Mini-Lune

After the wedding Julien and I took a mini-moon to Brittany/Normandy. We treated ourselves to two nights at a B&B in Pontorson, which is a five-minute drive from the Mont-Saint-Miichel access points.

Incidentally, we were heading out of Poitiers on a Wednesday morning when French farmers were demonstrating, and by demonstrating, I mean blocking most intersections into and out of Poitiers. We managed to get out of Poitiers on the north highway entrance, which for some reason wasn’t blocked (too far from the center of town, probably), but lots of cities had traffic problems that day and the next. Mont-Saint-Michel was blocked off all day so we resigned ourselves to not visiting this year and prepared to go to Cancale from the B&B. On our way out our host gave us some tips on where to park the car before the “blocage” and so we ended up going to Mont-saint-michel without paying anything for parking, just as the tractors were on their way out. Apparently they set up camp again the next day so really the only time for us to go was in the evening.

Mont Saint Michel from the shuttle driveway

Mont Saint Michel from the shuttle driveway

Inside

Inside

Inside looking out

Inside looking out

There weren’t too many people and it was still quite nice out. We didn’t do any paid visits this time and just had a walk around. Then we headed back to Pontorson where we had some excellent moules-frites.

The next day we spent at Saint-Malo, one of my very favorite places ever. I was there with my parents during a biochemistry conference in 2008 and have wanted to go back ever since. This was J’s first time, as with Mont Saint Michel. We walked around the ramparts, went kayaking among the little islands, and walked around the fort.

Looking out toward the fort at high tide

Looking out toward the fort at high tide

During our walk around the fort

During our walk around the fort

Not sure where

Not sure where

We ate crêpes for lunch and had dinner at a wonderful and tiny restaurant called Divers’City (I know, I had to get past the superfluous apostrophe).

The next and final day of our mini-moon, we went to Cancale. At Cancale it appears the thing to do is buy oysters and throw your lemon on the beach. But still, it was beautiful as well.

Pierette

Pierette

Cancale and the new husband

Cancale and the new husband

Cancale

Cancale

I still love that area of France. In Saint Malo I kept saying to J, “Alors je demande ma mut?” (“So shall I put in my transfer request?”) Unfortunately he says there are not enough mountains in Brittany. Sigh.

Since all the wedding madness and mini-moon and vacationing is finally over, I hope soon to write about our trip to the Basque Country, and eventually of course, the wedding, but I am waiting on the professional photos for that.

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8 thoughts on “Mini-Lune

  1. Congratulations on the wedding! We had a mini-moon in La Rochelle after our French wedding and I actually said to UFM that I prefer St Malo. And the coastline around Cancale is beautiful.

    As for mountains in Brittany, does J know about the Massif Armoricain and Les Monts d’Arrée 😉

    • Thanks! La Rochelle is great, and I recommended it to our wedding guests as a good place to visit before the wedding… but Saint Malo is on a whole other level!

      Also apparently one of the problems with rock-climbing in Brittany is that it’s mostly quartzite rock and it tears up your hands! Difficult to imagine when you know how rough a rock-climbers hands are already…

  2. I’ve never been to either of these places, but they’re on my list! I was wondering how you managed to get to Mont St Michel with all the blockages! Glad you had a good time! Congratulations!

    • Thanks! They are great, though I’m sure there’s more to do at Mont Saint Michel than we did (I did the abbey tour on a trip as a middle school student but don’t remember it very well).

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