Monday, May 29, 2017

Saint-Malo, Dinard and Dinan

Our plans for crossing off another of my bucket list destinations was decided against, after our host mentioned that a marathon was being run and finished where we wanted to drive to.
His suggestion was to head to the coast and we were not disappointed. Thank you.
We left after breakfast and I tasted homemade Dandelion jam on my croissant, very nice.
Overcast skies and a little rain with very high humidity.
Saint-Malo from the break-water.
This area is referred to as The Emerald Coast.
A beautiful town.
 The National Fort can be reached on foot at low tide, built 1689 to plans by the military architect Vauban.
 Regular passenger crossings to England.
We spoke to a gentleman who regularly comes across from Guernsey, a 2 hour journey each way..
 Forte La Reine
 Main entrance to the port side town.
 One of France's main port towns.
The ramparts surround the walled town, a 2km walking tour of the wall takes approx 45 minutes.
 Fort du Petit Be
This is a tidal island that you can walk to at low tide.
The French government built the fort on the tiny island in 1667.
  At low tide, a pool emerges and this is the diving board.
The tide was going out and very quickly the steps and edges of the pool emerged.

The Academy for Students who sail and learn.
Next stop on the drive - Dinard
 Crossing the river, the bridge came up to allow 7 sailing boats to pass into the loch.
 Fish and chips, freshly cooked, enjoyed sitting at the beach watching families play.
 Travelling from Saint-Malo by passenger ferry takes 10 minutes.
The Ecluse beach at low tide.  The white squares are bathing boxes.
 It was strange watching 2 canoeists walking the distance with their canoes, reaching the water.
 A footpath takes you around the edge of the town against the sea wall.
We walked for nearly an hour but didn't finish the walk.
  Hundreds of historical mansions, each one more elegant than the next, stand on the Pointe de la Malouine.
This mansion, Les Roches Brunes, on the tip of the headland, is one of the symbols of the town.
Not sure if you would call this art?
It is directly above the walking track, wouldn't want a strong gust of wind!!
Final stop for the day was the town of Dinan.
Each of these drives were approx 1 hour from our stay.
Dinan is one of the most attractive medieval and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 3km long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops

158 steps to the top of the 40m high Tour de I'Horloge for views over Dinan and the surrounding area, you can see as far as Mont St Michel on a clear day.

The quay is lined with old stone houses, many of which are now waterside restaurants and chandler's shops.

Rose of the day.


  1. Dandelion jam sounds interesting.

  2. Thanks for sharing your lovely outing. I love the old houses and scenery.

  3. Another beautiful day out. So much to see wherever you turn.

  4. So much to see off the well beaten trail. What a wonderful day. Love the swimming pool rising out of the sea.

  5. That's an amazing rose!

    What sort of batter does the fish have? It looks darker than Australian fish and chip shop batter.

  6. Like something out of Harry Potter! Even the diving board emerges like magic!

  7. Bill and I spent a love;y day around there. Your blog brought back fond memories

  8. Just love those old buildings. You have some great photos for your memories...