Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog

Our hotel at Saint Malo was very nice!

Mont Saint Michel - a must see attraction in Brittany area.

The monastery's cloister with chapel in the background

Kaye just loves her oysters straight from the sea

Kaye's dinner at Cancale

Kaye enjoyed her sweets


This was our laziest of mornings and it was not until 1115 hrs that we emerged from our room. Breakfast in the hotel had come and gone and any cafe serving pastries had ceased selling them and were preparing for lunch. After a lengthy walk, we found a patisserie at the bottom of our road selling both coffee and pastries which we indulged in.

On our return to our hotel, we immediately set off to drive the 56km to re-visit Mont Saint Michel ( last 2012 - no photo's as camera stolen). The trip was quick and parking proved no problem. We took the shuttle to the Mont and first wandered the streets of the village as we had only hastily browsed last time in wet and windy conditions. Kaye elected to continue shopping while I undertook another audio tour of the Abbey. The weather was sunny and the air calm; ideal conditions for the tour. An obvious change to this must see Abbey, is the reclamation works around the Mont that are in progress to restore the landscape damaged by erosion from human intervention. I completed the tour in just over an hour and met with Kaye at a pre-arranged restaurant for a drink. We returned to the car by foot walking the 4 kms and arriving back just after 1700hrs.

We had intended to have dinner on the Mont, however, the touristy restaurants were of no attraction and we decided to drive to Cancale to taste the oysters for which the town is renown. The 56km drive had us wandering the bay front by 1800hrs and in search of a restaurant. While wandering the harbour front, we stumbled upon the oyster market that appeared in a TV programme featuring Manu of My Kitchen Rules notoriety. We purchased half a dozen oysters direct from the sea which were shucked in front of us. The sea salt flavour and the oysters were very special.

We then retired to a restaurant that was chosen because of the bright red attractive glasses decorating the table ( kaye works in wondrous ways. We settled for the three course menu and a Pinot Gris from the Alsace region.

Kaye had the oysters for entree, scallops for main and crepe for desert. I had the foie gras for entree, sea bass for main and hot chocolate and ice cream for dessert. We were both more than happy with our meals and consider we have had two great dining experiences in a row. The added plus to tonight's dinner was a table with a view over looking the sea, a rapidly rising tide and a slowly setting sun - Kaye was in raptures.

Our return 18km drive to Saint Malo had us back in our hotel by 2045hrs after a very relaxed and enjoyable day; the bright sunny calm conditions a big contributor.

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