we took the road N24 straight into Rennes. Passing by the big football/soccer stadium into downtown or city center area around the Place du Colombier Christmas market area. The market wias open until December 31st  and from 10h to 20h; and each day there will be a showcase chalet of the 40 there present.

There are , also,chalets presentation at the Place du Parlement, and Place Hoche, (creation market until Dec 24th) until December 25th from 10h30 to 20h. We pick the Place du Colombier square  because it is surrounded by lots of shops ,shopping centers and restos and walking distance from the train station and metro A station; both very good for those coming in public transport.  the STAR network tells you all about metro/subway/tube and bus services . The train station (gare de Rennes) is great with a wonderful bus station as well, next door.  As we came by car , only 1h40 from our house door to door, we saw the underground parkings all full  ,the city was busting with Christmas activity;so I headed for the train station not far from where we wanted to see anyway. The Gare Nord parking is great several floors of parking, we stay for about 3 hours and only paid 3,80€.



Once landed, we walk, always the best way to see a city, etc. We took the direction  along rue Gurvand  into rue de l’alma right into the place du Colombier and voilà the amusements rides and chalets of the Marché de Noêl.



The first you see are the amusement rides ,these were huge full of color and pack with youth and families. You buy the tickets as needed for the rides you want to take and you go. The rides were a bit wild for me hohoho! but the food of the chichis (churros) and  croustillant (fry balls of choux pastry) at Mignon were delicious. The ambiance fantastic. 




We walked over the chalets where many merchants were selling trinkets of all sorts and more food like Comté cheeses, and sausages, and hot red and white wine, all around the shopping centers. The wonderful Mercure hotel where I have stayed is lavishly decorated in season’s motifs.

For memory the best looking rides or taken when kids were younger are the Grande Roué or Big Wheel, and the top spin balancing wheel. There are smaller rides like the go crazy cars bumpers and shooting gallery; plenty of coins machines with the tokens and food outlets.


The shopping centers are walking distance like at each end of the square Colombier (place du colombier) ,one is call the Centre Commercial Les 3 Soleils, has a Carrefour as anchor and 40 stores, next is the metro line A Charles de Gaulle. The other is the centre commercial Colombia, where the stores are a bit more upscale but equally nice to browse and good ones such as H&M and Monoprix, Sephora, FNAC, and Yves Rocher.


The Rennes Christmas market webpage:

The Rennes tourist office:

The city of Rennes on public transports:

In all it is a nice Christmas market or Marché de Noêl , and Rennes is always nice to go, good town ambiance, of course great for youngsters as it is a major University town.  Enjoy the season, all year around!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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