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Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo July 12th 2020

Met de fiets, bezoek aan Saint-Malo. Een kuststad met een roerige geschiedenis, die een bezoek eigenlijk meer dan waard is. De stad staat op een granieten rotspunt en de huizen zijn gebouwd van graniet. De oude 'ville close' lijkt daardoor wat grauw en onaantastbaar. Dat het dat niet was bleek in 1944 toen de stad door een geallieerd bombardement voor 80% werd verwoest. Met gebruikmaking van het puin heeft men de ville close weer opgebouwd in de stijl van de 18de eeuw die nu ingenomen is door winkels, restaurants en (te) veel toeristen. Het is er bijna aanschuiven door de straatjes. Eigenlijk niet zo veilig in deze coronatijden. Na bijna een uur wachten op onze bestelde crèpes flambées aan een afgeschermd buitentafeltje, waren we het gewoel zowat beu, en maakten we dat we er terug weg ... read more
Saint-Malo  - Bassin Vauban
Saint-Malo - Vestingsmuren van Vauban
Saint-Malo

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo June 5th 2019

Wednesday 5th June After a good night's sleep, this morning I headed back up to the north coast to visit the Cap d'Erquy and the Cap Fréhel. This combination is listed as a Grand Site de France (as was Pointe du Raz, btw. Mont St Michel is World Heritage listed). Arriving at Cap d'Erquy, signs direct you to a car park, where I parked. It turns out that there is a closer car park 500 metres further on, then an even closer car park a further 500 metres past that. So, an extra 2 km walking there and back! The cape itself is quite spectacular, with a jagged coastline and rugged rock formations, with a nice beach a little further east around the point. The vegetation is low and hardy, and the walking track continues around ... read more
Cap d'Erquy
Fort La Latte
Saint Suliac – l'un des Plus Beaux Villages de France

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo June 27th 2017

We really enjoyed our lovely although short stay in Portugal and would certainly recommend it. We then crossed into northern Spain, stopping at Leon, a very old city with a monastery and huge cathedral before heading to the coast to explore a couple of villages and cities there. San Sebastián would have to be our favourite city so far with its stunning sandy bay, old castle and venicular railway to a spot on a hill with amazing views. It is the way of life in Southern Europe to commence work late, close shop for a couple of hours, re-open for a few more and then drink and eat late. Europe is also experiencing exceptionally hot weather at the moment so it is ... read more
Northern Spain barren mountains
Coastal artwork; supposedly the artists best work!  Llanes, Spain
San Sebastian, Spain

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo July 13th 2016

Here we are....for a traditional meal with Christophe! We met in Tokyo bus station at 10pm in the middle of February in 1996...and we have been friends for the last 20 years! We tend to see each others, mainly in France over the last ten years...for the same exact meal....mussels at Leon de Bruxelles. It may be a chain restaurant, but the mussels are always nice! Normally, we meet on each of my visits to Paris, but this time Christophe is staying at his parents...so we are meeting on our way to St Malo...in Nantes. Fun, to note, Christophe is a native from St Malo! This would be the only day without gorgeous weather over the last few weeks. Well, this is ok, we are in Brittany. Still, an umbrella would not be necessary for our ... read more
Galette time!
Lunch with Christophe and my ladies!
Menhir next to Dol de Bretagne

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo May 28th 2015

Wednesday 27 May 2015 Each day as we turn on the GPS we have these thoughts about Polly, our live in guide. We are sure she says, "Good morning, what wonderful place am I taking you to today?" It might even be, "Oh no not you two again, thought I left you at Saint-Michel". Those who know us know we are not GPS savvy so all sorts of wonderful experiences happen. We ended up in the psychiatric hospital in Bayeux on one of our trips. Where to next? We just have to remember Polly is a machine and has no feelings. So today we start our day in St Malo. Shorts or jeans? The sun was shining and it felt good so shorts it was going to be. We seem to be having a great spell ... read more
St Malo
St Malo
Dinan

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo June 4th 2014

GÜN 35 GÜNLERDEN ÇARŞAMBA: Dün gece gökler boşandı.. Sabah gözümüzü açtık fakat dışarı çıkmak mümkün değil..Araç içinde vakit öldürüyoruz Yağmur biraz azalır gibi olunca, mağaradan çıktık. Kahvaltıdan sonra, biraz toparlandık ve tenteyi sahada bırakıp yola çıktık. Yola çıkmak için kampın bulunduğu parkın içinden geçiyoruz. Yeşiller adamı teslim alıyor.. Her taraf yemyeşil .. Nasıl olmasın be kardeşim ? Haziran'ın dördünde, bu kadar yağarsa, olacağı budur elbet.. Giderek ,Saint Malo 'ya vardık.. Saint-Malo Britanya da bir liman kenti. Vakti zamanında korsanların en favori mekanı iken, bugün önemli bir turist merkezi. Burası, tarihte, kimselere yar olamamış ...1590-1593 yıllarında kendileri... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo August 29th 2013

Everything else but the bed at our apartment in Lehon has been great. The bed however is one of those ones with a hard surface to the mattress and we will need to try and figure something out to make it feel softer if our night’s sleep is to get back to what we have enjoyed elsewhere. More to work on that before bedtime tonight. It is a bit overcast this morning but the sky was showing signs of clearing by the time we were in the car heading for nearby St Malo with the idea of getting the replacement for the car fitted and then some sightseeing in the city itself. Heading out of Dinan the GPS was a bit slow in giving an instruction for a directional turn and we ended up in a ... read more
Anyone for sailing on such a beautiful late summer's day,Saint-Malo
The main beach,Saint-Malo
Ferry on it's way to Jersey

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo May 28th 2013

ON THE PRINSENDAM TO ST. MALO, FRANCE Seven days on sea from Hamilton, Bermuda to St. Malo, France may seem like a long time, but the activities on board and the companionship of new acquaintances and friends along with well planned activities and entertainment make everything smooth and easy. St. Malo is on the English Channel and dates from the sixth century. It is the home of Jacques Cartier and others. It was also home to many privateers. When we went ashore this morning, everything was fouled up for a while because of the weather, but, after a delay of greater than an hour, transfer to shore on tenders went OK and I got on my scheduled bus. The adventure began. My first stop was Dinan, an amazing village with buildings dating back to the 1500’s. ... read more
DINAN, FRANCE
CATHEDRAL
DINARD, FRANCE

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo March 11th 2012

Not much news from yesterday, as we left Andorra and tried to boot it back up north as far as we could so we could catch our flight today. We drove from Andorra to Nantes, France which took us 9 hours of driving and 1 hour of waiting (in severe traffic because of an unknown incident). Today we were in a much better position. Being only an hour and a half away from the airport, we had ample time to explore the city we first came into on this trip: St. Malo. We figured that we had too much time on our hands, and didn't know what to expect in st malo (after all, it was Sunday and that's a quiet day). However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Our first order of business when we got ... read more
At the Noyal-Chatillion Market
Crepe from the market
St. Malo (not the walled city part)

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo September 30th 2011

Hey everyone! My apologies for being almost a MONTH late!! I'm really going to try to be more punctual about this :) On verra...we'll see! One month ago... I took a weekend trip with two other F&M students, and a BUNCH of students from the UC schools. Accent took us to Omaha beach, in Normandy, and we stayed in a beautiful little sea-side town called St Malo, in Brittany. We also saw Mont St-Michel and its abbey. So, Saturday of this trip was easily the best day spent in France. In the morning, we took a walk around this huge wall that surrounds St Malo. It was used for defense, but now, it's mostly a spot to hangout and walk around. Mirek, our lovely student excursion planner, gave us a tour of the city. Mirek, who ... read more
Water II
Water III
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