If you're planning to enjoy a camping holiday in the French region of Brittany, then one of the must-visit destinations is undoubtedly Rennes, which is the capital.
The city may not rank among the most popular destinations in France, but it is certainly worth visiting if you consider yourself to be something of a history buff.
Its historic importance can be traced to the fact that it's at the confluence of two rivers. What's more, Rennes is also near to a number of neighbouring regions.
The strategic position of the city was important during the Roman era and the threat of barbarians led to the construction of an intimidating wall around the outskirts of Rennes. The colour of the brick led to Rennes developing the name of the Red Town.
During the Middle Ages, Rennes became part of Breton land and later became the capital of the duchy of Brittany.
Moving to the modern era, Rennes suffered substantial damage during the Second World War, when German aircraft's launched various attacks on the city.
German troops entered the city in 1940 and there were hundreds of deaths suffered in 1943 and 1944 when the US and Royal Air Forces launched their own efforts to recapture the city.
Thereafter, it became a huge prisoner of war camp, with figures showing that there were as many as 50,000 prisoners kept in four camps of various sizes, even though the city was home to just 100,000 people at the time.
In the 1950s however, plans were put in place to rebuild the city following the devastation of the War.
The designs included plans to increase the population of the city and make it the second-fastest growing city in France, behind Toulouse.
So if you are planning to take a camping holiday in France, make the effort to visit this fascinating city.
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