Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17 - St. Malo, Brittany.

Last week of France travels, traipsing around St. Malo, fortified pirate town on the Brittany coast, and then on to Dinan, slightly inland, with its medieval center and port down cliffside.

Back to Caen to stay the night with good friends, and today it's off to Rouen where they burned Joan of Arc at the stake.
The one green park in St. Malo, at least that I have found. First visit to the town was years and years ago, in the late '80's. The walled city, home to state-sponsored Corsair pirates in the 18th century, was bombed to smithereens in WWII but rebuilt to its former specifications. It exists today as an active port and tourist jewel, with crêpe restaurants, breton knick-knacks, fashion stores (especially shoes), and other businesses.

Being there in November, it is fairly devoid of tourists, the ones we saw either French or English, mainly, and not many of them. Lots of closed, seasonal crêperies, but we found two good ones.
My friend Ken and I spent a lot of time out on the ramparts, wandering out to le Petit Bé, Vauban (french fortress architect under Louis XIV) fortified island. Just made it back as the incoming tide covered the walkway, turning the fort into an island.

The weather in November is wet and drizzly, not too cold, but with sun breaks.

It's great to be able to spend two weeks with a childhood friend who you don't otherwise get a chance to see much of.

Photo by Ken.
Photo by Ken.
Staring out to sea, looking for pirates. Photo by Ken.

Photo by Ken.
Photo by Ken.
Photo by Ken.
 Photo by Ken.
 Photo by Ken.
Photo by Ken.
Cannon on the fort at le Petit Bé. Photo by Ken.

The first crêperie we ate at was run by a friendly husband and wife team, traditional crêpes. The second one, Breizh Café, was started by a French man who fell in love with Japan and created a string of cafés in France and Japan that combine crêpes and japanese food. Very interesting!








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