Difference between revisions of "Rennes"
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Rennes is not often mentioned on tourist guides but this medium size town is well worth a visit. It has about 200,000 inhabitants, of which about 50,000 are students. This gives the town a vibrant night life. Some streets, such as the Rue Saint Michel, have only one type of shop on both sides: Bars!(The locals actually call "Rue Saint Michel" "la rue de la soif", which means the "Street of Thirst"). A stroll down Rue Saint Michel on a Friday or Saturday evening is a very interesting experience indeed.
Rennes is particularly nice in early July, during the "Festival des Tombées de la Nuit". Its streets are then full of people enjoying the free street entertainment and eating or drinking at the terraces of the restaurants and cafés.
After the 15th of July, it virtually empties, as most of its inhabitants migrate to the coast until the 15th August. However, some say this period is the best, as you have the town to yourself.
In Rennes, there is a very good public transport system. Rennes offers 38 different bus routes and a metro, with 1 bus every 5 minutes for the metro and main bus lines at the peak hours. This bus and metro network connects all parts of Rennes, and so you're never far from a bus stop. All the bus stops conveniantly have a map (une carte) of Rennes with all the lines on, so there isn't much chance of getting lost. The metro, called the VAL, has only one line with 15 stops and connects the main train station to the centre-ville. STAR (the company that runs the buses and underground) claims that their network has the cheapest prices in France, with a single ticket (valid for an hour after validation) costing €1.10. Day tickets can be bought for €3 a day, and are valid on both the bus and metro. However, a lot of the residents of Rennes rarely pay for the bus as there are rarely any ticket-checkers.