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St. Malo - City of Corsairs

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A September 2004 trip to St. Malo by su-lin

Le Grand Hotel des Thermes Photo, St. Malo, France More Photos
Quote: I recently attended a conference in St. Malo, a town renowned for pirates (corsairs) in its history and for some of the fastest tides in Europe.

Le Grand Hotel des Thermes

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Le Grand Hotel des Thermes Photo, St. Malo, France
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A friend and I shared a twin room in this wonderful four-star hotel located by the sea in St. Malo. It is about a 20-minute walk from the old, walled city, but the walk is a very pleasant one running alongside the beach. Our room had a balcony overlooking St. Malo, but others had balconies or bay windows overlooking the beach! The rate on our room was negotiated by the organisers of the conference that we were attending and included breakfast. The twin beds were placed side by side, as if it were a king bed. A TV, desk, mini-bar fridge, wardrobes, table, and chairs completed the furniture. A mini-safe was provided in the wardrobe and proved to be useful for our spare cash. The bathroom was spli...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Le Grand Hotel des Thermes
Grande Plage du Sillon
St. Malo, France
(02) 9940-7575

Brasserie du Sillon

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Brasserie du Sillon Photo, St. Malo, France
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There was a large group of us (I think a dozen), and we were looking for a splendid meal. We headed for the Brasserie du Sillon, which I had noticed was packed to the gills the night before. The restaurant has a wonderful view of the beach. We chose from the 30€ menu. Our first course would be a seafood platter (minimum 2 people), most people chose either fish or beef for their second course, cheese was the third course, and finally, we could choose from the lengthy dessert menu for our final course. First course We shared three large platters of seafood between the 12 of us. Each had a base of ice and seaweed, topped first with a giant's handful of little black sea sna...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Brasserie du Sillon
3 Chaussee du Sillon
St. Malo, France
(99) 561-074

Café Licorne

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Restaurant

Café Licorne Photo, St. Malo, France
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It was 8:30pm, and we had just arrived in St. Malo. Coincidentally, we ran into each other at the hotel reception-we were all checking in. By the time we met downstairs again for dinner, it was already 9pm. We (there were 5 of us) walked out of the hotel and towards the centre of town. We wanted crepes-not just crepes but galettes, those thin buckwheat pancakes that are a specialty of Brittany. We passed by one empty restaurant and entered another full of locals. The proprietor approached us with a terrified face, "We've stopped serving!" In fact, everything around us was starting to close. St. Malo is not a big city. We decided to make the trek to the walled city. Surely the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Café Licorne
6 Place Chateaubriand
St. Malo, France
(99) 400-518

Bistro de Jean

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Restaurant

Bistro de Jean Photo, St. Malo, France
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Restaurant closing days vary in St. Malo. Some will close on a Monday, others on a Wednesday. Others still will close on Sundays and so forth. On this particular Monday, a small group of us wandered around the walled city looking for a restaurant that was not closed or full. We happened upon the Bistro de Jean, a quaint restaurant that was about half full. A couple seemed to be running the front of the bistro, with a woman taking orders and a man serving the food. She brought us a small blackboard with the day's menu on it, and we reckon the menu is determined by what's good in the markets that day. There was a selection of about seven starters, main dishes, and desserts. Most of the group were ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2004

Bistro de Jean
6 Rue de la Corne de Cerfe
St. Malo, France
(299) 409-868

Aquatonic Maze

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After days of walking along St Malo's cobblestones with hard shoes on, my feet were very sore. There had also been ong days lugging around a heavy handbag, and, occasionally, my laptop was making my shoulders ache. It was time to check out the hotel's (Le Grand Hotel des Thermes - see separate entry) famous Aquatonic Maze. Thanks to a late checkout, the morning could be dedicated to this - the hotel's own invention. Don't go expecting a proper maze - it's more of a large pool with various stations that you can attend with supposed benefits for different parts of the body. A pool-plan can be found on their website. The poo...Read More

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