FIRST: St. Malo (if you want to skip this page and go right to Mt. St. Michel, click here)
Having visited both these places before, I wanted to just re-acquaint myself with them on this, potentially my last official-business trip to France. St. Malo is a beautiful Medieval fortress city on the Atlantic just west of Mt. St. Michel, and on the day of my visit it was totally overrun by sports enthusiasts: the city was hosting an annual sporting event, so there really was no place to park, and I simply stopped by the seashore (parked illegally, sorry) and popped a few photos of the Atlantic, and headed to the Loire Valley to see Fontevraud Abbey again (this was a nostalgia tour for me, you see?).
I did not feel too bad doing that since on my previous visit to St. Malo I did manage to get two interesting photos in the old city. This time I was, so to speak, in the city's "newer" (well, newer compared to the walled part of the city) extension to the east.
You can see the city wall in the next 2 photos, and then the photos move eastward just showing the open ocean (there are sea-going vessels in the harbor at St. Malo, so there is a deep channel that allows them to come in).
If you wish to see two more photos I have taken many years ago of St. Malo, use this link. On one of my previous visits to Mt. St. Michel I did the same thing as I did this time, a very quick run over to St. Malo just to catch a glimpse of the ocean, but last time I did manage to get into the walled part of the city.
If you wish to visit St. Malo, here is a good website to consult. I borrowed this aerial view of the greater St. Malo area from this tourist-information web site (the beach pictured above would be behind the walled city at the upper center of the photograph below, so it is not visible):
But, this was a very quick visit to St. Malo, and it came at the end of a very quick visit to Mt. St. Michel which is still on my list as one of France's most intriguing places, so let's go there (again) next.
Go to Mt. St. Michel (this visit)
Go to previous St. Malo visit
See description of St. Malo on a good tourist web site
Go to 2007 yearbook
Go to "Places" page that includes France
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