Sunday lunch and Saint-Malo
Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
64Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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We found a restaurant in the country not far from here which was happy to have us walk in. And we quickly chose one of the menus on offer. These menus have a choice in the entree and mains, and include bread, salad, cheese and dessert. This one cost the princely sum of 19.50 euros each (plus wine). So we dived into the crispy bread, then moaned over the oysters to die for, and had a break before the roast lamb was served. Delicious also, and especially since it is a while since we have had meat other than chicken, fish and pork. A cheese plate offered hard and soft cheeses and fromage blanc. Then pastries and coffee. We vowed we would never eat again (short -lived vow).
Unexpected entertainment was offered by the gentleman beside us, who kept bursting into song at any opportunity - or not. His partner did not seem in quite the same frame of mind. At the end of lunch he strolled to his car and wobbled home.
Such is lunch in France!
Since we have been here we have enjoyed some of the best oysters ever. They are fresh, salty and delicious. In France oysters are graded and have allocated a number from 1 to 5 according to their size eg a number 2 oyster is bigger than a number 4. So when shopping for oysters you need to know what you want in size, but there is certainly no doubt of their freshness.
So9on Monday we visited Cancale, east of St Malo, a town renowned for its oysters. We saw oyster beds stretched out into the harbour. It's a pretty fishing village but finding a park to have our picnic lunch was a problem, so we followed the coast around to La Pointe du Grouin. The view all along this coast was spectacular. On the way we could see the distant outline Mont St Michel across the bay and noted we must go there when we leave our friends and head further north.
Pointe du Grouin is on a popular walking trail between Cancale and St Malo . Steep cliffs, turquoise blue water, dramatic rocks and wildflowers in many colours created a view to remember. The English Channel was in front of us, and the wind blew a gale, but we managed to enjoy our lunch and a walk along the cliffs.
Next was St Malo. The old city was once an island, but is now attached to the mainland. This town is said to be the most visited place in Brittany. It is a walled city that looked rather severe from outside, as what we could see was the ramparts and the tall granite mansions. But inside are cobbled streets that wind past many cafes, bars and shops. They all seem to lead to the ramparts. These are very solid, and in perfect condition, as they were reconstructed after damage in WW2. From the walls are views of the ocean and a number of small islands. It was quite fresh there today, so it must be freezing when a wind blows across the channel.
It was a big day, but after a wine-down and a lovely dinner, we were all very satified with our day.