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French Cycle Trip 2014 Rennes to Vitre

elevation_profile Cycling east out of Rennes was fairly straightforward before we got on to the D29 road, which took us almost all the way into Vitre.

The camping municipal de Saint-Etienne was located due south-east, a couple of miles from the city centre, which was great because we could walk in or catch a bus, from just outside the campsite entrance.

Vitre is a well-preserved fortified town that has a wealth of picturesque houses and a medieval, fairytale castle, which is perched on a rocky outcrop. Until the end of the 17th century, Vitre owed its prosperity to the linen cloth industry, which was exported all over Europe and as far away as South America.

We spent a couple of days exploring Vitre before moving on to our next stop, the historic town of Fougeres.

The Chateau de Vitre

The Chateau de Vitre

Rue de Chateau

Rue de Chateau

The Chateau de Vitre

The Chateau de Vitre

Rue Saint-Louis

Rue Saint-Louis


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French Cycle Trip 2014

Last year we had a lot of family stuff going on and felt unable to travel too far for too long. I also had a mental block when trying to write our blog. I would look at the blank page but feel uninspired. It’s funny how some people can pour their hearts out on to a page – and probably feel better for it – but that white space just left me cold. My distracted mind could not focus, and when I did try to get something down, it just didn’t flow right. Anyway, things have slowly improved and I have a lot of catching up to do!

We did manage to grab two short, 10-day cycle tours, one in early June and the other in early August. I shall work backwards and cover the last holiday first. In August, we caught the ferry from Poole to St Malo and cycled a 200-mile circular route, starting from St Malo, then inland to Rennes, across to Vitre and Fougeres, out to Mont St Michel on the coast and then along the coast back to St Malo.

Our first stop was just a short hop from the ferry to St Suliac, a charming little fishing village and port on the banks of the Rance river. We were lucky enough to squeeze into the campsite as, unbeknown to us, it was the weekend of the village’s annual festival to celebrate the traditions of  the sea and land. The houses were bedecked with fishing nets, the streets had displays of fresh produce from the local fields, many of the villagers were wearing traditional clothes and wooden clogs and gave demonstrations of crafts from days gone by. And all of this was accompanied by much traditional Breton music and dancing. The atmosphere in the village was so friendly and full of fun that we decided to stay on for a couple of days to soak it up, along with a few bowls of the local ‘cidre’!!

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Traditions of the sea and land Festival st-Suliac

Traditions of the sea and land Festival st-Suliac

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