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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.


 

the week ending Sunday September 4, 2022 – la semaine se terminant le dimanche 3 septembre 2022

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MONDAY-29th We walked out to the digue when it was high tide.  It was 19°C (66°F) and fairly windy.  Lovely to be outside with an air quality index of just 3 (an excellent score).  We decided there were a few thousand less people out today than yesterday.  All of a sudden, we saw 8 French air force jets in the sky trailing blue, white and red air-show smoke, the colors of the French flag.  What a nice surprise!

We were invited for an aperitif to Christine and Michel’s house in the Paramé section of Saint-Malo.  We took the bus to the stop in Paramé. It was very windy as we walked the 15 minutes from the bus stop to their house.  They have a huge home, lovely garden with a sheltered outside corner they refer to as their summer dining room/living room.  We sat outside where they served a variety of appetizers that were very tasty. 

We enjoyed talking to them and hearing about their family.  Christine and Michel’s daughter and her husband, with their 5 month old son will be moving to the Washington DC area for the next three years. He will be working in the DC area and she will be working from home for a company in New York city. They are waiting for their US work visas and will be moving in the next couple of months. 

It was kind of Michel and Christine to drive us back to the Esplanade St. Vincent at the end of the evening.

TUESDAY-30th Cool and very windy when we walked to and from the Intermarché Super for our weekly shopping.  On the way back we stopped in at the boulangerie in Rocabey. 

Hot on our way home!!  The hour of walking plus the 30 – 45 minutes of shopping is exhausting!  

WEDNESDAY-31st The city has installed new, completely underground, “voluntary intake points” for garbage, recycling, etc.  We stopped at the closest one to our apartment at Porte St. Louis.  A city worker was waiting there to inform and help everyone using the new facility.  He explained to us that when the underground garbage container is nearly full, an automatic SMS will be sent so the container can be exchanged.  There is no odor, it is much cleaner, and signs are hanging on each area to explain what should be put inside.  This year none of the “yellow bags” that the city gives out should be put into the recycling area.  Next year they will be accepted. 

Then we walked to the harbor at high tide.  We walked to the end of the mole and were the only people on it.  It was wonderful!  We were even able to return home on the main street.  So many fewer people!

THURSDAY-1st Walked to the Marche de Rocabey early at 8:30 to try and beat the predicted rain.  Shopped at the butcher, charcuterie, olives, and Thai restaurant.  Stopped at the boulangerie, and the post office to pick up a package.  Walked home and stopped at the Presse to buy the newspaper.  All accomplished before 10 am. 

In the local paper, Pays Malouin, Sandy read where another movie will be filmed here in September.  Michael Douglas will have the principal role in a film to be viewed on Apple TV titled “A Great Improvisation:  Franklin, France, and the Birth of America” by Stacy Schiff.  The quai de Porte St. Louis parking area, currently closed to traffic and under construction will be used in the film.

At noon, it still hadn’t started to rain.

FRIDAY-2nd Sandy shopped at our local marché this morning and learned there won’t be any more green beans.  Good thing we enjoyed them earlier in the week.

On a short walk to the harbor at high tide this morning, we walked by the quai where the Franklin movie will be filmed.  Workers were unloading fake stone walls to be used as scenery.  There was a more detailed article in the newspaper today about the movie.  The filming will begin Sept. 13th.  The Manoir of Jacques Cartier will also be used.  Two of the French actors will like from the series “Dix Per Cent”, will also be included.

SATURDAY-3rd We decided to walk on the Bas Sablons and have lunch at the Ponton restaurant, where earlier we’ve enjoyed a beverage and croissant.  Since school started this week there are a lot less tourists.  We did not make a reservation.  We were given a choice of a table inside or on the terrace, but in the bar area which did not have a shade.  We chose the terrace since it was a cloudy day, around 21°C (70°F) degrees. We enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries, very large in size with an Orangina to drink.  Good thing we had a long walk back home (65 minutes round trip) because we were stuffed!

We did get a good look at a cormorant that was resting by the basin Vauban which is very close to our apartment. This is the closest we have ever been to a cormorant.

SUNDAY-4th Fairly quiet this morning compared to the half marathon race last Sunday.  Walked a little on the digue.  Breezy in places, humid, high of 24°C (75°F) today.  We started organizing items to go back to the U.S., things to recycle here or throw away.  Straightened out some drawers, mentally began the count down of days and things left to accomplish.


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2022-09-04 week album
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Monday morning walk on the digue
    Monday morning walk on the digue
  • Tuesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday morning walk on the mole
    Wednesday morning walk on the mole
  • Wednesday morning walk on the mole
    Wednesday morning walk on the mole
  • Wednesday morning walk on the mole
    Wednesday morning walk on the mole
  • Thursday morning walk to the marché at Rocabey, Sandy in the marché
    Thursday morning walk to the marché at Rocabey, Sandy in the marché
  • Thursday morning walk to the marché at Rocabey, Sandy in the marché
    Thursday morning walk to the marché at Rocabey, Sandy in the marché
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Friday morning walk on the mole
    Friday morning walk on the mole
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
  • Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
    Saturday morning walk to Bas Sablons for lunch
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That is all for this week in Saint-Malo. Au revoir.

the week ending Sunday August 28, 2022 – la semaine se terminant le dimanche 28 août 2022

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MONDAY-22nd Misty and damp this morning.  Waited until it stopped and took a walk down rue du soif. Shopped for a couple gifts to take, home.  Found what we wanted, walked through esplanade st. Vincent to look at the sea.  Very low tide, walked back along the quay and entered at porte de Dinan.  The main street was not too badly crowded, so we walked home that way.  Started to mist again and without a breeze, was very warm.

TUESDAY-23rd Walked to and back from the Intermarché Super.  Over an hour of walk round trip plus the 30 min to shop in the store.  Stopped at the boulangerie in Rocabey for buying croissants and a baguette since our boulangerie is closed on Tuesday. 

It was supposed to be 100% cloudy and cool.  It was sunny, humid, and very hot! 

Walked to the harbor at high tide and watched two fishing boats unload, a “gull buffet” when someone was cleaning fishing nets, an empty tanker arriving to go through the locks and many shuttles. 

We took out pizza for dinner and were surprised at all of the people eating at the restaurant. Delicious margherta pizza.

WEDNESDAY-24th Walked to the Solidor Tower part of Saint-Malo , enjoyed a grenadine with water drink and a decent breeze.  Hot walking home. Still many, many people walking and driving around.

Walked to harbor after lunch,  VERY hazy, watched one of the new Condor ferries dock, shuttles come and go, and a huge cruise ship-7 Seas anchored in the bay.

THURSDAY-25th Walked to marché a Rocabey.  Very early and stormy in the night so few vendors due to rain.  We were in and out of the building within 15 minutes.  Butcher, olives, and dropped off empty glass jars at the “ritz au lait (rice pudding)” vendor.

Met our friend Jean-Michel for an Orangina at Bar de L’Ouest.  Spent a nice hour with him. 

Bought cat food at Carrefour city and then home.  High temperature of 19°C today.  Paris and Nancy are at 32°C.

FRIDAY-26th Sunny.  It was 16°C when Sandy walked to the boulangerie.  Walked along the Digue to Carrefour market in Coutoisville to buy spray spot remover.  Two other stores had been out for a couple of weeks.  Walked back.  Very windy but sunny.  A lovely reprieve from the heat.  Afternoon walked to say hi to boules players.  Jean-Yves was back after his last child returned to work from vacationing with him.

SATURDAY-27th Walked to the Solider, lovely view, not too hot, returned and watched boats at the harbor.  Still a lot of people around.  Went to the boules court late in the afternoon.  Surprise!  Josette was there.  We hadn’t seen her since 2019 and heard she’d been ill.  She remembered us and it was nice to see her.

SUNDAY-28th Today was a sports day!  There was a half marathon (33rd edition) for runners, that followed the coast between Cancale and Saint-Malo.  Most of the sidewalk to the Digue, Porte St. Vincent, and the Esplanade St. Vincent were blocked off with lanes for the finish of the race.  Also, The Grand Prix de Cezembre regatta was open to all sailing levels and all media: catamaran, windsurf, dinghy, paddle, kayak. The race was to begin at 11:30 (took off around noon) and was from the Plage de la Hoguette to the island of Cezembre and back.  We took our beach chairs, walked through side streets and reached the Digue.  There was a great, fresh wind blowing and we watched a lot of runners go by until the regatta begin.  First the paddle boarders left, then kite surfers, last were the sail boats.  We watched until they were too small to see. Then we returned home.  A very interesting morning.


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2022-08-28 week album
  • Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
    Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
  • Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
    Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
  • Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
    Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
  • Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
    Monday walks to the Esplanade Saint-Vincent and the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
    Tuesday afternoon at the harbor
  • Wednesday morning walk to the Solidor
    Wednesday morning walk to the Solidor
  • Wednesday morning walk to the Solidor
    Wednesday morning walk to the Solidor
  • Wednesday morning walk to the Solidor
    Wednesday morning walk to the Solidor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Wednesday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Thursday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
    Saturday afternoon walk to the harbor
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
    Sunday walk on the digue to watch the sailing and surf events
  • Wednesday morning walk on the mole
    Wednesday morning walk on the mole
  • Wednesday morning walk on the mole
    Wednesday morning walk on the mole
  • Wednesday morning walk on the mole
    Wednesday morning walk on the mole

That is all for this week in Saint-Malo. Au revoir.