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    History of Saint-Malo

    by grayfo Updated Nov 25, 2014

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    Favorite thing: During the Middle Ages Saint-Malo was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. Modern Saint-Malo traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by Saint Aaron and Saint Brendan early in the 6th century. Its name is derived from a man said to have been a follower of Brendan, Saint Malo. By the 17th and 18th centuries it was one of the richest towns in France with the wealth coming from the corsairs who, contrary to popular to myth, were not pirates but privateers granted a special license by the king to attack foreign ships during wartime.

    Map of Saint-Malo ��� 1756
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    Walk Saint Malo

    by gwened Written Aug 19, 2012

    Favorite thing: A great way to see a city is to walk, and that we do a lot. St Malo is no exception, wandering the intra muros you see and feel the vibration of the city and up close its nuances and local colors come alive quicker and better.

    St Malo has beautiful streets to walk in the intra muros city center area, and I encourage you to do it. YOu can google the names and see the views and then come and see for real, the best.
    Enjoy St Malo

    Fondest memory: walking the ramparts and seeing the colorful shops and restos along the narrow streets full of life.

    Place du marche aux l��gumes Place du Guet Rue Porcon de la Barbinais Rue St Barbe Rue de la Corne de Cerf
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    Refreshing sea aroun Saint Malo

    by Toshioohsako Written Aug 30, 2010

    Favorite thing: You can enjoy a superb sea view when you are on the higher gate street of the "fort" Saint Malo. It was still a warm August. Small islands which surround the City are very nice and the blue sea tempts you to as if it were carrying you over the horizon.

    Fondest memory: The blue sea, the beautiful sand beaches, the stout and dignified fort walls, and the stone-built houses and buildings

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    Shop opening times on Sunday

    by annase Written Apr 6, 2010

    Favorite thing: On Sundays shops in many parts of France might be closed. I was in St Malo on Easter Sunday and it seemed many shops in the old city were open in the morning. In addition, some grocery stores, bakeries and other small shops outside the the old part of city were open at least on Sunday morning till noon (9am-12 noon).

    There is at least one grocery store in the old city that advertises being open on Sunday mornings (Dimanche matinee).

    Chocolate shop in Parame Shops in Parame

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    Jacques Cartier statue

    by Carmanah Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Fondest memory: This was our school photo taken in front of the statue of Jacques Cartier. It was a beautiful warm October afternoon that day. The statue was located on top of the walkway overlooking the beach and the ocean below.

    As Canadian French Immersion students, it was a thrill that we were in the home town of this famous French explorer. Jacques Cartier was the first European to visit what would later become Québec. His first visit was in 1534! The land that he claimed for France in the 16th century would later become Canada's largest province and the only province in Canada where the majority speaks French.

    Our school group with the Jacques Cartier statue
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    Dog at the pub

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We just happened to look out our hotel window and spot the scenes below with the dog, who waited patiently for some time to try and get into the restaurant/snack bar. His patience went unrewarded in the end.

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    Intra-Muros (Walled City)

    by sue_stone Written Jul 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The lovely old walled city of St-Malo was originally an island, becoming linked to the mainland by a sandy isthmus back in the 13th century.

    The old city is called Intra Muros, meaning 'within the walls'. In 1944, around 80% of it was destroyed during the war. It has since be restored to its former glory.

    Fondest memory: The walled city is filled with narrow cobbled streets and pretty squares, making it a magnet for tourists in the summer. Go out of season and you can enjoy a wander around the town without having to push through the crowds.

    Visit the impressive Cathedrale St-Vincent, relax in Place des Freres Lammenais or perhaps take a walk along the ramparts (city walls) and enjoy the view.

    pretty buildings narrow streets ramparts pretty square more nice buildings
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    Rainbows

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I saw this double rainbow one day in St. Malo - the first time I had ever seen a double and the brighter one was more brilliant than any I had seen (it was better in person than in the photo). I also saw another rainbow photo on VT member Sunshine64's page so you might want to check it out as well. Anyway my conclusion is that these wonderful rainbows are common here. Rain or shine the beach especially at sunrise and sunset can offer some spectacular sights.

    Seein double

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    St. Malo, City of Beautiful Beaches

    by Goner Updated May 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A friend at work told me about Saint Malo, otherwise I would never have known it existed. There isn't much about it in any of the tour books about it being a very popular bathing resort, so don?t expect to find a hotel room there during Europe?s vacation time, they are non-existent. This town of 50,000 swells to 200,000 during the summer months, the closest lodging we could find was in Rennes. Even though there were no rooms in Saint Malo, but it was worth commuting by train from Rennes to visit this beautiful resort town on the Brittany coast.

    Fondest memory: St. Malo by far has the best beach in France and I can see why it's such a popular destination; not only do you have the emerald waters but an enormous sandy beach with tide pools and a medieval town to explore.

    St. Malo Beach
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    Stroll on the beach

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Once you have seen the medieval beauty of Saint Malo, and if you can afford the time to relax, enjoy a stroll along the beach. From here, you will also catch a great view of the city. This is from the beach towards the east of the city.

    View of Saint Malo from the eastern beach
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    Big boats moored at St Malo

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Many warships and big sailing boats are moored at Saint Malo just outside the walls in the harbour. One gets a very good view from the walls, or can walk along the harbour to admire them, just outside the southern wall.

    Tall sailships and warships in the harbour
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    The walls of St Malo

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: St Malo is amazing in the sense that the old city is entirely protected by huge walls, which make for an interesting and scenic walk. So don't miss out on climbing a few stairs to get a view of the inside and outside of the city.

    History, nature&modernity: variety of St Malo
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    Visit Le Mont St. Michel

    by Sunshine64 Updated Oct 18, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is an amazing place that comes with a lot of history and legend. You can only get to and from le Mont St. Michel when it's not high tide, as the road is covered during high tide, and cars in the parking area are covered by the ocean!

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    visit St-Malo, a walled city...

    by Carmanah Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit St-Malo, a walled city on the beach of the Gulf of St-Malo, in eastern Bretagne. Here's a bustling street of St-Malo at the beginning of the warm October evening. To see more pictures of St-Malo, click on my travelogue with the same name.

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    Sunsets

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There must be a lot of cloud formations moving around the coast here because everyday there seemed to be a marvelous sunrise and sunset. This sunset is typical of what we saw virtually everyday.

    Sunset on St. Malo Bay

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