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Saint-Malo

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    • Day 12

      Power Plant Dinard

      September 17, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Straße führte heute entlang der Rance von Dinard nach SAINT-MALO über ein Wassergezeiten Kraftwerk aus dem Jahr 1966. Damit eine der Tagesaufgaben erledigt.
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    • Day 13

      St. Malo Citadel

      September 19, 2023 in France ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

      Today's market day in St Malo so them off fur a shuftie to see if any thing tempts um. Off they sets on the bikes in to the town un along the prom. There's 2 big ferries docked in the harbour, they must have come in overnight.
      Well Today's the anniversary of when she fell uver last year on holiday, we knows cause it's her mum's birthday and the anniversary the Queens funeral. That's the day when she hurt her hand un knee so what does she do to mark the occasion, she falls off her bike into a bush, again hurting her knee un the hand hers just had operation on. Her ay too bad a bit shook up an aching a bit but they carries on with the day, you cor let the buggers win.

      Well the market was a bit of a flop, handbags and clothes on the out door one but the indoor had, fruit n veg, meat, fish un cheese but they wor tempted.
      Back on the bikes un they peddle thru the town to the Citadel, fur those who dow know, that's a town within walls. They leaves the bikes outside the walls as the roads are narrow un her dow fancy riding uver the cobbles un falling off agin.

      They walks around the narrow streets with all the tall buildings, it's full off restaurants and shops, you certainly won't gu hungry here. They've decided to have lunch out today, just a case of finding somewhere where they can A, read the menu and B, don't sell Mussels and other crappy sea food, and doh get him started on oysters! So guess where , yep a Pizza restaurant. Pizza, Calzone, Cidre and a beer. The Cirdre was served in a jug, un he had tu drink out of a tay cup.

      The table next to them is occupied by 4 Americans un they strike up a conversation, they ask were them from un when they say near Birmingham they say 'Ah Peaky Blinders '. They are on a tour of Europe, they've done Ireland (Dublin), England (Buck Palace and Stonehenge) and now France ( Paris and Mont Michel). Everything they know seems to have come from films and TV series. Yo gorra loft eh ya?

      Bit underwhelmed by the citadel to be honest, all rebuilt after the war but has no charm, buildings are all grey stone and very samey. After lunch they return to bikes un have a short ride along the prom before heading back um. The weather's starting to change, cloudier, windy and certainly cooler.

      She's starting to stiffen up so we'll see what she's like tomorrow morning , we may have to start heading home a bit earlier if her ain't too good.

      The evening ends with a rainbow 🌈 over the town.
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    • Day 59

      Saint Malo

      July 6, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Die Ruine der Cathedrale Saint Pierre d'Aleth.
      Erbaut von dem walisischen Mönch Maclou (Malo) im 6. Jahrhundert. Häufige Überfälle der nomannischen Nachbarn veranlassten die Bewohner im 12 Jahrhundert, auf die gegenüberliegende Felseninsel,
      dem heutigen Saint Malo.
      umzusiedeln.
      Zuerst auf die Stadtmauer und die Stadt von oben angesehen.
      Die Stadtmauer umschließt, wie in Dubrovnik, die ganze Altstadt.
      Nur, hier ist die Stadtmauer kostenlos.
      Dann durch die Gassen geschlendert und die
      neue Cathedrale Saint Vincent, die sechste Station der Tro Breizh, besichtigt.
      Zum Abschluss waren wir noch in dem Lieblingsladen von Inge und eine Crèpes haben wir auch noch genossen.
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    • Day 9

      Op de fiets naar St. Malo

      May 29, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Het is een prima fietsdag. Niet te warm, niet te koud. Een mooi fietspad van bijna 30 km over het traject van een oude spoorweg van Dinan naar Dinard. En dan in Dinard met de pont over naar de oude stad St. Malo. Bijzonder allemaal!Read more

    • Day 10

      Mein Saint Malo!

      September 23, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Vor 38 Jahren bin ich mit der Marine, auf dem U-Jagtboot Thetis, hier in Saint Malo eingelaufen.
      Ich hab mir immer geschworen........"ich komm nochmal zurück!"

      Heute hab ich es endlich geschafft, stehe dort wo ich als junger Matrose (Obergefreiter) über die Reling geschaut habe.🚢
      Laufe in der hübschen Altstadt in den gleichen Straßen und gehe auf der breiten Stadtmauer, wie damals, die Aussicht genießen 😎
      Wie schnell doch die Zeit vergeht.......lang, lang ist es her!
      Ich schwelge den Erinnerungen,......
      damals sprang ich dort am Strand in den Wellen umher und dort tranken wir jungen Burschen unseren 🍾
      Es war eine tolle Zeit und diese Wiederkehr war jetzt mein Wunsch😍

      Für diesen Besuch haben wir uns einen einfachen Übernachtungs-Platz, fast zentral, bei einer Kirche in der Innenstadt ausgesucht und wirklich ruhig geschlafen. [Günther]
      Danke Schatz 😘
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    • Day 21

      St. Malo & Cancale 🦪🦪

      September 4, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      St. Malo gefiel uns außerordentlich gut. Die gesamte Altstadt ist von einer beeindruckenden 1.754 m langen Stadtmauer umgeben, die man komplett begehen kann. In den quirligen Gassen gibt es jede Menge schöne Geschäfte und gute Restaurants. Nach dem Rundgang über die Stadtmauer und einem leckeren Mittagessen bummelten wir kreuz und quer durch die Stadt und besuchten auch noch den sehenswerten Micro-Zoo, der sich in der Stadtmauer befindet.

      Am zweiten Tag unseres Aufenthaltes machten wir eine Radtour nach Cancale. Meine Routenführung war suboptimal und so landeten wir irgendwann im Nirwana. Erst versuchten wir noch unsere Räder über den sandigen Wanderweg zu schieben, aber irgendwann machte auch das keinen Sinn mehr und so kehrten wir um 🙈.

      Ein Gutes hatte das Ganze aber. Wir sahen von oben eine wunderschöne Bucht und googelten daraufhin ein wenig. Und so landeten wir wenig später auf der wunderschön gelegenen Terrasse des Restaurants Colette mit Blick auf den tollen Sandstrand. Nach einem köstlichen Mittagessen ging es weiter in die Austernhauptstadt Cancale (ca. 5.000 Einwohner).

      Der Fischerort gefiel uns super gut. Es herrschte eine tolle Sonntagstimmung. Nicht nur die zahllosen Restaurants waren proppenvoll. Viele holten sich auch einfach auf dem Austernmarkt ein Dutzend frische Austern und ein Fläschchen Weißwein und setzten sich damit auf die Kaimauer. Die leeren Austernschalen wurden einfach auf den Strand geworfen. Sie werden wohl mit der nächsten Flut entsorgt. Es hat richtig Spaß gemacht, das Geschehen um uns herum zu beobachten. Leider war gerade Flut und so konnten wir weder die Austernbänke noch den bei Ebbe trocken liegenden Hafen sehen.
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    • Day 45

      Watching the Tides

      October 4, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      It's a strange feeling walkin on sand, knowing that in a few hours time, it will be 10 metres under the sea. But such is life in magical St Malo. Life in this city is intimately connected to the daily cycle of the rising and falling of the tremendous tides. Just watching the process is a truly hypnotic experience.

      As we left our hotel this morning the tides were at their highest. Although it is now a couple of days past the monthly maximum, the variation between high and low water levels is truly extreme.

      As the waves crashed into the sea wall there were loud thumping noises as the reflecting waves collided with those coming in. Regular sprays of foam were thrown high into the air. Crowds of people had gathered, just to watch the waves.

      Later in the day the sea had retreated many hundreds of metres, revealing a vast expanse of clean sand. This sand becomes a daily playground for a diverse range of activities. Dozens of wind surfers were also making use of the stiff breeze to race back and forth on the water. At the same time, the late afternoon sun was making a bashful appearance from between the clouds to cast an eery light on the Citadel. It really was quite a spectacle.

      In two day's time we will be leaving St Malo and heading back to Nantes to collect a hire car. From there we will be spending a few day's exploring the Dordogne Region. It has been a remarkable trip but our thoughts are starting to turn back to those waiting for us in Australia.
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    • Day 43

      Hello St Malo

      October 2, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      It is a great feeling to complete something that has been anticipated for such a long time. It is an even greater feeling when you have been able to share the experience with a group of like minded people. Unless you have actually done something like this, it is very difficult to convey exactly what it is like.

      After being through so much together, the members of the group really do begin to feel like some sort of extended family. That always makes it somewhat difficult when the ride eventually finishes and the time for farewells starts.

      Although the "official" trip finished this morning after breakfast,, the final time the whole group was together was at dinner last night. Several had to leave early this morning to catch trains to various other places. By the time we sat down for breakfast, we knew that our group was already beginning the process of breaking up. We will surely miss the fun and camaraderie that was an integral part of every day of the past 5 weeks.

      For six of us, the adventure will continue a little longer as we make our way north to St Malo. This is a wonderful coastal city in Brittany that we fell in love with several years ago. We have been back many times since then and never fail to be mesmerised by the place.

      St Malo has a rich history, being home to numerous privateers (state pirates) from the 16th to 19th centuries. It was also the site of a very important German naval base in WW2. When the German commander refused to surrender at any cost, it meant that the original old city was almost completely destroyed in the allied bombardment. It was then rapidly reconstructed in the 1950s. At first glance the city still looks medieval, however on close inspection, you can see that it is a brilliant reconstruction of what was originally here.

      There is another natural phenomenon that makes this place special - the super tides. The coastline in this region is home to some of the most extreme tidal variations on the planet. In fact the variation between high and low tides can regularly exceed 10 metres. In order to protect the city of these huge tides a massive stone sea wall has been constructed. Even with the impressive wall, at times of the king tides, the huge waves can go over the wall and crash into the waterfront buildings. At such times huge crowds gather to watch the spectacle.

      We had all had a marvellous time in Le Croisic, so much so that several of the group started to dream about how good it would be to retire there. But now the time had come for us to leave. Along with Maggie and me, there would be 4 others travelling with us to St Malo. This included Gerry and Gael and also Annie and Kay.

      The trip to St Malo meant that we would have to take three train trips. First we had to travel to Nantes, then take a second train to Rennes, and finally a third train to St Malo. Such trips can be much more exhausting than cycling, especially when you have to rapidly drag your luggage up and down numerous staircases in a very limited amount of time. It is at times like this that everyone decides that their luggage is too heavy, but no one ever remembers that when the time comes for their next trip.

      Somehow we all managed to survive the trains and we finally arrived at the Gare St Malo at 6.30 pm. Of course we still had a very lengthy walk to the Hotel Beaufort. It must be quite a comical sight seeing six old people dragging their suitcases over cobblestoned steets, vainly trying to dodge the dog poo and avoid snapping the castors off their bags each time they bounced over a curb.

      Eventually six exhausted seniors arrived at the hotel. For us it felt like we were back home. The hotel is situated right on the ocean front and the views are priceless. The manager explained to us that we had arrived right at the time of the "very dangerous king tide" that would arrive in just two hour's time. In order to help protect the hotel they proceeded to fasten wooden shutters and armoured glass panels to the seaward facing windows. I had always wanted to witness the king tides, but had not realised that it was due on the very night of our arrival.

      Although the tide rose right on time at 10.38 pm, the sea was quite peaceful. No waves came crashing through our first floor windows. I was just slightly disappointed.
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    • Day 44

      The St Malo Citadel

      October 3, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Apart from watching the never ending performance of the rising and falling of the huge tides, the other major attractions of St Malo are walking the huge sea wall and exploring the so called "old city". With such monumental tides and damaging waves to defend against, the city requires a very serious barrier to prevent their buildings being destroyed by the marine onslaught.

      The major part of these defenses is a gigantic stone wall that has been erected along the Atlantic coastline. Not only does this wall provide a primary defence against the huge waves, but it also gives the people of St Malo a perfect place to walk, jog, cycle, roller skate or walk the dog. At any time of the day you will find a continuous passing parade of people and dogs moving past.

      The old city (aka "The Citadel" is an impressive walled city that was home to a German garrison in WW2. The commander of the garrison refused to surrender and this resulted in nearly all of the original structure being destroyed by allied shelling and bombing. It was a complete waste of a priceless historic relic. An intensive 12 years rebuilding plan from 1948 to 1960 resulted in the construction of the current reproduction of the original city.

      On our first free day in St Malo we had no ambitious plans, apart from walking to the city and then wandering the full length of the sea wall. So that's exactly what we did. We even got to see a couple of dolphins cavorting near the water's edge. It was a perfect day and an ideal way to relax after our long days on the bike.
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    • Day 58

      Rothéneuf

      July 5, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      War eine gute Idee mit dem weiterfahren. So haben wir noch einen schönen Platz bekommen.
      3 Stunden später wäre schon schlechter gewesen.
      Hier in Rothéneuf sind die Rochers Skulptés.
      Der Priester Abbé Adolphe Fouré hat in über 16 Jahren bis zu seinem Tod 1910 über 300 Heilige und Dämonen in den Fels geschlagen.
      Leider lässt das anbrandende Salzwasser die Skulpturen immer mehr Verwitterung.
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