We have just returned from spending a fantastic day in Rennes, about 31 miles from Reminiac. Rennes is the official capital of Brittany and quite a busy, bustling city.

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The thing is, our family is just not used to big towns and this trip was quite an event in our otherwise quiet and peaceful life.

And, most importantly, there were shops… some were dated, for sure, but shops nonetheless! There was even a C&A, would you believe… now, when was the last time you saw a C&A in the UK?

We really enjoyed the fast movement and hubbub that you only find in large towns: cars hooting, the faint police siren, people walking in front of you… stuff that just doesn’t happen in Reminiac. It makes your head spin at times but the feeling is exhilarating.

We treated ourselves to a wonderful lunch at a city centre restaurant called La Taverne de la Marine and ate the freshest, most wonderful seafood. What a great find!

After lunch and a short 15-minute walk, we visited Les Champs Libres, which is Rennes’ cultural centre, science museum, planetarium and exhibition centre. They were holding a temporary exhibition on the earth’s structure, which interested Mark no end… one bit of rock is very much the same as another to me, but I have to be honest, I still found it interesting!

Les Champs Libres 1

After the exhibition, we went to the planetarium section and sat in those amazing seats that tip you up so that you can see the whole ceiling, and we listened to a man explaining our solar system… very, very, good. Iona loved it, she found it fascinating.

After all the day’s excitement, it was time to go back home to the faint drone of a combine harvester… it’s just not the same. Even though I really enjoyed every minute of my day out, I did breathe a sigh of relief. There is a lot to be said about the fresh air, peace and quiet of the countryside.

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