Day Trip to Saint Malo, France

Posted: 6th June 2010 by Luciano Araujo in Photography, Summer 2010 in France

This past week the weather here in Rennes has been very nice with sunny days and warm temperatures. Talking to the guys that live here, they say that there is a sense of happiness in the air due to the great weather and the summer approaching. So with that in mind I decided to take my first side trip and go visit Saint Malo in the north of France. The initial plan was to go with some friends but they couldn’t wake up early on Saturday morning after our late night out on Friday. I don’t blame them, I had a really hard time getting up early but my time here is limited.

Main Street - St. Malo, France

Main Street - St. Malo, France

I went to the the main bus station here in Rennes and from there took a bus to St Malo. The ride costs 3.90 Euros each way and takes about an hour. Because I went on a Saturday, the bus was full of young people (mostly middle and high school kids) with bags and coolers ready to spend the day at the beach. Watching the youngsters one thing that struck me is how young they begin smoking here in France. Kids that looked 12-13 already smoking and rolling their own tobacco with great skill. In regards to the scenery of the drive north I can’t comment much because I slept the entire way. I can only say that we must have passed through about 100 roundabouts :) Arriving at St Malo there was a strong fog in the air which made most of the kids on the bus disappointed! It was only 10:30 in the morning so I figured it would probably clear up as the day progressed.

Built on a granite rock in the Channel, St Malo is jointed to the mainland by a causeway. The city is surrounded by a wall and you can walk on the wall and look at the city from the top which is great for people watching and to take photos. It’s popular with the English, specially Channel Islanders, and its warm brown sands give it a modest claim to being a beach resort destination. It has some nice shops and restaurants but nothing really impressive! After walking around town and going down to the sand for some photos I had lunch at a hidden Creperie which looked cozy and was quite full. I figured the food would be good and regularly priced since it was a bit off the beaten path. I had a pre-fix menu for 14 Euros which included a Crepe Super Complete (with ham, cheese, mushrooms and an egg), a sweet Crepe and a glass of Cidra (apple cider is very popular in this region). It was indeed good!

After lunch the fog was less intense but was still present. I headed down to the beach and took a much needed nap and just watched the french people and their habits. Old ladies bathing topless, group of young people gathered around a circle and eating their baguette sandwiches, guys playing around with a soccer ball, kids running into the water… just a typical beach scene! The afternoon ended sooner than I expected and it was already time to get back on the bus to Rennes. Given the cost and short distance from Rennes I recommend a visit but make sure you come during a warm day!

The fog at la plage - St. Malo, France

The fog at la plage - St. Malo, France

Game of Bosha - St. Malo, France

Game of Bosha - St. Malo, France

View from the beach up to walled city - St. Malo, France

View from the beach up to walled city - St. Malo, France

Hotels and Cafes - St. Malo, France

Hotels and Cafes - St. Malo, France

Houses - St. Malo, France

Houses - St. Malo, France

Jazz Band - St. Malo, France

Jazz Band - St. Malo, France

St. Malo, France

St. Malo, France

Main Church - St. Malo, France

Main Church - St. Malo, France

The old man - St. Malo, France

The old man - St. Malo, France

Sailing Boats - St. Malo, France

Sailing Boats - St. Malo, France

Big Sailing Ship - St. Malo, France

Big Sailing Ship - St. Malo, France

La Plage - St. Malo, France

La Plage - St. Malo, France

Trunks along La Plage - St. Malo, France

Trunks along La Plage - St. Malo, France

The Beach - St. Malo, France

The Beach - St. Malo, France

  1. Nicole says:

    Great Blog!! love the pics..keep them coming. What type of camera are you using?…I’m soo happy for you. Have fun and be safe..speak to you soon.

  2. Luciano Araujo says:

    Hey Nicole, glad you liked the blog… thanks! I use a NIKON D40 Digital SRL and I have a few different lens depending on the occasion.

  3. Alano Filho says:

    luciano you can also stop to study and start raising money with the picures!! huahuaha

    abra├žos