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Saint-Malo

Our other main destination on our whirlwind weekend in Brittany was the port city of Saint-Malo. The intramural part of the city was of particular interest to me after reading the wonderful book “All the Light We Cannot See” last year. I highly recommend this book, I loved it. I found myself thinking about the main characters as I walked along the walls, wondering what it might have been like during the war. Saint-Malo was heavily bombed in WWII, and so much of the intramural part of the city (Les Intramuraux) has been rebuilt since then. It retains a lot of it’s charm, however, and was a fun part of town to wander around for the afternoon.

kids, walls, gates

At the gates to Les Intramuraux.

walls, manege

intra mural walk, buildings

Walking along the intramural walls. There are still a few old buildings dotted in there, but the majority were rebuilt.

city walls, buildings

We walked around the top of the walls surrounding Les Intramuraux, and wound around to look over la plage de mole, with it’s tidal swimming pool. The view up to Dinard was just beautiful, moody skies and the sun ready to dip below the horizon. This also happens to be where famed explorer Jacques Cartier set off on his voyages to Canada in the 1500s.

intramuraux.

plage de mole, towards dinard

You can see the slide on the tidal “pool” built into the rocks right at the edge of the beach.

walls, beach

wonky panorama beach

Couldn’t resist sharing this panorama, wonky horizon and all. I love the mood of the sky + clouds.

After a good snack, we headed for the beach. We had to get our fill of the ocean before heading back inland to Loches! The main beach in Saint-Malo is very wide with a long seawall running the entire length, and hotels, restaurants and houses facing the sea. Depending on the phase of the moon, there can be some incredible high tides and massive waves pounding the seawall, similar to the storm watching we British-Columbians experience in Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We were there at a low tide, so not much excitement, but there was loads of flat smooth sand to run on. We enjoyed watching lots of kite-surfers braving the frigid temps to catch some air in the high winds.

beach logs

beach kids

fortress beach

beach, fortress

The kids spent a good hour in the freezing cold running on the beach, leaning into the crazy wind, jumping in the sand, and generally having an awesome time. I marvelled as always at the amazing scenery, incredible aqua water, reflections on the sand, and the moody clouds on the horizon. I took loads of photos. It was a fantastic day.

kids jump

beach run dani

beach fort logs

forteresse nationale

17th century fortress on a tidal island in front of Les Intramuraux, built to protect the inner city.

beach

Looking alllllll the way down to the end of the beach.

us three jump

The kids couldn’t understand how I could jump so high off the ground! Let’s not tell them it’s all in the bend of the knees, we can just let them believe I’m a super jumper.

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3 Comments

  1. Graham and Moira says

    Another wonderful story to add to your year in Europe. Made me think of walking the wall around Dubrovnik which was also heavily bombed and has now been rebuilt. Glad you got your beach time…know how you’ve been missing it.

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  2. Florence Jacquet says

    Hello everybody!! It’s a very good idea to make this blog and to share your travels!! Nico will be happy to see you, Oliver and Danica…I love Saint-Malo because my mother was born here…Your photos are beautifull, and…Lesley, you jump like a champion!!HIHIHI!!

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    • Bonjour Florence! Merci d’avoir visiter notre blog 😊 On a bien aimé visiter St-Malo, une très belle ville! (Et votre anglais est parfait!)

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