Our Honeymoon: Saint-Malo

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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.

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Walking through La Ville Intra-Muros reminded us so much of our recent trip to Québec.

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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.

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We tried to go to the bar at the Jules Verne themed Hôtel Le Nautilus, but it was for hotel guests only.

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We walked along the ramparts that encircle the old city, looking down upon the people filtering through the city gates.

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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.

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The sight of boats bobbing in the water fondly reminded me of New England views.

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The Feu Du Môle lighthouse and a small fort on the island of Petit Bé can be seen from the walled city.

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We walked down to the beach and I waded into the English Channel. That’s Fort National behind me on a tidal island.

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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.

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