I was lucky to find a host through CouchSurfing.org in Rennes for three nights. I slept and ate very well during my stay there. I was shown the best local food and I was extremely comfortable. My wonderful hostess showed me around the city and provided wonderful conversations during my stay. Rennes served as my base camp during my day trip to Mont Saint Michel.
I finished reading The Professor and the Madman on the bus back from Mont Saint Michel. Great book.
I spent the next week in Nantes, where I was hosted by a couple new friends. Nantes is a delightful city with proximity to a range of Atlantic beaches. I got to visit and swim in beaches in Pornic and Saint Nazaire. Saint Nazaire has the remains of an old heavily fortified u-boat submarine base from the second world war. Additionally, I visited a beach in La Baule, which was made famous by Jacque Tati's Monsieur Hulot's Holiday.