Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rennes (2 of 3): St. Malo and Rennes.

After our visit to Mont St. Michel we went to St. Malo. Here we spent the afternoon walking on the fortification wall of the city, enjoying the seaside view. We also had some ice-cream at Sanchez's ice-cream parlor (more about this in the next blog). St. Malo is about an hours drive from Rennes. Below are some photos of the afternoon.

 Fortified wall.

View of the sea (note the old sailing ship in the bay).

Zheya on the wall.

Francois and Maria.

Apartments where you could keep an eye on the English-channel.

The conference we attended was in Rennes. This is a lovely city and also the capital of Brittany. Some of the buildings date back to the 15th century and we spent a lot of time wandering between the wooden/concrete/modern buildings, all flowing into each other. Many of the shops sell stuff to eat and the whole next blog will be dedicated to the reason why we love France…food :) Below are some pictures of Rennes.

View from the street.

Beautiful old church. 

Old fortified city gates with drawbridge.  

Both St. Malo and Rennes are well worth a visit.


p.s. Again many thanks to Weronica, Xia and Zheya for the photos, Francois and Maria for hosting us, as well as everyone else for providing a very entertaining time (see also our adventures at Mont St. Michel).

p.p.s. leave a comment if you can't wait to see food :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rennes (1 of 3): Mont St. Michel.

Part of the Computational Biology Group went to Rennes for a  conference  and stayed for the weekend. The group included Marcin, Mats, Weronica, Xia, Zheya and me. After the conference Carina and Olga (Mats' wife) also came over for the weekend. In addition we joined up with a previous colleague, Francois (and his partner Maria). He grew up in Rennes and was therefore was coerced into being the guide for the whole weekend. In total we were 10 people (see video below).

This blog is about our trip to Mont St. Michel and the video below is mostly pictures of the tidal city. The trip started on Saturday morning in two cars and took about 1 hour from Rennes to Mont St. Michel.

Mont St. Michel is located 1 km off the cost. It has been a strategic fortification point since ancient times and became the seat of the St. Michel monastery during the 8th century AD. The whole place is breathtaking. From afar it stands out on the horizon and the size is only appreciated when standing at the bottom. We climbed to the top, past the citadel, to where the monastery is built. The view from here is awesome. We walked trough many stone corridors and chambers and emerged with almost everyone unscathed.

If you ever have the chance a visit is highly recommended.

The following blogs will be about out trip to St. Malo, our stay in Rennes and the magnificent food of France.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quick visit to Dalarna.

Our group went for to Dalarna for two days to plan for the year ahead. We stayed with Lars (a collaborator and former group member). These two photos are just to show how beautiful spring in the Dalarna province is.

A walk through the woods from the meeting place to Lars' house.
The houses where we stayed for the two days (located close to Leksand 3hours by train north-north-west of Uppsala).

Tomorrow in France…


ps. thank you Lars :)