Tuesday 9 May 2017

A Day Out in Vannes

I visited Vannes once before, but it was quite a few years ago so I didn't remember much of it. Well, now that I've been again, I can safely say that this is one of the most beautiful cities I've been to! The fact that it was sunny when we arrived must have helped a little bit ;)

We took Jason's family on a trip around the old town the day before Jason's birthday, and it was a success. We did quite a lot of walking (and quite a lot of eating!) and I couldn't help taking loads of photos as we went on.

We walked along the port and the old fortified walls first, and I literally couldn't believe my eyes. The gardens were so beautiful! I guess we were visiting at the right time as the flowers were in full bloom but it really made my day. I also loved the fact that we could go inside the old lavoirs, where all the ladies would be cleaning the clothes a long time ago.

I booked a table at the crêperie L'ilôt Galette (Really high rated on TripAdvisor so couldn't go wrong with it) as Jason and I wanted his family to taste some of the traditional local food that we love. I've eaten plenty of galettes and crêpes since I was teeny tiny and Jason had already tried a few when he'd visited France with me, and it's one of our favourite meals ever.

Although we were hoping for the galettes to be a little less expensive, the quality of the food and the service made it worth it and we really enjoyed our meal. Jason's family is a bit particular with their food and usually don't enjoy trying new things much, but they seemed to enjoy it as much as us and that made me really happy :)

After the meal, we walked back to the town centre and its little cobblestone streets to explore a bit more and go around small shops. We had to stop by this massive cathedral, one of the main historical buildings that people visit in Vannes, and I was blown away by the stained glass windows more than anything. The colours were so vibrant and there were so many details!

Just before leaving, we stopped at one of the best bakeries in Vannes to get a Kouign amann (delicious Breton cake made out of sugar and butter mainly) as I really wanted everyone to try a good one and this bakery won an award for making the best in the region. We warmed it up in the oven for a few minutes before eating it and honestly, if it wasn't so unhealthy, I would eat some EVERY day ;)

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