I found myself ambling through the gorgeous Jardins du Thabor in the charming and ancient city of Rennes, Brittany not too long ago. We were in search of a playground to let our hotel-weary toddler run loose, and I wasn't even particularly thinking about music. We came around a turn, though, and were confronted with an impressive statue of... someone.
I didn't know his face, but I was compelled to read the plaque. Glenmor, Barde de Bretagne, it read. My proverbial ears perked up -- a bard? Like a singer? But I'd never heard of this guy! Clearly he was important enough to warrant a pretty darn big statue in the biggest park in the city where Brittany's parliament meets, though, so he must've been some kind of special. I snapped a few photos and we moved on with our day. When we got back to the hotel, I spent some time Googling the name "Glenmor" and learning all kinds of stuff about the legendary Breton musician and writer. What a funny way to learn about a new-to-me artist! Usually, it's catching a strain of a song on the radio or in a movie that turns me on to something new, not a statue that I happened upon in a public space, but hey! I'm certainly not complaining. Is Glenmor a new name for you, too? Read on and learn a bit more (and check out the statue, while you're at it): Photo Gallery: Glenmor Statue in Rennes, France
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