Monday, March 21, 2011

Saint-Malo

Today is the first day of spring and we have the weather to go with it.  The moon is very large—it's a supermoon, they say.  All weekend we've had such glorious sunshine that I felt we just had to get away.

Saturday morning we left with Rebecca, Claire, and Olivier to see Saint-Malo for the first time.  Well, it was the first, but it may not be the last.

We first stopped in Rennes to explore a little and have lunch.  Rennes is also a city we don't know well at all though it's only two hours away.

We found ourselves in the middle of one of the biggest weekly food markets in the country—called the Marché des Lices (no English puns, please!) which was started at the current location in 1622 and in its present form since 1965.  It turns out to be an enormous display with hundreds of different shop-keepers and thousands of people coming every Saturday.

Since it was just past noon, and we'd stopped to eat, the girls wanted to taste something from the cheese stands which were just beautiful as well as appetizing!


After lunch we continued another half hour to Saint-Malo where we wanted to see, among other things, the grave of Chateaubriand.

Saint-Malo has a wonderful museum right next to the mairie but you really need a couple of hours to do it justice.

Finally we went out to the little island called Le Grand-be where the author is buried in a very humble, unmarked grave.

We were warned by several people to be sure to get back to land before the tide started to come in at 14:00, apparently it's a treacherous spot—one person was carried away just last night by the tide.

Here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy:


A great French writer wished to rest here in order that he might hear nothing but the sea and the wind.  Passer-by, respect his last wish!


Meanwhile ...

Who can see why I took this picture?

Look very closely in the centre of the photo and you'll see a little ten-year-old boy in a red pullover bent over looking for crabs!  Far more exciting than trying to find an old grave!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting! In the bottom photo, is that the distance between the Grand-Be and the Little-Be? For the life of me, I can't see that little boy - ha ha. I'll have to get out my glasses.

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