St Malo — A Walled City

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Earlier this week, we decided to take a trip to Saint Malo, in the heart of Brittany. This relatively small city has a particularity: a seaward fortress since the Middle Ages, St Malo still has a 1.8 km wall circling the city. Designed by Vauban, Louis XIV’s military engineer, the wall offers a great view of the city and the harbor.

Through The Walls

Through The Walls

The Harbor

The Harbor

The old “Château de St Malo” (castle of the city) is now the City Hall. The small and narrow streets are typical of France… yes, parking is difficult!

The City Hall

The City Hall

Narrow Streets

Narrow Streets

Saint Malo was the birthplace of Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada, and the city is also famous for its… pirates. Growing up by the sea and close to major trade routes can do that do you I guess!

Seeweed On The Beach

Seeweed On The Beach

Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

St Malo has the highest tides in France… it’s quite impressive! A 14 meters difference between low tide and high tide is common.

On The Beach

On The Beach

Drawing On The Sand

Drawing On The Sand

Because it was still low-season, the city was very quiet and relaxing. We walked on the wall around the city, then on the beach, before feasting on a seafood dinner… and before heading to Rennes, capital of Brittany, the following day.

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18 Comments

  1. Hey Zhu, thank you for the birthday wishes, truly appreciate ti 😀

    This place is so rich in culture and what a nice relaxing day to spend time with your love ones too 😀

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Fascinating pictures. A waled city, that’s something I would have enjoyed seeing!

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  3. Hey, I’ve been to St. Malo. It’s great to see these pictures as reminders of the city. The Wife and I visited there in 2001. I had some great escargot at a restaurant in the old city. However, it had rained that evening and on the way back to our hotel, there were snails everywhere. More snails than I had ever seen in my entire life. They seemed to all slowly coming to get me to punish me for eating their brothers. I didn’t sleep well that night!

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  4. @Spyder – Yep, it’s fun 😉

    @Jessica – I had so much crêpes, I almost ODed on them!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – I have always loved drawing on wet sand… We took a similar pictures years ago in New Zealand I think, we were thinking of it for this one. Thanks!

    @shionge – France is pretty nice to visit! I’m glad I took a break from my North American life.

    @Ghosty – Yeah, it’s pretty unique!

    @Shantanu – It changed quite a bit… prices are higher, people are a bit “blasé”, sometimes things don’t make sense for me. I’ll write about it more next week…

    @johnada – snails are creepy, can’t blame you! Weather wasn’t so good but it didn’t rain at least. Just windy… We stayed inside the walls as well. Pretty unique I’d say!

  5. Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for the tour. St. Malo sounds a bit like St. Augustine, which is another “walled city”. We were just there in the fall. I just love old, historic cities.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip 🙂

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  6. Zhu,

    Brittany is also an extremely lovely city! I can see that you are having a ball…you look great! 😀
    Seafood: j’en adore!!!

    Keep taking them pictures, that way we can pretend that we are there with you 🙂

    Cheers, girl!

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  7. Hi Zhu,
    Looks like you’re still having a wonderful time. The pictures are great and the face you drew on the sand is very similar to those which used to be in your blog last time.
    Nice info about the St Malo tides, I didn’t know that there could be such a big difference between low and high tides.

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