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2013/07/05 France Day 18: Driving to Brittany, Dinan, St-Malo, and Mont St Michel
π 2013-07-05 01:01 in France2013, Trips

After Chinon, we started driving north towards Normandy. Thanks to Michel, we stopped at Dinan on our drive. It's a pretty little town with medieval walls and a worthwhile town center, churches, and clock tower to visit. Also had a nice crepe there :)







we walked some of the city walls
we walked some of the city walls



very nice
very nice

Next was St Malo. It also had a great downtown to visit and great views from its historic walls of the harbor and the ocean. That was well worth the 90mn stop. Quite frankly, it was worth more, but that's what we had.











the crab were so greedy, you put food on a string, and they wouldn't let it go
the crab were so greedy, you put food on a string, and they wouldn't let it go

that kept Jennifer amused and busy for a while :)
that kept Jennifer amused and busy for a while :)






From there we took a scenic route along the coast to Mont Saint Michel, with nice coastal views.





little snack
little snack

Finally we arrived at Mt Saint Michel, and some fucking company (Veolia) managed to get the rights to rebuilding the bridge that is going there. In the meantime, they are now forcing everyone to park far away from the entrance and take a shuttle bus that still stops you a fair distance from the entrance. I wouldn't mind a bit of walking, but when you are carrying all your heavy luggage across a long distance because they are preventing you from driving there, I get pissed off. Did I mention it was one mile of walking with heavy luggage? Fuck you Veolia!
Long story short, getting to our (expensive) room in Mt Saint Michel was quite a pain. Incidently the people doing tours in the national monument, the monastery were also on strike for complicated reasons due to the same company's wrong doings having increased their commute time to work from 20mn to 1h each way.
As a result of the strike, we didn't get to visit the Abey at night with illuminations like we were supposed to, so we just went around the island, walked on the city walls for some views, and went outside to catch sunset and lights as seen from outside (it was late due to the long sun days).



that's how far they dropped us off
that's how far they dropped us off









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