Vannes, to the southwest from Rennes, about an hour with the train, is close to the sea and the golf of Morbihan. It has long historical roots with the Veneti living there before the Romans arrived.
It has a beautiful medievil center with old buildings with timber frames, partly still sourrounded by the city wall and its ports, the old entrances into the town. Outside one side of the wall is a lush French garden, which had many visitors this sunny Saturday afternoon.
I in particular liked the old washing house, which snuggles along the curved little stream. While it is a great object for a photograph, washing clothes in the cold water was certainly not that romantic as the pitcure nowadays makes us think.
All over Vannes was a photo exhibition with the themes of “the sea”. In the garden in front of the city wall were pictures of ocean ships approaching New York city – still at a time when European left the old continent to a new, better life in the New World. I think we should not forget our history and that were time in Europe were people had to flee or leave their country – soemtimes for political reasons, sometimes for economic. Well, the situation nowadays with refugees is different, but still we should not forget that Europeans got a new home somewhere else.