Bonjour – Hello


Nous sommes heureux que vous soyez ici! Je vous remercie.

Si notre français doit être corrigé, envoyez-nous vos commentaires. En 2014, nous avons traduit l’entrée quotidienne du blog en français. Mais pour 2016, ce sera tout de suite dans un certain temps. Habituellement, le blog ne sera que en anglais.

Pour 2017 et à l’avenir, il s’agira d’un blog hebdomadaire publié dimanche. Ce ne sera probablement qu’en anglais. La traduction en français n’est pas difficile, c’est tout le reformatage du texte et des images qui le rend difficile.

We are glad you are here! Thank you.

If our French needs to be corrected, send us your comments. In 2014 we translated the daily blog entry into French.  But for 2016 that will be just once in a while.  Usually the blog will only be in English.

For 2017 and forward it will be a weekly blog hopefully published on Sunday. It will probably only be in English. The translation to French is not difficult, it is all the reformatting of the text and pictures which makes it difficult.


le semaine se terminant le dimanche 19 août 2018 – the week ending Sunday August 19, 2018


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If you want to see the album of our pictures from June 2018, you can click on this link, June 2018.

If you want to see the album of our pictures from July 2018, you can click on this link, July 2018.

le lundi 13 août 2018 – Monday August 13, 2018

Two French military jeeps, each with 5 soldiers and machine guns, were driving through the streets when Sandy walked to the boulangerie. We’ve seen them several times walking, but not driving around.

We took care of some household chores in the morning.

After lunch, we wanted to walk to the north end of the Digue and return by bus. When we arrived at the Esplanade St. Vincent, a #8 bus was waiting. So we stepped on the bus, and got off at the Digue stop heading north. We walked on the Digue to the northern end. We did hear a whistle blow several times, couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, or what it was about. As we neared a second story overlook, a lifeguard called out, “no dogs on the beach please”. There are signs indicating dogs are forbidden on the beach, but few people pay attention to the sign. There was a large dog playing with his owner in front of the building and as we watched, he put the leash back on the dog. It looked like they were getting ready to leave, heeding the lifeguard apparently. We also saw two policeman on bikes patrolling the Digue.

We exited the Digue, then walked uphill to Paramé and boarded a #3 bus at the Rousses stop. The bus just happened to be passing by so we signaled to the driver that we wanted the bus. That took us back to our starting point. An excellent hour-long walk. The sun was shining, no jacket needed, and lots of board surfers, and kite surfers to watch.

some odd clouds on the horizon, probably a weather front

strange clouds on the horizon, distinct cloud like is probably a front



kids were sand surfing on the Plage du Rochebonne

le mardi 14 août 2018 – Tuesday August 14, 2018

Today was haircut day for the 3rd time in France. The coiffeuse (woman hairdresser) was very busy but we only waited a few minutes. Sandy told the coiffeuse her last cut was too short on the sides of her head. This time the coiffeuse didn’t use a razor at the end but “thinning” type scissors. Sandy was very pleased with the result. We made an appointment for our last cut on September 11.

After lunch we wanted to buy some sandpaper. A store called Titi-Gil is close to the Intermarché grocery store in Rocabey and carries many items. It is called a “destockage” store meaning it carries items other stores are getting rid of or selling when the store closes. They carry clothing, household goods, cans, bottled food, wine, hardware, beach items, and linens. Sandy found jars of jam with Kroger labels on them. We stopped in the store and bought a package of sandpaper for 1€50.

Next we walked to the Digue heading north, reached the end, and decided to walk back. We saw a lady carrying what Sandy thought was a weasel in her arms. She walked down the stairs to the beach and put down the animal she was carrying. We decided it was a ferret, wearing a harness and leash. The ferret proceeded to start digging a large hole in the sand. Whether it wanted to hide or was searching for it’s dinner we don’t know. A bizarre site on the beaches of Saint-Malo.


kids learning to sail


we’re guessing this is a ferret on a leash getting a walk on the beach – weird

le mercredi 15 août 2018 – Wednesday August 15, 2018

We planned to shop at the Intermarché grocery store after breakfast. We walked to the bus stop, then realized when looking at the arrival time posted that today was a holiday. It is the day of Assumption a religious holiday. The bus company considers it a holiday too and was running buses on a Sunday schedule. We didn’t wait too long, either coming or going and were soon back home. We’ll need to remember today being a “bus holiday” for next year .

The high temperature today was 21C, 69F. It was cloudy most of the day. Late in the afternoon we walked to the harbor to see what was going on. The tide was on it’s way out and we watched the water disappear from underneath the moored boats. Earlier in the week at high tide, we had counted only 3 visible cement blocks from the top of the water to the street. Today there must have been 20 visible cement blocks and the water was still receding. Quite interesting to watch!


same spot on the harbor wall, the small insert photo is high tide the bigger picture is a low tide


a lot of gulls circling above the harbor


the Sea Cloud II was back in the basin this week – a beautiful ship

We enjoyed a kebab at Chez Marcel for dinner eating outside and watching all of the comings and goings of all the people.

le jeudi 16 août 2018 – Thursday August 16, 2018

Today Sandy spent two hours with her tutor Christine. On the walk to the bus at 9h30 there were more than 500 empty parking spaces around the Esplanade Saint-Vincent. On Sandy’s return walk at 12h40, there were only 8 spaces remaining and people were waiting in line in their cars at the entrances to the lots. Another big day for tourists!

While walking to and from Christine’s house you get to pass a large number of wonderful gardens with all kinds of flowers.  Here is a sample.

While Sandy was at the tutor, Phil went shopping at the E.Leclerc Hypermarche.  On returning to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent after shopping Phil saw two young boys looking rather lost.  They approached him and spoke in both French and English.  They were looking for the Corsaire Ferries terminal.  So Phil was able to explain to them how to get there.  But rather than letting them walk alone he accompanied them to the terminal.  They had traveled from Paris on the train this morning.  They were going to their Grandmother’s house in Dinard, across the harbor.  The oldest boy was maybe 15 and his brother must have been around 10 or 11.  We had some nice small talk on the walk.

In the afternoon the temperature dropped to 17C, 63F, and rained off and on. All of the flowers need refreshing and reviving.

Sandy was able to FaceTime with Michael at noon his time. So nice to hear his voice and see his face.

le vendredi 17 août 2018 – Friday August 17, 2018

Today is National Thrift Store Day in the United States. We hope everyone finds a good buy at their favorite store.

Sandy shopped at the Intra-Muros marché for fruit today. She likes to arrive by 9h15 to avoid the “rush”. Monsieur Alex and his assistants take plenty of time with her at that time of the morning.

Next we walked to Saint-Servan to shop at the butcher. It was a lovely morning, cool and partly sunny with no chance of rain. We purchased our meat, walked around the exterior stalls and headed for home.

We sat on a bench at the harbor and watched boats come and go about an hour before high tide. Since there hadn’t been any chance of rain and the sun was shining, we were very surprised to feel rain falling. We moved under a tree and it stopped in about 10 minutes. We weren’t the only ones caught by a surprise shower. There were quite a few people standing under neighboring trees before it stopped.

We did see a cat in a back pack today, which is rare.  Always many more dogs than cats.


cute little cat, probably a teenager, attempting to get out of the back pack

Across the harbor the Brittany Ferries ship BRETAGNE was loading caravans.


Brittany Ferries ship BRETAGNE loading a caravan

le samedi 18 août 2018 – Saturday August 18, 2018

The temperature was 13C, 55F, a little cool when Sandy walked to the boulangerie. She was woken up around midnight last night and could see the results this morning. At the top of the steps behind our apartment the restaurant had their outdoor planter damaged. It was a very large planter with a palm tree inside. It looked heavy enough that it needed two or three people to move it. It had been lifted off it’s bottom container and all of the gravel on top of the dirt dumped on the ground. Then it had been left in the center of the top step. Not nice!

On our way to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent we saw American, Canadian, and British flags flying next to the French flag on top of the wall by the Castle.



We walked on the Digue from the north end to the south end, after taking the #3 bus to the Rousses bus stop in Paramé. It was a very pleasant mid day with a lot of wind. High tide was only 20 minutes away but with a co-efficient of 62 the Digue did not have any water washing over it. There were many surfers in the water.

A curious thing on the digue today, the cat we saw at the harbor was taking its owners for a walk on the digue.


cat taking its owners for a walk on the digue

Later in the afternoon we spent some time on the harbor watching boats come and go.

le dimanche 19 août 2018 – Sunday August 19, 2018

On Sandy’s walk to the boulangerie, she was almost hit by a low flying seagull. It was one of the new birds, born this year, almost completely covered in brown feathers. Possibly it wasn’t skilled to fly high and was just testing it’s wings. Anyway, it’s a good thing Sandy can move quickly and to the side or they would have collided.

Another interesting note, Sandy saw a large car, double parked with it’s motor running on the street outside of the boulangerie . This is not normal. She noticed the bumper sticker which said, “I love nothing! I am Parisian!”, which would seem to fit in with their superiority complex. Inside the boulangerie a man was trying to put the lid on two “to-go” cups of coffee he had purchased. He didn’t get them on correctly and he dripped coffee on the floor all of the way out of the door . The madam said she would clean it up and to be careful. The boulangerie was busy with 3 of the 4 tables on the terrace occupied, a few tables in back occupied and Sandy was 5th in line.

Between 11:30 and 13:30 we watched the sailboats gather together to “parade” to Cancale for the remaining day of the “Branlebas de Régates : La mer en Fête” which is a 4 day race.


we set up our chairs on the wall to watch the boats on parade


some of the boats which participated in the parade

Over the eight years we have traveled to Saint-Malo we have seen many people fishing from the môle (breakwater), especially at high tide.  Today for the first time we saw someone catch a fish and it was a pretty good size fish.

guy caught a fish at high tide in the harbor

this guy caught a good size fish at high tide in the harbor

le semaine se terminant le dimanche 12 août 2018 – the week ending Sunday August 12, 2018


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If you want to see the album of our pictures from June 2018, you can click on this link, June 2018.

If you want to see the album of our pictures from July 2018, you can click on this link, July 2018.

le lundi 6 août 2018 – Monday August 6, 2018

Today was the first day of the two-day Intra-Muros braderie. Many individuals had already spread out their blankets, towels, etc to display their items for sale. Sandy just quickly glanced at them as she bought our breakfast.

On her way to the boulangerie she dropped off our recycling at the “center.” There are several “centers” around town both inside and outside the walled city. Today a man was standing in front of the garbage machine with his garbage bag in his hand. He looked at Sandy and appeared to need help.  She was not sure what language he was speaking. She pushed the open button, pulled open the door, the man threw his garbage inside, Sandy shut the door and pushed the compact button. The man said “okay, okay, merci” and they were both on their way. Since the written directions on the garbage machine are in English and French, he apparently did not read either language.

After breakfast we browsed through the many tables of goods for sale. This is a huge sidewalk sale where the majority of main street are full of goods for sale from individuals and the local businesses.


Intra-Muros braderie at the Place de la POISSONNERIE

We looked at many things but only made a purchase from the Bessec shoe store. Phil has had good luck shopping there the past two years. This year he needed better sandals to walk to the beach. He found a pair of Birkenstock sandals that are made of rubber. They had two bands across the foot and no backs. Perfect for wearing to the beach and easy to put back on after walking in the water.

After lunch we walked to the beach to go wading. There were so many people! The water had warmed up to 20C, 69F and felt wonderful! We walked a different route than usual to avoid the sidewalk sales and the main esplanade Saint-Vincent, where we catch the bus looked like a circus! Great for the local businesses.


a lot of people on the beach today

le mardi 7 août 2018 – Tuesday July 31, 2018

When Sandy walked to buy our breakfast the streets were fairly quiet. She only noticed one individual setting up her sidewalk sale next to the boulangerie. However, after buying fruit at our marché then shopping for non-perishables at Intermarché grocery store at 10h00 the streets were again crowded.

On the way back from the Intermarché we saw a Republique Française emblem on a building across from the park in Rocabey.  This is the third one we have seen.  We don’t have any idea why they are on certain buildings.


Republique Française emblem, we have seen 3 of these in town, not sure why they are on display

Apparently Saint-Malo is one of a few spots in Europe or at least France that hasn’t been seriously affected by the heat wave. Our predicted high temperature of 22C, 72F is much better than the predicted high of 37C, 98.6F, in Paris. Since we are less than a 2 1/2 hour train ride this is one of the closest places to get some relief from the heat and enjoy the sea and beach. Let’s hope our luck with temperatures continues through the remainder of August.

Around lunchtime we heard thunder, the skies darkened, and it rained off and on for about an hour and a half. Good! The streets need a wash and the flowers need a drink.

le mercredi 8 août 2018 – Wednesday August 8, 2018

Sandy dropped off recycling on her way to the boulangerie. She thought the streets, sidewalks, and air smelled fresher than yesterday after the rain. The flowers in the Place du Legume aux Marché looked revived. The streets were calm.

Very early in the morning, before sunrise, a large sailing ship arrived in the harbor.  It was the Sea Cloud II.  It left late that same evening.


the Sea Cloud II sailing ship

Today Sandy spent two hours tutoring with Christine and Phil did a little shopping at E.Leclerc Supermarché. On Sandy’s way from Christine’s house to the bus stop (about a 10 min. walk) a lady driving by pulled over and asked Sandy where the market was in Paramé. Sandy was able to give her simple directions, in French, that were almost correct. Big improvement in Français!


saw a dog in a window while walking through Paramé to Christine’s house

Alain and his wife came to our apartment for an aperitif. They brought a gift as is normal in France when invited to someone’s house.  It was a nice visit and we discovered that he and his wife do not eat crackers, pretzels, or cashews. Good to know for the future.

le jeudi 9 août 2018 – Thursday August 9, 2018

Sandy shopped at Maison du Pain for our breakfast because it was raining when she woke up. The rain was predicted to come later in the morning, but arrived earlier. It was just a light mist, common for Saint-Malo. As the shop is only 80 steps from our front door it is close enough to avoid needing an umbrella.

It rained off and on until almost 15h00. The sun came out of the clouds and we were on the #8 bus to the Kennedy stop across from the north end of the Digue. Sandy wore a jacket, sneakers and socks since it was only 18C, 65F. We walked towards Intra-Muros straight into the wind. It was so strong that Sandy had to brace herself as she walked to avoid being knocked down. We felt completely wind-blown by the time we returned home. An invigorating walk for sure!


a few waves in  the water today


three young gulls taking a nap on the beachr


le vendredi 10 août 2018 – Friday August 10, 2018

The temperature had fallen after the rain yesterday and Sandy again wore a jacket to the boulangerie. She took our garbage, glassware, and recycling bag of plastics, paper, and cans to the recycling center. However, it was completely overflowing and she had to leave all of our items outside the depository on the sidewalk, as other people had already left their refuse. What a mess!

Around 11 am we took a bus to the Rocabey stop, went into Intermarche for butter and stopped in the pharmacy for eye drops.


we saw a magpie (pie in french) in the park by Rocabey on the way to the Intermarché

We walked home, and while it was windy, it wasn’t as strong as yesterday. The high temperature for today was 21C, 70F. Great walking weather.

it was still windy and the gulls were gliding around

it was still windy and the gulls were gliding around

le samedi 11 août 2018 – Saturday August 11, 2018

One of the younger assistants helped Sandy at the boulangerie. She told Sandy that her order was “ une chanson dans ma tête”, like a song in her head. Two croissants and a baguette Festival. Funny how our language sounds to other people, especially in French.

We took a bus to the Paramé Mairie stop to look at the marché. When we were there for tutoring on Wednesday there were so many vendors that their stands were almost encroaching into the street. Big surprise on Saturday! They went someplace else. There were only 4 or 5 stands on Saturday, so nothing interesting to look at. We walked 6 blocks to the Digue and enjoyed a leisurely walk home. According to our “steps” counter in a health app, it was about a 3 mile walk.

In the afternoon we spent some time at the harbor watching boats come and go. The tide was on it’s way in. It was surprising to see how fast all of the anchored boats went from sitting on mud to floating in water.


the Commodore Goodwill, a cargo ship, always comes into port on Saturday


after the Commodore Goodwill left the harbor, the Condor Ferries ship came into the harbor

le dimanche 12 août 2018 – Sunday August 12, 2018

It was very quiet when Sandy walked to the boulangerie. This is a day of Grande Marée, exceptionally high tide with a co-efficient of 109. It was very cloudy with rain in the forecast in the morning. Strong winds could make the tide dramatic and disruptive.

Well the tide was high, but there was very little wind, so the waves were minimal.


the water was very close to the top of the wall in the harbor


the tide caused all of the Plage de Môle to disappear

le semaine se terminant le dimanche 5 août 2018 – the week ending Sunday August 5, 2018


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If you want to see the album of our pictures from June 2018, you can click on this link, June 2018.

If you want to see the album of our pictures from July 2018, you can click on this link, July 2018.

le lundi 30 juillet 2018 – Monday July 30, 2018

Sandy was 6th in line at the boulangerie (bakery) this morning. Every table on the terrace was full and 3 of the 7 interior tables were full. The boulangère (female baker) and her assistant were making coffees, pouring juice, waiting on customers at the counter and trying to serve everyone that was seated. Very busy for a Monday morning!!

The Paris Gare Montparnasse is a large train station which is the base for trains traveling to the west and southwest of France. The train station was in chaos over the weekend. The electricity substation which supplies electricity to the Gare of Montparnasse was severely damaged on Friday, July 27 by a still unexplained fire. All trains were cancelled on Friday, half of them were running on Saturday and Sunday. The news last night said there were still 40,000 travelers trying to leave Paris from this station. We have traveled to and from this station and so did our son Michael. What a disaster!!

We took the #3 bus to the Auberge de Jeunesse stop and went into the Carrefour Market. This store is larger than the Carrefour City we have in the Intra-Muros, but smaller than the Carrefour Hypermarche at the La Madeleine center.  They sell lightly breaded fish, similar to the kind used for British fish and chips which we like. We bought 2 pieces to have for dinner. They also carried “accras de morue,” cod fritters. We tried them for the first time. They were very good, just slightly fishy tasting and they had a nice crunch!


we walked back on the beach from the Carrefour Market

le mardi 31 juillet 2018 – Tuesday July 31, 2018

It was the last day of July. We have been here for more than two months!

The boulangerie was totally different from yesterday. Sandy was the only customer there today. She remarked to the madam that they were very busy yesterday. The madam replied “beaucoup, beaucoup, de monde,” “many, many people from all over.” Good for business.

We shopped at the Intermarche grocery store after breakfast. One of the items we purchased was a new flavor of ice cream for us. It was Lemon Meringue Pie flavor.

After lunch we talked to Alain on the boules court confirming his invitation for an aperitif at his apartment tomorrow. We sat at the harbor and watched a few boats come and go at low tide. It was a beautiful afternoon and cool in the shade.


sail boat waiting to enter the lock to then enter the basin

For dessert we tried our new ice cream flavor. Wow! It was amazing! There were actually tiny pieces of meringue, almost baking chip sized pieces, crust, and very creamy lemon flavored ice cream. It was a great experiment!

le mercredi 1 août 2018 – Wednesday August 1, 2018

Sandy met with Christine for two hours of tutoring this morning. She is very tired by the end of their time together. Phil shopped for a few items at the E.Leclerc Hypermarché while Sandy was at Christine’s house.


the exquisite church in Paramé on our walk to Christine’s home

We took the 17h30 bus to our friend Alain’s apartment because he invited us for an aperitif. We had a lovely evening with he and his wife. Alain speaks clearly, slowly, and doesn’t use lengthy sentences which helps Sandy with French. While we were at his house, Alain phoned Denise in Paris and all of us were able to talk to her on the speaker phone.  She reported that Paris was hot and the temperature was  33C.

It had been a cool day and evening in Saint-Malo, so it wasn’t too hot waiting for or walking to the bus.

le jeudi 2 août 2018 – Thursday August 2, 2018

Last night the ship El Galeón Andalucia , a replica of a Spanish galleon from the XVI century came through the locks and moored in the basin. It will be in the basin for a week and is open for tours priced at 8 euros per person. It is an impressive looking ship! The link for it’s web site is: El Galeon. It will help if you can read Spanish.

We shopped for meat at the boucherie at the Rocabey marché. Sandy also bought one meter of elastic from one of the stalls outside. It cost an euro. The price was certainly correct! She wanted to add it to a jacket she bought at a braderie to tighten the sleeves.

In the afternoon we walked in the ocean as the tide was going out. There was an enormous amount of beach available for everyone. Lovely afternoon.


Sandy on the beach


a lot of people on the beach

le vendredi 3 août 2018 – Friday August 3, 2018

We took care of a few errands, picked up a newspaper, made a reservation for dinner tomorrow, and stopped at the wine shop.

After lunch we walked to Saint-Servan to look at their braderie, whole streets full of flea market stalls.

On the way back we saw the Spanish ship El Galeón Andalucia docked in the basin.


El Galeón Andalucia,


El Galeón Andalucia,

On our way back home we stopped and said hello to Alain at the boules court. Since it was fairly warm we headed for home soon after. Sandy made chef salads for dinner.

le samedi 4 août 2018 – Saturday August 4, 2018

45 years ago today we were married! 💑

After breakfast we walked to Saint-Servan for day two of their street length braderie. We found another pewter duck, similar to the few Sandy has in Holland. It was slightly larger than the one she bought in May at a braderie in Paris.

Sandy also spotted a set of silverware. It was a complete set for 6 and new. The best part was the price, 5€ euros. We bought it because the set we bought in 2012 was not dishwasher safe and had plastic handles. The red plastic handles were colorful, fun to use, but broke easily. We knew they would have to be replaced by next year. Problem solved.

On our walk back, the sliding bridge was just opening to allow boats to enter the lock. We counted 23 boats, the most we remember seeing at one time in the lock. Two of the boats were hardly ocean-going vessels as they appeared to only be 15 or 20 feet long.

At 19h30 we walked to the Brasserie Armoricaine for dinner.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner, with excellent service including white tablecloths. It was a delicious way to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.❤️

le dimanche 5 août 2018 – Sunday August 5, 2018

It is going to be a pretty hot day, around 27C.

We walked to the braderie in Rocabey this morning.  There were about two dozen stands and quite a few people.


Braderie in Rocabey to raise money for the handicapped


the crowd at the braderie in Rocabey

We walked back from Rocabey.  We passed the two large factory fishing trawlers used for North Atlantic fishing.


Grand Hermine in the foreground and the Joseph Roty II in the background, they are factory trawler fishing boats which venture out toward Canada

By the evening the heat was replaced by a nice cool breeze.

le semaine se terminant le dimanche 29 juillet 2018 – the week ending Sunday July 29, 2018


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If you want to see the album of our pictures from June 2018, you can click on this link, June 2018.

le lundi 23 juillet 2018 – Monday July 23, 2018

Sandy wore a jacket to shop for our breakfast. The temperature was 15C,  59F!

We walked to the post office to mail some postcards and stopped for an espresso at Le Charly’s Bar. The town was fairly quiet today. A lot of people in France have vacation during the month of August and will arrive next weekend.


our view while drinking coffee at Le Charly’s Bar

Sandy sent the mayor and the person in charge of city parking an email. The two green posts in front of our building needed to be fixed in cement again. Each year, people desperate for parking places wiggle the posts until they can be removed. So, each year they need to be repaired or we can’t get into the door of our apartment.


EUROPA 2 at anchorage in the harbor

le mardi 24 juillet 2018 – Tuesday July 24, 2018

We took the bus to Bricorama. Phil tried to buy piece of hardware to repair our kitchen curtain rods last week and they were out of stock. We were in luck! We stopped in at E.Leclerc to see if they had pineapple yogurt, which is Phil’s favorite flavor. They didn’t have the brand we usually buy, but the did have a “Mamie Nova” brand with pineapple and passion fruit. We spotted rhubarb flavor yogurt and bought it. We were back on the bus in less than an hour. Not bad for two stores, a few blocks to walk between them and the bus stop.  While walking through the parking lost we spotted a license plate from Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Very rare in Saint-Malo


Bosnia and Herzegovina license plate

Sandy stopped in at the boulangerie on the Grande Rue. She usually buys a baguette tradition from them but they were out. She tried a baguette campagnie (country)which was good. It was twice as long as a regular baguette. It resembled a light wheat colored interior that was very dense. Sandy liked the inside, but not the crust. The crust wasn’t as crisp as she likes. Good experiment. When we were just around the corner from our apartment building. Sandy almost came to a complete stop. She has a phobia of snakes. A small boy was sitting next to another building with what looked like a boa constrictor around his neck. At a slightly closer look, you could tell it was fake because one of his hands and an arm was inside the head, just like a puppet. Ugh!!

The weather was odd, even for Saint-Malo. It was a little cool on our way to the store, quite cool when we returned and completely cloudy. The forecast had been for sunny and 22C, 73F, but the temperature was 19C, 67F.

Around lunch time the sun came out and the wind slowed down. We walked to check out the boules court but there weren’t any games being played. We walked almost to the end of the Mole or breakwater and then sat in the shade. The temperature had really warmed up and now there was little breeze.


a beautiful view of the Intra-Muros from the Môle des Noires (breakwater)

le mercredi 25 juillet 2018 – Wednesday July 25, 2018

We shopped at Intermarche early in the morning. While on our walk back to the apartment we saw a license plate from Denmark, very rare for Saint-Malo.


Denmark license plate

After lunch, we walked in the water as the tide was coming in. We kept having to walk closer towards the shore to stay in ankle-deep water. We could feel a variety of water temperatures as we continued our walk. Both of us had slightly wet shorts as the waves kept splashing higher on our legs as we returned to our starting point. The high temperature was 24C.


Sandy posing in the shallow water during our walk

le jeudi 26 juillet 2018 – Thursday July 26, 2018

Today the forecast is for a high of 28C, 84F. VERY hot for Saint-Malo. Sandy opened all of the windows when she woke up to lower the temperature in our apartment before closing it up for the afternoon. There was very little breeze and it was from the east. Good thing we’re not still in Paris. The high temperature there today is 35C, 96F. Too hot to be in un-air conditioned buildings, buses, etc. After breakfast we took a walk before it warmed up. There was a ship, Hebridean Princess from Glasgow docked in the basin. Phil researched the price of this small ship. A 9 day cruise was priced at $6,500 per person.


Hebridean Princess docked in the basin


Hebridean Princess docked in the basin

Another cruise ship the Astor was anchored in the harbor.


cruise ship Astor at anchorage in the harbor

The Brittany Ferry was leaving on it’s day cruise to Portsmouth, UK and the Corsaire Ferries were traveling to Dinard and back.  A group of tourists was aboard the Le Renard for a cruise around the nearby islands. A busy morning in the Saint-Malo harbor.


Le Renard leaving the harbor with a few crew of tourists

We stayed in our apartment in the afternoon because of the heat and the sun. Around 5 pm the sky filled with clouds and it started to rain. It rained off and on until around 7 pm. There were times when it was a downpour, and other times when it was just barely sprinkling. When it stopped, the temperature had dropped at least 8 degrees and everything appeared cleaner.

We walked to Chez Marcel and enjoyed a kebab sandwich on his terrace.

le vendredi 27 juillet 2018 – Friday July 27, 2018

The forecast is again for a hot day with a high of 28C. Sandy could have worn a jacket on her way to the boulangerie because it was only 17C, 65F. City workers were replanting the flowers in the flower beds in Place du Marché aux Légume. They had become trampled during the celebration when France won the World Cup on July 15th. Last chance to spruce up the flowers before all of the tourists arrive this weekend.

Later in the morning we took a walk on the breakwater called Le Môle des Noires.


Our walk on the breakwater resulted in this lovely photo of the Intra-Muros

An afternoon walk in the ocean was messy! There were a lot of sea weed type grass etc on parts of the beach. Since we walked just after low tide, we couldn’t get around the rocks near the Digue. There were lots and lots of tourists to walk through on our way home.

le samedi 28 juillet 2018 – Saturday July 28, 2018

Sandy wanted to buy milk and grenadine at our local Carrefour. Since she dislikes walking through hordes of tourists not knowing where they’re going, she stopped in at 8:30 am on her way to the boulangerie. No tourists in either the streets or the store.

We walked in the ocean at noon today. High tide was at 8:30 am and low tide at 14:30. The water was crystal clear and we didn’t see any sea weeds or grass. We walked around the rocks, through the water and turned around at the Digue.


the tide was out – small waves coming in – clear beach – clear water

The wind was very strong from the southwest. Our laundry hanging on the balcony was dry within two hours.

A side note – anyone wanting to sample authentic, or at least very close to authentic, French croissants can visit the Nantucket bakery in Grand Rapids, MI. They are as close to any we or our son Michael have had in the USA. Michael was at Nantucket bakery 2 days after returning from Paris.  He taste tested their French croissants while the memory of real French croissants was fresh in his mind and taste buds. Almost identical!

The beach we walk on, Plage du Sillon has been awarded the Travelers Choice Award in 2018 as the Plus Belle Plage de France on TripAdvisor. Guess we really do have good taste in beaches!

After lunch we walked to the boules court and said hello to Alain. We took our chairs and tried to sit by the harbor but the wind was very strong. After about 15 minutes, we’d had enough wind and headed for home.


the strong winds were great for the gulls – just gliding on the currents

le dimanche 29 juillet 2018 – Sunday July 29, 2018

29 July Sunday – It was raining when Sandy shopped for our breakfast. She shopped at Maison du Pain just a few steps away from our building to avoid getting wet.

With the weather being iffy, we settled in for a day of reading and working on a puzzle.

le semaine se terminant le dimanche 22 juillet 2018 – the week ending Sunday July 22, 2018


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If you want to see the album of our pictures from June 2018, you can click on this link, June 2018.

le lundi 16 juillet 2018 – Monday July 16, 2018

France won the World Cup yesterday. People were celebrating for quite a while last night although Sandy slept through it.

In the morning she had to walk carefully through the debris on the streets from the celebrations last night on her way to purchase our breakfast this morning. By lunch time, the city workers had cleaned up all of the streets and everything was back to normal.

We walked in the ocean in the afternoon.  It was midway between high and low tide.


Fort National is accessible with the tide mostly out

It was a lovely night to eat outside and we enjoyed our dinner at one of the restaurants on the Place du Marché aux Légume.

le mardi 17 juillet 2018 – Tuesday July 17, 2018

The temperature was 16 C or 60 F when we woke up this morning. After breakfast Sandy shopped  at our local marché. She bought “pêche plat” (flat peach), a melon, and tomato cerise, but forgot to buy “un pacquet des fraises” a package of strawberries. We took the bus to the Intermarché grocery store, did a little shopping and returned home.  Sandy went back to the marché to get some strawberries, but they had sold out.  Monsieur Alix’s son told her when she forgot something don’t get in the regular line, just come into the back of their stand and they will get what she needs. New information to remember!

In the afternoon we went to the boules court and found our friend Alain deep in thought examining the situation on the court.

Alain, on the left, examing the situation on the court

Alain, in the gray shirt on the left, deep in thought examining the situation on the court

le mercredi 18 juillet 2018 – Wednesday July 18, 2018

Sandy met with Christine for her first tutoring session this year. Phil went to Bricorama, the hardware store, to purchase a replacement curtain rod for the kitchen. When he returned to our street there was a knife sharpener tradesman working at the corner.  He appeared to be sharpening knives for the restaurant next door.


knife sharpener


knife sharpener


After lunch we walked in the water at the shore. The wind was so strong out of the north it was almost too cool to be enjoyable. The sun felt warm, but we didn’t linger.

In the evening, our friends Jean-Louis and Claudine came with their 4-year-old granddaughter for an aperitif. It was an enjoyable 2 hours catching up with them.

In his retirement Jean-Louis is the head of a local track and field organization.  He is headquartered at the local soccer stadium. He told us about a visit from the FBI to the soccer stadium here in Saint-Malo. Saint-Malo will host 3 games for the U-20 women’s FIFA matches on Aug 6, 8, and 12th. The FBI with sharp shooters will be present during the games played by the USA team.

We had applied to work as volunteers at the games, but were not selected. They had almost 1600 people apply. We had a SKYPE interview conducted in French back in March.  We just received our rejection letter last week. Quel domage, what a shame.

le jeudi 19 juillet 2018 – Thursday July 19, 2018

We took care of some things around our apartment before lunch.

We also walked around to get a newspaper at the local tabac and presse. The sign on the shop had been hit out-of-place by a large truck, luckily it is mounted to the wall with a spring. So it was not broken, just in the wrong place.   The owner of the tabac came out to push it back into place, but she was too short to reach it even with the metal bar she had brought with her. So Phil helped out by taking the bar, reaching up and putting the sign back in place.


damaged Tabac sign back in place, notice the ding on the left side of the sign from the truck

Two hours after high tide we walked to the beach. The sun disappeared behind some clouds and we walked right into a strong wind. The walk in the water away from the ramparts was great, a little cool. The air temperature was 22 C. The walk on our way back to the ramparts was quite chilly. The wind was almost 15 kph and coming from the west, right off the water. Sandy was too cool by the time we returned home.

le vendredi 20 juillet 2018 – Friday July 20, 2018

It was even cooler today than yesterday morning, The predicted high temperature was 20 C, 68 F. The sun was out and it was very pretty, just cool. We walked to and from Saint-Servan to go to the marché. We wanted a piece of steak for dinner. The breeze was strong as we walked over the bridge for the lock. We saw over 50 jelly fish in the basin. Glad we weren’t swimming in there!

On the way back we saw four military personnel patrolling the street near our apartment.  We had not seen them for a while.


4 military personnel patrolling the street near our apartment (see arrows above)

For lunch we tried a Carrefour pizza. They are oval-shaped. One was ham and cheese, the other 3 kinds of cheese. They were inexpensive!! The equivalent of $1.50 (US dollars) each. A tasty lunch for $3.00.


In the afternoon we walked to the boules court but no games were taking place. We brought our folding chairs with us and even Phil needed to sit in the sun for warmth. All 5 of the Corsaire ferries were operating, Taxi De La Mer and Captain Taxi made several trips back and forth, and sailboats were exiting the lock. Lots of activity.



le samedi 21 juillet 2018 – Saturday July 21, 2018

The streets were wet when we woke up today. We hadn’t heard any rain because of our granite building and our shutters. The forecast is for cloudy all day and a high of 23C, 73 F. Nothing like the terrible heat in the mid-west.

Today was the day for the grande braderie of Paramé. It is always held on the 3rd weekend of July. There are over 200 tables/blankets/places of items for sale. There are individual “stalls” just like garage sales in the USA and stalls from commercial stores, etc. We saw a surfboard for 5 euros, several wet suits, a snow sled, winter boots, and many toys, books, and clothing. We only bought a “pain au chocolat” to eat as a snack. There were 5 different bus routes that had detours caused by the braderie. It was a 2 hour round trip for us including bus rides going and coming, and the walking while browsing. It’s always an interesting spot.

A bit before 17h00 we walked toward the Salle Sainte Anne.  We stopped in the park by the Golden Tulip Hotel, LE GRANDE BÉ.img_0759_29696771958_o

At 17h00 we walked into the Salle Sainte Anne to listen to a local Malouin historian. img_0762_28680458297_oHis presentation was about the streets of Saint-Malo before 1944. It was about the Belle Epoque time around 1900 and ending around 1914 at the start of World War I. The photos were interesting to see because some of the buildings and streets are the same. Instead of a lock and a bridge between Saint-Malo and Saint-Servan there was a very tall platform on wheels to carry people and items across the basin. We’d seen other presentation of his and this was the best!

le dimanche 22 juillet 2018 – Sunday July 22, 2018

There were still available parking spaces when Sandy shopped for our breakfast. That means not all of the tourists have arrived for their vacation. That will probably change by next weekend.

Late in the morning we took the number 3 bus to the Rousse bus stop in Paramé.  From there we walked about 1 kilometer to the shore by Rochebonne.  We walked on the digue back to Saint-Malo.  Someone was flying a pretty butterfly kite. img_0772_41760054140_o

It was a bit warm in the sun, but a great day, very clear.


looking south on the digue at low tide, quite a wide beach


looking north on the digue at low tide, quite a wide beach