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Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo October 27th 2008

It was difficult to ever imagining leaving Paris, the city that had just begun to feel like home. However I had wanted to visit Mont Saint Michele, after seeing it in a travel book many years ago I knew that if I had the chance I should see it. So on our last full day in Paris, Katherine and I found a travel agency and booked tickets to Saint-Malo and our return ticket to Florence. Unfortunately there is no other direct train to Florence from France, except through Paris. We had originally wanted to go to Nice and get back to Italy that way, but of course there was yet another strike going on in Italy, possibly the only thing you can always count on to happen on time. So our dreams of seeing the South ... read more
St. Malo coastline
Sailing Sailing
Sail boats

Europe » France » Brittany » Brest October 26th 2008

Where to begin? I’ve been so involved here that I’ve forgotten to write. But, thank you friends and family who have been harassing me, now it’s time for another update. I’ve completely fallen in love. Well, with a city. Paris is one of those places that you’ve read about your whole life and seen on TV, and thought, “hmm the Eiffel tower, that’s nice”, but never really considered. It is so much more than a tower, or an arc, or a few museums; it is a living, breathing, vivacious entity. The smells (which are sometimes awful), the people (which yes, are sometimes rude), the metro (which is always dirty), and the food and sights (which are always beautiful), have the ability to completely surround you and make you feel as if you’ve arrived. You’re home. This ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Brest October 6th 2008

The days are beginning to run together, and I can’t believe I’ve already been in France for one week. I woke up this morning to find it a beautiful, if not chilly, fall day in Brest. Sun shinning (which I hear is rare) and I have to say that things have much improved over the last few days. The heat situation is still pretty unfortunate, however. When I asked my school about it, they said “mais, it is cold in Michigan, non?” and I replied, “yes, but we have heat in Michigan”. The heat in France is, apparently, controlled by the government, (Thank you M. Sarkozy) and will not be turned on until Nov 1 (le sigh). There are however, small heaters which can be bought at the Geant (a sort of mall with a ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Brest September 28th 2008

I don't have internet yet, so I'm sorry about the lack of communication. However, I've been writting a little bit to remember what's going on. This isn't quite up to date, but I'll be sure to write more soon! I miss you all! “Seven months! Seven months you are in Brest? I sorry.” These were the first words out of the mouth of my taxi driver after arriving this morning by train. My inflated confidence level after surviving Paris toute seule immediately went from being a 10 to a 3.5. In Paris, everything was logical and seemingly easy. The metro system so clear (no translation needed), the food so delicious (yes please, I’ll have another), and the weather absolutely perfect (scarf, anyone? Mais oui!) Even when getting into my taxi in Paris, right off the plane, ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes September 24th 2008

Hier jai appris que dire salut c'est très familier pour les Français et que Bonjour est plus approprier... Alors bonjour mesdames et messieurs lizeurs de ce blog, Rennes c'est une ville de party, ou il y a un quota impressionnant d'étudiant et un phénomène spectaculaire qui s'intitule la rue de la soif... (l'interprétation doit être littérale). A Rennes nous avons été au musée des beaux art qui était ordinaire et au marché (vive la boufffe). le couple qui nous a heberger etait sympatique, et Vincent est un guitariste chanteur dans le groupe ''de poil'' lucie a une coupe qui ferait un malheur au quebec! A plus, Simon... read more
mymi apres son magazinage
ou est le vrai statue?
hotel de ville


Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo September 22nd 2008

We had a fairly tourist-filled weekend on our trip to northern France. Our bus left Paris at 7am and we headed out to Saint Malo, a city about 4 hours west of Paris. The drive was beautiful, the hills were so green and all the houses were old stone cottages. Upon arriving in Saint Melo, we headed down to walk in the water which was surprisingly blue. It reminded me of water I would see in southern France, rather than in northern France. I didn't have to avoid any barnacles or seaweed, although the limpets were treacherous. It felt so good to be near water again. The streets here were filled with ice cream, crepes, cute french babies, and beautiful architecture. I've already been named the "baby stealer" on this trip, but I can't help it, ... read more
Stained Glass
Saint Malo
Dani et moi

Europe » France » Brittany September 22nd 2008

De la plage, de la plage et plus de plage... a quiberon jai encore manger des huitres et cetait bon miam!!! aussi nous avons dormi dans un hotel de jeunnesse tres bidon, bref nous etions dans une tente. aussi, quand nous sommes arriver, cetait bizzarre, il y avait du monde habille en ninja sur des moto !!!!!! Simon Par contre la dame de l auberge a eu la gentillesse de me donner un sac de couchage et une serviette. Sinon la ville était trop touristique a mon gout!... read more
le ninja
madame shrek

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo September 20th 2008

allo la compagnie! alors, st-malo c était vriament génial la vue sur la mer et le soleil qui nous suit définétivement woow juste pour vous dire je suis lus bronzé en ce moment que je l ai été le reste de l été (mais je voudrais pas vous faire suer) en a fait une super bonne bouffe sur le quai en regardant le coucher de soleil et c était romantique quétaine a souhait! et on a vue des crisss de tabarnac d osti de calice( c est une blague je parle pas vraiment comme ca vous le savez) mais des simonac de petits bateaux en bois! on est allé voir trois musé dont le mémorial qui était de loin notre préféré. bref j ai adoré!! bizzzzous votre mymi ps les crétains de air maroc a la ... read more
simon dans les brise lames
un petit ange

Europe » France » Brittany » Lorient September 13th 2008

Carnac Brittany- Camping Le Moustoir We arrived here on Sunday 7th after a 6 hour tiring drive down and walked round to select a pitch, finally deciding on this one, near the showers and swimming pools. I knew it would be a tricky reverse in but hadn’t counted on the audience that appeared. Martin unwisely built up the scene by saying ; “ watch this and learn!” ...I ask you! I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me and the car and van. ( I later found out that Pete one of the audience was a lorry driver) I fluffed the first approach by coming in too wide so pulled forward and started again. My trusty( ??) observer wasn’t being much help either. I tried again. Now clearly rattled and embarrassed, I failed. ... read more
Martin does the snailmail
Emergency supplies?
The stones

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo September 6th 2008

The plan: Four cyclists from London make their way to the Loire valley, and cycle and camp and cycle and eat cheese, drink wine, visit chateaus, slaughter the language. Our itinerary included Angers, Saumur, Chinon, Azay-le-Rideau, Loches, and Blois. To keep costs down while allowing us to procrastinate planning, we got to France via train to Portsmouth, overnight ferry to St. Malo, train (TER allows full cycles, not TGV) to Angers, and then similarly for the return, train to Caen, overnight ferry, and train back to London. England was suffering from its stereotypical weather of clouds and sporadic rain, and the ferry crossing was rough enough to make our viewing of Prince Caspian in the ferry cinemas very unpleasant. The cabins were all booked, so we had reclining chairs, but we observed seasoned travelers who laid ... read more
St Malo
St Malo
St Malo

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