13.09.2010 - 16.09.2010
We took a very packed train from Paris Montparnasse station to Saint Malo. Our interest in going to Saint Malo was because of it being close to Mont Saint Michel and when Jade was a teenager she saw a film based there called Spring. Saint Malo is in northern France, in Brittany. It is a sea side town popular with English tourists due to it's proximty by ferry to Portsmouth. The city was destroyed by about 80% during WWII and was carefully restored by locals to what it looked like historically. We walked from the train station to the old city, which is right next to the sea and a marina. Our accommodation, Hotel de la Nautilis, was in the old city, with a friendly and helpful owner who ended up assisting us to book accommodation at our forthcoming destination of Bordeaux when we were having difficulty finding a place. After dropping our bags off there, we went for a walk atop the city walls and in the old city which has many restaurants, boutiques and patisseries. Seafood and crepes are popular. We walked on top of the city walls for some time, which goes around the circumference of the entire old city, with fantastic views of the beach as you can see from the photos. In summer the beaches are packed and wealthy French have holiday homes by the sea. We went for a walk along the beach and on a walking track and admired the Breton architecture. That night, we relaxed in our hotel watching the few channels that were in English - a British game show with Durham University versus Oxford (guess who won), Antiques Master and Jamie Oliver versus fat American kids (not the official title). The next day we took a bus to Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, which is famous as rocky tidal island and sixth century stronghold with an amazing monastary. We were lucky enough to witness a service conducted by monks and nuns singing medieval hymns. Unfortunately, Jade started to feel sick during the day trip with a swollen left neck gland and feeling nauseous. At first, she thought it was from all the smokers who stand very close to you in public places. But by the next day she still sick and suspected an infected wisdom tooth (the left lower wisdom tooth which hasn't yet erupted). Jade also blamed some Rockford cheese that we ate on the train, which may have somehow gotten through the gum (it is a very strong cheese).