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St. Malo and Beyond

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An April 2004 trip to St. Malo by Re Carroll

Walls of St. Malo Photo, St. Malo, France More Photos
Quote: Located in the Normandy region of France, St. Malo was once the home of pirates and explorers. Most of the historic sights are located within the old town called Intra Muros. St. Malo also makes a good base for exploring nearby Mont St. Michel, one of France's best-known abbeys.

St. Malo and Beyond

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Walls of St. Malo Photo, St. Malo, France
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St. Malo has been an important seaport for centuries. At one time it was responsible for supplying a large portion of the royal wealth to the French monarchy through legitimate ventures like the French East India Company as well as the more dubious efforts of the corsairs who used the town as their base. Present-day riches are generated by the boatloads and busloads of tourists who come to explore St. Malo and the surrounding area.The most interesting part of St. Malo is the old walled town called Intra Muros. It is an area best explored on foot, and after a quick overview from Le Petit Train I did just that. One of the most scenic walks is along the stone ramparts that overlook the ba...Read More

L'Artimon

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Hotel

L'Artimon Photo, St. Malo, France
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I arrived in St. Malo without reservations but didn’t expect problems since it was the slow season – wrong! My first- and second-choice hotel was closed and another was too expensive, so I was getting discouraged. I stumbled upon L’Artimon, about a 15-minute walk from Intra Muros. The building’s exterior reminded me of a little village hotel with its cherry-red paint and white-lace curtains hanging in the windows. The interior was not quite as cute. To reach the rooms, you climb a narrow, dark, curving stairway that lead to equally dark hallways lined with worn, dark carpet. Even with the lights on the hall was still dark and gloomy. The rooms were very old, with high ceilings and wallpap...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

L'Artimon
61 Chaussée du Sillon
St. Malo, France
02 99 56 11 98

Restaurant des Ramparts

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Restaurant

Restaurant des Ramparts Photo, St. Malo, France
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On rue Jacques Cartier, just up from the Grande Porte entrance to Intra Muros, is one long line of restaurants, mostly with similar seafood menus and prices. The biggest decision was where, not what, to eat.The night was cold, rainy, and windy, so this restaurant’s heated terrace chauffee covered with a clear tarp was too good to resist. The décor was simple and welcoming – two-tone blue and white with fresh flowers and quirky fish-patterned china. As well as á la carte, they offered a prix-fixe menu, which was a budget traveler’s dream. I had a three-course meal for €12.50, the same price as some of their entrées.The appetizer was an easy choice, Moules Moulienere, mussels steamed in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Restaurant des Ramparts
17, rue Jacques Cartier
St. Malo, France
02 99 40 91 23

La Nouvelle Terrasse

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Restaurant

La Nouvelle Terrasse Photo, St. Malo, France
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Located on the ramparts above Grande Rue, this bar/restaurant/creperie is a nice place to get away from the narrow crowded lanes of the village and also offers nice views of the Abbey and the mud flats. The menu is typical Breton food – huge, fluffy omelettes, galettes (waffles), steamed mussels, roast chicken, crepes, etc. – and a three-course meal starts at €16.I was looking for a light lunch and wanted to sample some of the local cuisine. In a moment of madness, I ordered crème de marrons crepes and cidre au Bretonne, each costing approximately €4. Both had very distinctive flavours that would have been better enjoyed by sharing with another person, as a small taste went a long way. It w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

La Nouvelle Terrasse

St. Malo, France
33 60 14 40

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

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Attraction | "Mont St. Michel"

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey Photo, Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France
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In 708 Aubert, Bishop of Avranches had a sanctuary built 3 miles offshore on a small rocky outcropping to honour St. Michael, the soldier angel. In 966, a group of Benedictine monks moved in and started construction on the church. Mont St. Michel soon became a major religious destination and the Abbey has been expanded and renovated throughout the centuries.Access to the Mont during low tide was a walk from the shore through damp sand, but during high tide, the surrounding area became flooded and the Mont was inaccessible except by boat. Those who miscalculated the tides timetable were either stranded on the Mont or, the really unlucky, drowned. Even with a boat, the rock walls were so steep ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
Abbaye Du Mont-saint-michel
Mont St. Michel, France
02 33 89 80 00

Le Petit Train de Saint Malo

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Attraction

Le Petit Train de Saint Malo Photo, St. Malo, France
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My time in Saint Malo was limited, so I hopped on this little tourist train for a quick introduction to the historic Old Town area. Onboard commentary provided information in a variety of languages, including English.We entered Intra Muros at Porte Saint Vincent. Above the entrance is the Breton coat of arms as well as St. Malo coat of arms, with the motto always faithful. The train made its way slowly through the narrow streets, past Saint-Vincent Cathedral with its pretty rose window. Construction of this cathedral started in the 11th century and continued, along with renovations, for over 700 years. The church spire was not fitted until 1987 – talk about a long wait! Inside the chu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Le Petit Train de Saint Malo

St. Malo, France
33 (0)2 99 40 49 49

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Re Carroll

Re Carroll
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