30 March 2019
Near Le Vivier sur Mer, the effects of sea tides are readily evident. With it's almost 2-mile wide tidal flats, amphibious boats are used to gather mussels and work oyster fields.
"The rocky finger of the Pointe du Grouin points out and protects the entrance into the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. On this headland, a Grande Randonnée footpath runs around hugging the cliff face and there is a circular walk starting out from Cancale. On their way the walker can enjoy views of the Île des Landes a long barren outcrop (now a bird sanctuary), the lighthouse, the Îles Chausey, Granville on the Normandy coast, and, on a clear day, the outline of Mont Saint-Michel.
"Saint-Malo is a historic French port in Brittany on the Channel coast. The walled city had a long history of piracy, earning much wealth from local extortion and overseas adventures. In 1944, the Allies heavily bombarded Saint-Malo, mistaking it for a major enemy base. Today it is a popular tourist centre, with a ferry terminal serving Portsmouth, Weymouth, and Poole.
In World War II, during fighting in late August and early September 1944, the historic walled city of Saint-Malo was almost totally destroyed by American shelling and bombing as well as British naval gunfire. The Allies believed that the Axis powers had thousands of troops and major armaments built up within the city walls – though there proved to be fewer than 100 troops manning just two anti-aircraft installations, with the much larger and heavily armed Axis presence in strongpoints outside the city walls. The Americans used napalm for the first time. Saint-Malo was rebuilt over a 12-year period from 1948 to 1960.
Much of the action in Anthony Doerr's 2014 award-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, occurs in Saint-Malo. "
Apparently, the reconstruction is so well done, that our untrained eyes could not see evidence of the bombing/shelling.
Birds and boats...
Big and old anchor, seemingly brought back from the depths to live out its existence here.
The two anti-aircraft installations, just kidding....look closely there're three! Gerri: LOL.
More tides, and more crepes...
P is for Gerri, uh, purple, uh, actually it's for paying your parking fee.
More Easter treats; and an out-of-place Irish pub, or at least as out-of-place as they are in the USA.
Old ships that hearken back to the glory days of the city.
Dinan - our overnight town today - another walled city of old. And many cats, but no rats.
"Its geographical setting is exceptional. Instead of nestling on the valley floor, most urban development has been on the hillside, overlooking the river Rance. The area alongside the River Rance is known as the port of Dinan and is connected to the town by the steep streets Rue Jerzual and its continuation outside the walls the Rue de Petit Fort. The medieval town on the hilltop has many fine old buildings, some of which date from the 13th century. The town retains a large section of the city walls, part of which can be walked round. Major historical attractions include the Jacobins Theatre dating from 1224, the flamboyant Gothic St Malo's Church, the Romanesque St Saviour's Basilica, Duchess Anne's Tower and the Château de Dinan."
Gerri walking past Theatre des Jacobins; Gerri with stone burial vault - like a demo model - the facial likeness of the deceased was separately carved and then inserted onto the head - a family coat of arms could also be placed onto the shield.
"Half-timbered" old, old dwellings and shop buildings.
Below left - I just like the French dog out for his ride. To the right, Le Nez Rouge, or Red Nose - a husband/wife team runs this place - they establish a bar/pub, run it for a year or two, sell it and then travel - in fact, they were having their last night tonight, with a private affair for the locals.
In the Red Nose - just before the private event was to start. Other photo, we are going down the street to find the entrance to the city walls walk - we would find it locked up for the night, and so plan to return early in the am.
Onto the city wall walking tour - pretty much had it to ourselves.
Dinan Port on the Rance River
St Saviour's Basilica
Prepare to confess, and then you may have local pastries.
Back to the car, on to the next commune.