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So when we left our intrepid adventurers we had just arrived in Rennes. We awoke the next morning to a grey and rainy day. Our hotel had a real continental breakfast, one including cold cuts and a variety of cheeses in addition to pastries and cereal. Yay. However, my stomach decided to rebel and I spent much of the day at the hotel whilst Russell picked up the rental car and drove off to explore Vitre. The particularly frustrating thing was that Blizzard once again cut off my WoW access because of my foreign log-in. And then it was time for Tuesday maintance. So all of that enforced leisure didn't even allow me to play. *grump*

Today was supposed to be fairly clear skies so Russell took off for Mont Saint Michel and I wandered around Rennes. After asking at a newsagent about English language magazines (I had bought an Economist in Aups' train station) since I was out of paper reading material and not wanting to carry the iPad, I got directed to the Rennes train station. The newsagent there not only had magazines but also a selection of "foreign books" which were mostly mysteries and thrillers. I picked up the lastest Donna Leon (13.90 Euros!) after waffling between that an an old Charlaine Harris Harper Connelly mystery I wasn't sure I had read or not.

Fortified with reading material I went to a cafe and had an omelet as I hadn't really eaten much at breakfast (I am sick of ham & cheese!) whilst waiting for the Musee de Bretagne to open at noon. (So maybe it was lunch.) The museum documents the human history of the area from the earliest Paleolithic to more or less the present. The main info plaques are both in French & English which was lovely for me. They had a very interesting assemblege of stone tools and a great collection of Celtic coins. I had managed to leave my cane stool at the hotel so by the time I hit the Middle Ages I was flagging (and frankly less interested anyway). The history of Anne de Bretagne and the end of Breton independence with her marriage to the King of France was interesting (we are staying in Hotel Anne de Bretagne). And there was a room of folk costumes that was great. Unfortunately the practice of museums selling postcards of their collections has not caught on here. They had like six postcards and six bookmarks available... all of medieval illumination (probably from bible or book of days sorts of things). But it was a fine museum to wander for a couple of hours (though benches were a bit sparse for me).

I got back about two hours before Russell and got in some WoW time. Go me. So since I have no France pix... have a WoW illustration of me doing one of the new Troll quests. (*grumble* again about left at home camera.)

We went to dinner at La Chope which we had found last evening but were way too hungry to wait for European dining hours to roll around. I enjoyed "Coquille St-Jacques de ma Grand-Mère" and "Escalope de veau à la crème et champignons" whilst Russell enjoyed a wonderful pork in fruit stew that I can't find on the website menu. He also got the dessert that came with my Menu Chope. It was a lovely meal.

Tomorrow, off to Carnac, I hope.
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