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Monday, May 2, 2011

My world for 24 hours — Saint-Malo, Bretagne

We only had 24 hours to spend in Saint-Malo, an ancient port on the English Channel, in the part of France known as Brittany (Bretagne in French), and it wasn't long enough! At one time, Brittany was as Celtic as Scotland, Ireland and Wales, so I'm hoping that the 1/8 French in my ancestry was from Brittany, so as to get along with the Scottish, Welsh, and Irish bits. Whatever my heritage, I loved Saint-Malo, and I suspect I would love other parts of Brittany as well. Dick says we'll go back. There's even a street with his name on it. Dick does most of our photography now, but these are the pictures I took during our first afternoon there. By the time we had walked as far as the old walled city, I was so exhausted and overheated, I had to take a taxi back to our hotel (we loved the pretty Hotel Rance!) but Dick took lots of photos while I rested, so you can be sure Saint-Malo will be here on my blog again.

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Incoming tide begins to re-float boats stranded earlier.

Down the way from our hotel, beautiful old rooflines.

Rue du Dick, with Dick himself.

Looking across the water to the walled city.

Looking across the sand to the city proper.

Watch that bottom step, it's a doozy! 

Nearing the walled city.


31 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful place! I'd love to visit there! The photos are marvelous! Hope your week is off to a great start, Kay! Enjoy!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful, I love your shot of the city across the sandy beach. I would have wanted more time there too.

ladyfi said...

Such a gorgeous place! Lovely shots.

Martha Z said...

I keep accumulating a list of places I'd like to go back to along with a list of places to see for the first time. There is a lot to see in this wonderful world.

Marie said...

We don't have tides here in the Baltic, so I am always amused to see just how much the water depth varies in these countries with tides - the fact that you can expect your boat to be on dry land for part of the day seems so odd to us.

I haven't ever stayed in Belgium, but only passed through on a train from Paris to Ansterdam, but perhaps I should look at it a little more closely. I'm intrigued by the walled city - I bet there's an interesting story behind that. Thank you for sharing your travels.

Lesley said...

I'm sorry, but I find "rue du Dick" very funny!

Powell River Books said...

So many days, so many "my worlds" for you. It always amazes me when they let boats go aground and then refloat. I would think it would be hard on their hulls. - Margy

Inside Cambodia said...

What a wonderful collection of photos, Kay. I am an unfittie, too, but very raring to go and explore the world :)

Gattina said...

I have never been in this part of France, the farest I got was to Calais !

Wren said...

A nice array of photos, Kay. They show a place of many contrasts. It looks to be a fascinating place to visit.

Friko said...

I've never stayed there but I know the city from having visited Brittany many times. It's lovely.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow I'm so happy for you both, these pictures are beautiful, I'm taking notes here, I want to visit there some day!
Thanks for sharing!
Léia :)

Debbie Smith said...

I knew you would love St Malo, Kay! Thanks for the memories! Indeed you two will have to go back and spend more time in this beautiful region of France. You would also LOVE the Normandy region, specifically Deauville and Honfluer. Maybe during the Apple Festival's!!
Have a fabulous day!
Debbie

aka Penelope said...

Oh, Kay … isn’t that hilarious about Dick finding a street with his name of it! Traveling is exciting but can be a physical strain. Glad you were able to take a cab to rest at a nice hotel. I found some of the places we stayed during our journey in Europe unique and very cozy. Read your thoughtful and carefully considered earlier post with great interest. I think perceptions of public reactions on the global stage escapes people at times. I spent my day helping a party that didn’t win the election yesterday. I was shocked that a leader in our community that overspent taxpayer dollars and showed little respect for the electorate still managed to win and that the former government gained a majority. Very surprising, indeed!

jabblog said...

You've captured the essence of St. Malo, Kay. It looks wonderful. I like la Rue du Dick - how funny:-)

Mara said...

The only thing I ever had named after me was a department. Okay, it was the department of marine whatyamacallit and they spelled my name wrong (Mhara), but still, it was a good effort.

Nel said...

Cool! Nice photos! Congratulations for your work. Have a happy day!
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Gary said...

Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place.

Carver said...

Great shots and sounds like a fascinating place to visit even if it was brief.

Indrani said...

Beautiful scenes. Lovely shots.

Lynette Killam said...

Terrific shots of this lovely little port, Kay! I do like the one of your husband with his own street...I can't even find a key chain with my name on it! I can also sympathize with how hot and tired you were...lots of rest periods are a must for me when we travel.

Like Penelope, I am also surprised at yesterday's election results, and suspect you are too. A Conservative majority was the last thing I wanted, or expected, to see! I'm at least pleased that more people than usual got out there to vote...apathy is insidious and difficult to overcome in our country of comfort and plenitude.

In any case, have a good week, Kay...:)

Lynette

EG Wow said...

What a beautiful part of France!

Reader Wil said...

How fantastic to have a street named after Dick! Lovely photos, Kay!Have a great week!

Mr Puddy said...

Look Beautiful and peaceful, Kay
xoxo

Lew said...

Great shots of Saint-Malo! Good legs, good lungs and confortable shoes are necessities for enjoying the old cities of Europe. Glad you could make it one way and rest on the way back to the hotel.

Kay said...

What an interesting, beautiful city. I can see why you'd want to go back and explore it further. Great shot of Dick and his sign!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A walled city! How beautiful. Seems magical -- I'd want to go back.


We found a 'Rainville Road' in London -- I have the same kind of picture with Bill pointing at it.

cieldequimper said...

Saint Malo, though technically in Brittany, is or rather was much a state in the state of Brittany. The motto of the city is "point françois, point breton, malouin suis" which is old French for "neither French, neither Breton, Malouin I am"... It's a lovely city that unfortunately was pretty much destroyed in 1944 so there aren't that many original features left but they did a good job rebuilding it, didn't they?

cocomino said...

Beautiful cityscape and nature.
I have been to only Paris in France fifteen years ago.