Our Honeymoon: Saint-MaloPosted: December 11, 2014
We left Normandie and drove into Bretagne towards our final destination before heading back to Paris for the remainder of our honeymoon. I was very eager to visit the little walled city of Saint-Malo, a world distant from all that is outside of it, yet open to the vast waters of the English Channel resting against it.
Walking through La Ville Intra-Muros reminded us so much of our recent trip to Québec.
There are quite a few references to Québec throughout the city. Here is a statue of Saint-Malo native Jacques Cartier, who set sail from the city to claim Canada for France. James did a report on Cartier when he was in elementary school.
We tried to go to the bar at the Jules Verne themed Hôtel Le Nautilus, but it was for hotel guests only.
We walked along the ramparts that encircle the old city, looking down upon the people filtering through the city gates.
The ramparts culminate at the Château de Saint-Malo. Its difficult to believe that the city was mostly destroyed during the Second World War. The extensive restoration has done such a wonderful job of maintaining the character of the original city.
The sight of boats bobbing in the water fondly reminded me of New England views.
The Feu Du Môle lighthouse and a small fort on the island of Petit Bé can be seen from the walled city.
We walked down to the beach and I waded into the English Channel. That’s Fort National behind me on a tidal island.
We were very glad to end our tour of northern France with Saint-Malo; touching the water felt conclusive and satisfying. We enjoyed every bit of our honeymoon, and although we were ready to return home by the end, I can already tell we will forever feel nostalgic for all of our adventures in France.