Fall Has Arrived.


image We found that the beginnings of Fall were in Paris. This is right by the metro stop near to our apartment.

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Always happy to catch a sight of Saint Sulpice in the sun.

img_1577 I love this fountain in front of the church.

img_1579 The Repetto store had an interesting window this time with the shoes actually worn by ballerinas. This pair were really worn and sort of sweaty. Plus, she put turkey filets in her shoes for foot pain??? Is this a dancer thing? I have no idea.

Back to the Left Bank

Love to walk around the Left Bank area of Paris. It is endlessly fascinating.

img_1571 Seen on the exterior of a shop selling glasses.

img_1572 A colourful little grocery store.

img_1573 This arch caught my attention. I think it used to be one of those high entrances into a courtyard. I’m just surprised it wasn’t plastered over.

img_1574 I wonder how they do these photo graffitis?

Paris Again

We are back in Paris. It seems so strange to be in our Paris apartment without all of the light and our fabulous view but it is great to have Paris right outside to explore.

img_1561I saw this guy on the morning show this morning. I can’t remember his name but his outfits always catch my eye.

img_1566Nobody does outdoor seating like Paris.

img_1563Somebody’s dishes from breakfast left on a table in a restaurant that I passed.

img_1569Doesn’t this look elegant and inviting?

 

And More

A few more things we saw on our trip:

fullsizerender1-copy-9 While in Saint Malo we made a bus trip to nearby Cancale, a little oyster village. The village itself was divided in two with the harbor being way down below the hill and the rest up on top.

img_14571 They are known for their oyster production here and you can even buy a few and they will open then for you, put them on a plate and you can sit on a wall and eat them. Not my sort of thing but there were many doing so.

img_14601 There were basically three parallel streets at the harbor level. The one fronting the harbor had nothing but restaurants. We ate at one. Maurice had a starter of oysters from the region and said they were incredible. We then took a little tourist train because it was a long walk back up to the top and it was very hot.

img_14691 There wasn’t much to see up at top but I did like the church that we went into as we had some time to kill before our bus back to Saint Malo arrived. As is often the case, there was a nautical theme inside.

fullsizerender1-copy-10  And a tribute to those who died at sea.

img_14991 On the way back home we stopped at a village called Dol de Bretagne. It had some interesting half timbered buildings and this menhir placed in a field by man centuries ago. These type of things are all over Brittany (as in Carnac) and you wonder what beliefs led to the incredible amount of labor to put them where they are.

Saint Malo

The reason we went to Saint Malo was because of a nice man who worked at the desk of the Hotel Oceania in Nantes who told us how great their hotel was in Saint Malo with a fabulous view on the water. Years ago we visited Mont St Michele, right across the border in Normandy but didn’t take the time to visit Saint Malo. It’s been on my list ever since so when we heard that we decided to make a trip to visit.

fullsizerender1-copy-8 Mont St Michelle.

img_14941 The fabulous view of the beach from our hotel room.

fullsizerender1-copy-7 The view at high tide. The island which can only be accessed at low tide has the tomb of Chateaubriand, a very interesting man born in Saint Malo. Do a Google search on him. He had a fascinating life involved in many political happenings in France including the French Revolution where he got himself in trouble by criticizing what was going on and went to the States for his safety. While there visiting Niagara Falls, he fell and broke his arm and was nursed to health for a month by a Native American tribe which he wrote about. That is just one event in his life. The popular beef dish is said to be named after him. I like it-very tasty.

fullsizerender2-copy One of the city gates leading into the walled city of Saint Malo.

img_14271 One of many narrow, cobbled streets inside the walls.

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You can see how wide the ramparts that circle the city are. 80% of them were destroyed in WWII by American bombers as they tried to get the last of the Germans to surrender. In fact, two inhabitants of Saint Malo got out (all inhabitants were locked into the old city) and told the Americans there were only 70 Germans left inside but weren’t believed.

img_14481 View from the rampart.