Monday, March 7, 2011


Friday, September 15th, 2000 Traveling north to St. Malo

Early breakfast and we were on the road by 9 am. Lots of traffic getting out of Paris but found our way easily to the A10 and we were on our way! Beautiful toll roads nearly all the way to St. Malo. We took a detour at Le Mans and tried to find the Formula One racetrack….but no luck. Finally gave up and got back on the highway north.

We had rain after Rennes and made it to St. Malo about 3:30 pm. Jim kept at it in the old city and finally found the our hotel. Very narrow streets, lots of sharp turns and very narrow spaces. I was ready to give up and park outside the wall, walk in and find the hotel…but…he found it! Great location in the old city within the walls.

Fifth floor but it has an elevator. Shower is a closet in the bedroom and the sink and toilet are another closet. You can hardly turn around in it and the door is an accordion type. Not very private, but works. Only electrical outlet is the one the TV is plugged into. So, in order to do the camera, computer or anything else, you have to unplug the TV. But, we do have an English speaking TV station….BBC.

The rain finally stopped and we were able to walk about the city. Found a great place for dinner. Dinner was pizza and a green salad. Really enjoyed the salad. The Hotel Lourve where we are staying recommended the restaurant. Pizza had ham on it and we are now very thirsty. After dinner we walked the wall about a quarter of the way around. Couldn’t believe the wind and the waves crashing over the walls at times. We’d put on our long johns and heavier coats before going out to dinner and we were very glad we had! It is getting much colder! Taking our gloves and hats tomorrow.

Saw hundreds of birds, I think they were blackbirds, diving from one tree to another. Fascinating but glad they stayed in the trees.

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