Wednesday, June 22, 2016

France: Impressions of Saint-Malo

The night before heading to Saint-Malo we stayed at this peaceful oasis in the French countryside. It was very pleasant to sit on this patio to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea. Later, we were served an awesome dinner and, in the morning, a very generous breakfast.

The ancient coastal city of Saint-Malo, with its ramparts and walls and storied history of corsairs and privateers is a tourist magnet and the day we arrived proved it! Masses of cars and pedestrians made finding our accommodation and a parking space for our car pretty tricky. 

We were driving through these narrow streets, most of them filled with pedestrians on a busy holiday Sunday. Parking was next to impossible.

We arrived at low tide. You could walk out to Fort National.

Next few photos are taken at high tide. St. Malo is well-known for a large tidal surge and the day we arrived it was to be at the maximum. We missed it though 

Looking toward Le Petit Bé

Now you'd need a boat to get to Fort National.

Below is the square in front of our hotel, Place Chateaubriand. Pedestrianized except for the occasional car.

Next two photos are the front of our hotel, Hotel Chateaubriand, 

and this is the rear of the hotel, photo taken from the rampart. That's Don in the open doorway.

and this is me taking that photo ;)