After arriving at Saint-Malo, we decided to go exploring in the town. Saint-Malo has a reputation as a haven for privateers, as the governor of the city gave out letters of permission for captains of ships that sailed from there to plunder non-French ships and seek refuge there. The tides and the fortifications of the city made it an easy place to defend. As a result, it became a very wealthy town.
|Approaching Saint-Malo from the water feels like going back in time.|
The skyline from the sea is beautiful.
|We are approaching the 'sill' at the marina entrance. The sill keeps|
the water at a minimum depth. The sign shows that the water level right now
is still 5.31 metres ABOVE the sill!
|Wow, the tides must wildly vary here.|
|Yes, they do.|
9 metre tides. Crazy.
|Big tides means every twelve hours it is easy to dry your boat out for a coat of bottom paint.|
|Here I am.|
|Street art, too!|
|Emma tied up to the city wall. Thank goodness for her high freeboard.|
|Emma is parked right outside the old city gate.|
|One of the city gates|
|Tromping around the ramparts of the city fortifications|
|After being pummelled in World War II, much of the city was rebuilt to a|
museum-quality example of a 18th century port town. It is gorgeous here.
|Statue of Jacques Cartier, one of the first Europeans|
travel across the Atlantic and start trading with
the First Nations of North America
|A beach that vanishes twice a day when the tide comes in.|
|Logs provide additional protection from crashing surf along the seawall.|
Storms can be frighteningly awesome here.
|This is why the logs are there.|
|Look, the Australian blokes aren't the only ones who like a 'ute.|
|In France, it is important to read the labels carefully when buying milk.|
|A view down at one of the beaches outside the ramparts|
|Same beach, different angle|
|A beautiful beach that gets well-used. |
The tide is approaching in this photo, so it is almost empty.
|Sunset from the ramparts|
|The city's emblem, a ferret wearing a cape, in the cobbles.|
We are on our way to find some dinner.