I took this photograph of the main gardens located in the Breton town of Vannes. I took it in the afternoon, from a tower located on the adjoining wall. From there, there was a magnificent view of the layout of the gardens and the golden sunlight among a few scattered clouds (something rather strange in the region of Brittany) which were reflected in the stone walls of the buildings and bridges.
The entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan is in a beautiful and charming medieval town full of Breton houses and with a small harbor. You can visit the cathedral of St Pierre, walls, the Vieux Lavoirs sinks over the river. It is a good place to start touring Britain.
Vannes Cathedral is located in the old part of the city. Its construction took 4 centuries! Gothic style, it includes several chapels decorated with restraint and devotion. The clarity of the tower called Renaissance struck me, in contrast to the semi-darkness that reigns inside the building. A visit full of serenity.
The city of Vannes is surrounded by a magnificent, perfectly preserved wall with two spectacular gates, the prison door and the door of San Vicente Ferrer. You can access both either from within the city or from the outside of the walls. The picture we took was fantastic. Inside, there is a contrast with the half-timbered houses, and on the outside with its fantastic beautiful flowers.
In the entire coast of Brittany we can see beautiful beaches and harbors of the nearby islands of Rhuys, Sarzeau, Navalo, Crouesty, Arzón,and Sussinio and its castle, and megalithic sites which are open to the public and free to enter. You can also visit the menirs and discover the beautiful landscapes of Brittany.
They timbered houses that make Brittany so special have mostly disappeared in fires (they're wooden, after all) and replaced by slate houses. In Vannes, however, you can still find many of these typical buildings. We found some very original home decorated with figures of cherubs in the corners. It's pretty nice to find them as you go walking through the streets.
Gambetta Square is found in one of the exits of Vannes, passing the massive Port Saint Vincent. Suddenly, you leave the old town and see the sea through this urban port. It's linked to the sea by a long, tree-lined channel which you can walk along. In the square, there are bars and restaurants which overlook the harbor, and a few street musician to give you a local soundtrack!
This ancient castle, or rather palace, is situated at one end of the walls of Vannes, and it can be easily missed if you enter the walled medieval city via one of the gates. It was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, and was then converted into a luxury hotel, but its history goes back to medieval times, when Duke John IV decided to expand it closer to the port. This place, with the old washing place, caught my attention in a special way.
This is the most atmospheric region of Vannes. Here there are lots of cafes, restaurants, people strolling ... it is not really a sea port but rather a channel. At the end of this port you can find the boats that offer trips to the Gulf. You must take a cruise to the Gulf of Morbihan if you are in Vannes, we loved it, it is an absolute pleasure if the weather is good, as it was in our case .
We should all recall that at one time, washing clothes was the specific job of women! But you won't find any explanations when you visit the Garenne laundry, located at the entrance to the city by the gate Poterne. In fact, the information I found in a place I like for its tranquility, wasn't consistent: some think that the building dates back to the 16th century, others say it was actually built in the 19th century, eventhough women were already there to wash clothes in the creek. Anyway, for the tourist or traveller of today, it remains an enigmatic place, quiet and peaceful, it's worth the stroll to discover Vannes and its wall.
It is a pleasant outing for families, with nice, high chairs for children. In addition, there is an incredible story about a crocodile found in the sewers of Paris, in 1984! There are shows at different times of the year.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Vannes is just a stone's throw from the Cathedral of St. Peter, and besides an interesting permanent collection, hosts temporary exhibitions of renowned exhibits. In 2012 French Impressionist painters Delacroix and have a presence in the latest exhibition of 30 works brought from other museums. Open: from June to Septemer, every day from 10 to 18. From October to June every day from 10 to 1330. Entrance from €2.60 to 6
As with many other French, European and American cities, Vannes is equipped with a system of urban bicycle rental. One difference, though, is that here you can only organise the rentals online. It's not difficult, but it's only in French, and it's quite fast. Throughout the city, there are bikes that can be rented for 1 day, 1 week, or longer. The day pass is 1 euro, and the first 4 hours of use are free!
Among the different gates in the wall that surrounds the old town of Vannes is the Porte Calmont, which owes its name to the neighbourhood it sits in. Panels, unfortunately only in French, enrich this simple walk with a bit of history.