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

le semaine se terminant le dimanche 15 juillet 2018 – the week ending Sunday July 15, 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 9 juillet 2018 – Monday July 9, 2018

We took the bus to the Carrefour Hypermarché located at La Madeleine Shopping mall. We wanted to buy things that aren’t available at the markets or the mid-sized Intrmarche grocery store where we usually shop. We bought dental floss, garbage bags (20 liter size, elastic at the top with drawstrings to close), lightly breaded fish (similar to the fish from “fish + chips”), and fresh ravioli filled with spinach. We only waited less than 5 minutes for the bus to return to the Intra-Muros. It was a successful trip. It was hot today on the bus. We sat on the sun side of the bus and the temperature was 25 C with very little wind.

We had a text from Michael with a gorgeous photo of white water falls from Iceland.

High tide took place around 16h30 this afternoon with a low co-efficient of 58. We walked in the water with the tide still coming in. There was still some beach visible at the Plage de l’Eventail. Some of the beach,  towards the Digue, was totally under water. It was nice to be in cool water on a very sunny day.


the beach is very near the wall at this high tide, not much beach but we did not have to walk far to the water

le mardi 10 juillet 2018 – Tuesday July 10, 2018

This morning at La Fournee Malouine two new assistants waited on Sandy when she ordered our breakfast. They are not used to hearing her style of French and she is unfamiliar with them. Sandy had to repeat herself 3 times before her order was understood.

After breakfast and shopping at our local marché, we took the bus to the Rocabey stop. We needed to go to a para-pharmacy to purchase vitamins and other toiletries that aren’t available at the grocery stores. We went to the first para-pharmacy, Rocabey Para-Pharmacy, but they only had one of the three items we needed. We walked around the corner to the Para-pharmacy de La Gare for the additional 2 items. They were very busy.

We walked back towards Intra-Muros on the shady side of the street. The temperature was 24 C but felt much hotter. We were glad to reach our apartment.

During our walk back to the apartment we spotted a car with a license plate from Portugal in parking lot.


car from Portugal in the parking lot

After lunch we reserved our train and hotel room for our return trip to the USA in September. Time goes fast.

An hour before the time of high tide we walked to the Place de l’Evantail to walk in the water. The wind had picked up and the temperature had actually dropped since our walk in the morning. However, the water was warmer!

le mercredi 11 juillet 2018 – Wednesday July 11, 2018

Today was the last day of Michael’s vacation. The photos he sent from Iceland this week have been almost magical. So much white water, rocks, cliffs, falls but very few trees. He returns to the U. S. late this afternoon.

It was only 15 C when Sandy shopped for our breakfast. She even wore a jacket today. We took the bus to the Intermarche grocery store, did our shopping, checked out quickly, and were back at the bus stop to return home in 45 minutes!

After lunch it was still cool in the shade, so we took our camping chairs to the harbor. The tide was coming in with at least 3 more hours until high tide. There were many things happening. We watched at least 4 fishing boats unload huge amounts of mussels packed in orange mesh bags, weigh them, throw the orange bags onto pallets, and load into refrigerated trucks. Four Corsair Ferries were coming and going, and when the locks opened we watched a Russian cargo ship and 10 sail boats exit the basin into the channel. The Condor Ferry was loading, and the Armorique a light house and beacon repair ship returned to the harbor. We had a very entertaining two hours!


weighing crustaceans from a fishing boat


unloading moules (mussels) from a boat

le jeudi 12 juillet 2018 – Thursday July 12, 2018

We received a text around 5h30 am this morning letting us know Michael was back in Grand Rapids. His cat was glad to have him at home.

Sandy asked the assistant at La Fournee Malouine if the boulangère was here this week. Sandy hadn’t see her since Sunday. The assistant thanked her, said that was nice, the madam was here all week just very busy making many sandwiches in the back. They do a large take-away sandwich business this time of year. With the new terrace, this boulangerie is even more enticing to have an inexpensive lunch and be able to sit down in the shade.

We watched Alain play boules for a few minutes and visited with him. He and his wife had just returned yesterday from attending Jean’s funeral in Paris.  They had spent 6 nights helping Denise in Paris.

We walked in the water at the Plage de Môle at low tide. There was a lot of sand to walk through!


while on our walk in the water we saw these kids learning to sail

After dinner we listened to the “Les Corsairs Malouins” sing sea shanties. They were very entertaining.  We have fun watching and listening to the group.


“Les Corsairs Malouins” sing sea shanties

le vendredi 13 juillet 2018 – Friday July 13, 2018

The town was very quiet when Sandy shopped for our breakfast.

We walked to the Saint-Servan marché to purchase meat. We arrived at the bridge while it was open and waited a few minutes for boats to enter the lock and the bridge to slide closed. The marché was busy. A lot of tourists in town for vacation and extra people in town due to tomorrow being the Fete National 14th Juillet. After 15 minutes in line, it was our turn.

We had an uneventful walk back home and since the wind was out of the north there was a cool breeze blowing.

Today was one of the days of the Grande Marée where the tide is exceptionally high. The expected co-efficient was 101. It was also one of the days of exceptionally low tide. There were warnings in the newspaper and on the radio for people to be observant.  It was a good day for “Pêche à Pied,” fishing by foot. People walk out a very long way in the sand to the sand bars to dig or rake for their dinner. The warnings were due to the fact that once the tide starts to come back in it does it very rapidly. We walked in the sand a very long way before we got to the ocean.  We were on the far side of the Fort National. It was farther than we’d ever gone to reach the water. We walked in the water for a while in both warm and cold temperatures.


the beach at low tide, it is quite a walk to the water

le samedi 14 juillet 2018 – Saturday July 14, 2018

Today was the Fete National Quatorze Juillet (National Holiday 14th of July). A lot of visitors were expected in town. Signs had been posted at parking lots, entrances to the ramparts etc about the possible closure. The Intra-Muros was closed to all vehicular traffic starting at 17h00 unless you had proof of residency or owned a business. Restaurants and bars were busy!

We walked to the beach before noon today. A Grande Marée is scheduled for 8h45 and after 21h00 this evening. We wanted to walk in the water between a high and low tide to avoid walking through blocks of sand and yet have enough beach to walk on. The sky was brilliantly blue and the air fresh.


great looking sail boat we saw on our walk on the beach

Later we walked out of the walls at 22h45 to be in place to see the fireworks. There were very large city trucks, garbage truck size blocking the entrance to all of the ports. Streets were blocked off and police were around.

At 23h00 the fireworks started. It was just barely dark but they were on time. They were set off at the Môle des Noires or the breakwater. We and several thousand additional people stood in the middle of one of the round points to watch. They were incredible and timed to music played over large speakers. It was amusing to hear songs from the USA, Ireland, France, and other countries. Several of the songs dealt with the sea, and one of the famous Saint-Malo songs Santiano was part of the entertainment. The fireworks lasted for 22 minutes, 6 minutes longer than last year. We were back in our apartment by 23:30. Time for bed!

le dimanche 15 juillet 2018 – Sunday July 15, 2018

It was relatively quiet when Sandy shopped for our breakfast. She passed several street cleaning crews trying to clean up after such a crowd yesterday.

After breakfast we took the number 1 bus to the Le Mouchoir Vert bus stop and then walked about 1/2 kilometer to the Vide Grenier (empty attic flea market) at Square de Biscayenne on the Rue de la Marne.  Every year it is a big market with lots of vendors.  Our friend Alain and his wife Mary-Yvonne were there.  Alain was helping at the concessions stand.


the large crowd at the Vide Grenier

On the way back we missed our bus and ended up walking all the way back to the apartment.

This afternoon is the final of the World Cup from Russia.  France and Croatia are playing.  There are people all over the place in the Place du Marché aux Légumes.  There was a lot of horn blowing and shouting during the game.  France won 4-2 so everyone is pretty happy.   The game ended about 4 hours ago, but the celebrating is still going.






le semaine se terminant le dimanche 8 juillet 2018 – the week ending Sunday July 8, 2018


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le lundi 2 juillet 2018 – Monday July 2, 2018

It was much calmer and more quiet at the boulangerie today.  Sandy shopped there for our breakfast. She saw our friend Michel, owner of the Hotel Quic-En-Groigne, picking up a huge basket of various breakfast breads for his guests.

After breakfast we tried to beat the predicted rain and do some grocery shopping. By the time we finished our shopping, the rain had been delayed until after 15h00.

After lunch we walked to the boules court to see if Alain was playing. He was playing but throwing with his left hand. He said he had “tennis elbow” in his right arm and was using his left arm today. The rain had again been pushed back until after 16h00 so we walked towards the Mole, the breakwater.


while on our walk on the Mole, breakwater

On our return we walked down Rue de l’Orme.  This short street has a butcher shop, a cheese shop, a Le Bar à Babas shop (rum desserts), the world famous butter shop Bordier, a small vegetables and fruit shop, 4 restaurants, and the Halle Blé.

This is the “year of the terrace” since the butcher shop and Le Bar à Babas were having terraces installed today. Rue de L’Orme is a very congested street now, with terraces and tourists it will be a challenge when walking.

le mardi 3 juillet 2018 – Tuesday July 3, 2018

It rained over night and the streets were wet.

Sandy shopped for our breakfast at Maison de Pain. When she walked through the door the lady greeted her with a “Bonjour,” and then asked “Pain au raison and un baguette gana?” Sandy answered oui, paid for her purchases, and was out the door on her way back home.

Michael took the train from Paris Gare Montparnasse to visit us today. He arrived around 13h30.

After a quick sandwich at home we walked along the Ramparts and admired the views. The sun was shining but the temperature was not hot. Sandy and I enjoyed a “Menthe à l’eau” (mint syrup and water) and Michael had a beer at Le Charly’s Bar before heading for home. At the bar, the waiter asked Michael if he wanted a lo-cal beer. Michael thinking he meant a light beer said no. However, the waiter was referring to a locally brewed beer – aka “local”. We still find it interesting to hear culturally appropriate phrases and understand the true meaning of each phrase.  In the end Michael got a regular beer.

This is the week of the 23rd edition of the Folklore du Monde, World Folklores. There are 20 different groups performing throughout the week from the countries of: ALGERIA, MACEDONIA, URUGUAY, GEORGIA, THE REPUBLIC OF TUVA, MEXICO, and IRELAND. They perform at different places round town and also feature Bretagne (Brittany) dancers and musicians. We watched two groups perform from Algeria and Macedonia just a few steps outside our apartment on the main street. Very colorful and entertaining!

For dinner we ate at one of the restaurants on the Place du Marché aux Légumes. It was a beautiful evening and especially enjoyable since Michael was with us.

le mercredi 4 juillet 2018 – Wednesday July 4, 2018

The USA is celebrating a holiday today!

The weather forecast was for rain in the afternoon so we headed to the beach around 11. Michael was swimming while Sandy and I sat on our beach chairs. It began to rain, even though at that time there was a 15% chance. We picked up our chairs, climbed the stairs to the street, and by then it had stopped. Back down to the sand we went and watched Michael dive off the “high dive”. Since high tide had just occurred, the distance to the water from the high dive was not as high as normal because most of the platform was still under water. That was the end of the rain for the day.


sandy reacting to the cold water


Michael on low high dive

After a quick-lunch at home we decided to walk to the harbor to check out the boules game. Our friend Alain was in the lobby picking up the mail for Denise. He told us he was meeting the immobile so Denise could sell her apartment. Another sad bit of news.

The entertainment from the Folklore du Monde was from Uruguay and Georgie. Part of one of the dances included swords, so there was a lot of music, noise, and dancing!

We had dinner at restaurant L’Aristide for this first time. The dinner was delicious and beautifully presented. However, the prices were high compared to other restaurants in the area. We’ll save this for special occasions.

le jeudi 5 juillet 2018 – Thursday July 5, 2018

After breakfast we took the Corsaire ferry to Dinard. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, there was a light breeze blowing and the temperature was around 70 F. We Walked to the Dinard marché, looked at a few stalls then returned to the beach. Michael went in swimming and we sat on a bench enjoying the day and watching seagulls. We watched a lady become very startled when a sea-gull walked up to her pizza box and helped himself to a slice of pizza. She wasn’t happy but it was amusing to watch. We purchased ham sandwiches to eat on the bench after Michael finished swimming. Then we walked back to the ferry dock and returned to Saint-Malo. It was a lovely 4 hour trip.


on the Corsaire ferry heading to Dinard

Around 18h00 we watched the Folklores du Monde entertainment from Mexico and the Republic of Tuva.


throat singers from the Republic of Tuva, on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory” the Sheldon character was attempting to learn Tuvan throat singing


folklore dancers from Mexico

After the entertainment, we walked along the beach out of the walls near the ocean. It was a great walk and we stopped at PIZZERIA L’OLIVIER for dinner. We each enjoyed a pizza, had a nice walk back and bought ice cream cones from Sanchez for dessert. Sandy read in the newspaper that SNCF, the train company was having a strike today and tomorrow. We’ll check in the morning on Michael’s train trip back to Paris


le vendredi 6 juillet 2018 – Friday July 6, 2018

After breakfast Sandy looked up Michael’s train trip for Saturday. His train trip was one involved in the strike and it had been cancelled. We discovered he could take a direct train tomorrow from here back to Gare Montparnasse. So, we booked a hotel room for him again at the Hotel Plaza Opera, cancelled his hotel room at the CDG airport, and took the bus to the train station. Upon arriving, there wasn’t anyone waiting in line and we were able to change his train reservation. We then took the bus to Saint-Servan, looked at the market, walked to the Rosarie Sainte Anne garden, down to the beach and back home. It’s a great walk.


flower garden by the Tour Solidor in Saint-Servan

At home, we received an email from the owner of the Hotel Plaza Opera. She saw we had booked another night for Michael and asked us to do her a favor. Her son had been here this week visiting our mutual friends who own the Hotel Quic-En-Groigne here in Saint-Malo. He accidentally left his keys at the hotel and wanted to know if our son would bring them with him tomorrow to their Paris hotel. No problem. Glad we can help out. She has always gone out of her way to take care of us at her hotel and this will help them a lot.

Michael complained of ear discomfort today. Around 15h00 we decided it was worth a trip to the doctor’s office to see if an appointment was available in the afternoon. We were in luck.  The receptionist, who knows us, was still there.  She was very kind and scheduled him for a 19h40 appointment later in the day. He didn’t feel well all afternoon. Dr. Bernard-Griffith diagnosed an outer ear infection.

On the way back from the doctor’s office we stopped at Chez Marcel for a kebab sandwich for dinner.

le samedi 7 juillet 2018 – Saturday July 7, 2018

Since the pharmacies closed at 19:30 last night we weren’t able to pick up Michael’s prescription. Phil took care of that this morning. We translated the instructions and he was set for the next 7 days.

At 11 am all of us took the bus to the train station, There were many people waiting and 4 trains parked at the station, Michael’s train left 5 minutes late, but at least it was running. A few later trains had been cancelled due to the strike. We were sad to say good-bye, but anxious to hear of his next 3 days in Iceland before returning to the USA. It was a very pleasant visit and we sincerely enjoyed having him with us. He is such an easy-going, fun person to be around. We are very proud of him and all of his accomplishments.


Michael and Sandy – about to escort Michael on to the train for Paris

It was a quiet afternoon with just two of us at home. At 17h00 the last Folklore du Monde performed at the Esplanade Saint Vincent. The trees next to the ramparts are large enough next to provide shade for the performers and some of the viewers. We were in the shade. The group from Uruguay performed for over 30 minutes. The dances and songs were different from what we had seen earlier in the week. The next group from Algeria was not as interesting to us. They had several drums, the dancers wore masks, and had sword fights. After 15 minutes we headed for home.

le dimanche 8 juillet 2018 – Sunday July 8, 2018

We took a walk on the digue this morning.  A lot of people on the digue, on the beach and in the water.


people on the beach and in the water


In the afternoon, Michael was at the airport for his flight to Reykjavik Iceland.  He will stay in Iceland until Wednesday.  Then he will return to the USA via Chicago.


le semaine se terminant le dimanche 1 julliet 2018 – the week ending Sunday July 1, 2018


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le lundi 25 juin 2018 – Monday June 25, 2018

The forecast is for a high of 23 C, almost 75 F. We took the bus, shopped at the Intermarche grocery store, returned on the bus all in less than an hour and a half.

Sandy spent awhile continuing to wash windows, window sills, frames and the frames of our awnings in the back or west side of the apartment. With warm temperatures predicted all week, she wanted the windows clean and cobweb free. We also bought a large bottle of Monsieur Prop, Mr. Clean, this morning.  When the pigeons are gone there will be a lot of cleaning to do on the balcony.

We went out to the harbor late in the afternoon and discovered Alain finishing up a boules game. It was very pleasant in the shade with a fairly cool breeze.


the Sirocco in the harbor

Sandy peeked around the curtain to see how the squab was doing before bedtime.  Unfortunately it did not survive.

le mardi 26 juin 2018 – Tuesday June 26, 2018

Today’s high temperature forecast is for 27 C.  Hot for Saint-Malo. Sandy shopped at the marché for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Later, we took the 10h03 #6 mini bus to the Saint-Servant marché to go to the butcher. We wanted to buy ground beef and some sausage meat to make meatballs. We also bought some chicken breasts. We walked home down the hill and could tell it was going to be a warm day.

There seem to be many more tourists around. Apparently many arrived Sunday or yesterday. You can tell because they’re uncertain where they’re driving, frequently making wrong turns on one way or dead-end streets. Then they have to back out causing traffic jams.

In the afternoon we went to the beach. We took water shoes and walked in the ocean in mid-calf deep water. It was still surprisingly cold, but the day was sunny warm and refreshing.


walking around on the beach in the shallow water


le mercredi 27 juin 2018 – Wednesday June 27, 2018

Phil spent almost an hour cleaning up our balcony this morning. Good thing we purchased a large-sized bottle of Monsieur Prop! We can finally put our table and chairs on the balcony and enjoy it ourselves. Sandy is glad to have the railing to hang our clothes drying rack from the sides.

The forecast is for a high of 28 C. Another hot day. Phil made meatballs and Sandy spent the rest of the morning cleaning the french doors to the balcony.

We spent over an hour walking in the ocean in the afternoon. It’s such a great way to stay cool and get some exercise.


kids learning to sail on Wednesday afternoon, no school in the afternoon

We enjoyed Phil’s meatballs for dinner.

le jeudi 28 juin 2018 – Thursday June 28, 2018

The warm forecast continues. Sandy opens all of the french doors and windows of our apartment when she gets up in the morning. Then as the sun rises over the walls and buildings we close the windows and shutters to stay cool. So far, this has worked.

Sandy was pleased to see the madam at La Fournee Malouine when she shopped for our breakfast. The boulangère (female baker) said she’d had a great vacation. During her vacation a terrace had been installed in the front of her store.

Sandy made several unplanned trips down our stairs. She was continuing to clean our balcony using the broom. The head of the broom, the part with the bristles, shot off the handle and fell to the ground. She ran downstairs to retrieve it. The broom needed some repairs. Next she washed the french doors on the outside while standing on the balcony. The wind had become much stronger and before she knew it, her roll of paper towels blew to the ground. Downstairs she went again to retrieve them. Finally finished, we decided that it was so nice and cool we didn’t care to wade in the ocean.

We took our chairs to the harbor at low tide and watched the water rise. The Armorique, a ship we hadn’t seen before arrived to wait for the locks to open. It is a ship that manages the lighthouses and buoys. It had come from Roscoff, France. By the time the locks opened, 2 hours prior to high tide, there were 12 boats waiting to enter the lock.


Armorique with signal lights on the deck


gull that came by to see if we had any food to share

le vendredi 29 juin 2018 – Friday June 29, 2018

At the La Fournee Malouine this morning to purchase our breakfast Sandy saw the new tables and chairs on the terrace. They look very pretty and will be enjoyed for sure.

After breakfast Sandy shopped at our marché for fruit. She knows the “routine” by now. If you want to purchase fruits and vegetables you wait, sometimes in line, for Monsieur Alix or his helpers to serve you. You only help yourself when directed by him with a “servez-vous,” serve yourself. There were two people in line in front of Sandy. An English gentleman that had helped himself to leeks and was standing there holding the leeks and his money waiting to pay. Another local lady was waiting in front of Sandy. Monsieur Alix helped the local lady in front of Sandy. Then he helped Sandy. The English gentleman was ignored until after Sandy left and there wasn’t anyone else in line. He will learn the routine quickly.

We took the bus to Intermarché to buy ice cream drumsticks to enjoy for the weekend Our favorite flavor is a chocolate and pistachio twist. Delicious!

Our friend Alain stopped by after lunch to deliver some sad news.  Our friend Jean, who we had visited in May in Paris, had died during the night.  Tough news for us.  But even tougher for Alain.  Jean was Alain’s cousin, but more like a brother.

Around 16:00 we walked to the Plage de l’Eventail to walk in the water. The tide was just beginning to come in and we walked quite a ways on sand to reach water. The water was very clear and cool-refreshing!


10 kite surfers enjoying the water and a stiff wind

On the way back, we passed a group of people walking down the street who had purchased galettes for a snack. A lady had her galette on a paper plate in her hand. We watched a gull swoop down from the sky and grab the galette. The gull dropped it on the ground in front of the lady and took a few bites. It was very amusing to see, although the lady seemed very surprised and not very happy!

le samedi 30 juin 2018 – Saturday June 30, 2018

The forecast is for hot again today. So far this week, we have avoided real hot days. There has been a breeze out of the north keeping the temperatures pleasant, even with the sun shining.

After breakfast we decided to walk in the ocean around noon before low tide. We wanted to avoid walking through a block or more of beach to reach the water. The clouds came out, the wind was from the north, and the temperature was around 20 C or 68 F. We went to the beach anyway. The sun came out making us feel warm but was very comfortable.


Sandy after our walk on the beach in the water

The forecast changed to reach a high of 26 C. With our windows open to dry sheets, it seemed like a hurricane was blowing through our apartment. Both Paris, France and Holland, Michigan are under excessive heat warnings today. Fortunately here in Saint-Malo we are not.

For dinner we went to Chez Marcel’s for kebab sandwiches, frites and Orangina. Sandy wore a windbreaker since the wind was still strong. We arrived shortly after 19:00 and he was not quite ready to open. Everything was delicious as usual.

After eating we walked to the esplanade Saint-Vincent. Tomorrow is July 1st and we will need new bus passes. The new cards and automated machines make it very convenient to renew for the month. We’re ready for tomorrow!

le dimanche 1 juillet 2018 – Sunday July 1, 2018

We were woken up during the night by thunderstorms. Usually living in a building made of granite we don’t hear too much. The thunder and lightning must have been loud.

La Fournee Malouine was extremely busy this morning. A group of bicycle riders had just arrived from the UK on the ferry.  Every table in the back was occupied. They all ordered coffee and something to eat for breakfast and were buying sandwiches for lunch. The two tables in the front were occupied by two Asian couples. Sandy was 5th in line and by the time she was ready to leave the line was out the door. Great business today!

Just got a text that Michael had landed at CDG airport in Paris.  Good!

In the afternoon we walked down to the harbor. We took our camping chairs so we could sit in the shade of the trees.  Most of the benches are not in the shade.  Also they are wood and very rough on the bottom.  A dog and its owner were in the harbor area exposed by the low tide.  The dog was having a great time going in and out of the water.


dog exited the water but was in again in a few seconds

Just got a text from Michael that he had checked into his hotel.  Great!