Beating the crowds


We got up early, put on several layers of clothing and cycled 10 km through the frosty morning to Mont St Michel. Our plan paid off as we beat all the coachloads of tourists and saw that spectacular island/peninsular in the early morning light and almost totally deserted. The views of it and from it are equally stunning.

We returned to Pontorson for breakfast and set off heading west into Bretagne. We found some greenway cycling routes and rode along the coastal dykes. The tide was way out over vast mud flats and the country side was beautifully green on this cold sunny day.

We ate oysters for lunch (Rosalie ate an oyster for lunch) and drank Bretagne cider (brut) – a delectable combination.

Cancales was over-run with tourists (and cars) that had come for the spectacular scenery, glorious weather and the Cancales Carnevale. We watched an entertaining community pageant despite it having become seriously grid-locked.

We had heavy traffic and rude drivers from Cancales to Saint Malo where our accommodation (non-)plans came apart. We’d assumed we’d have no problem finding a room as it was Sunday but we hadn’t allowed for the fact that it was a bank holiday weekend and St Malo was fully-booked due to a book festival. So, the crowds evened up the score by the end of the day.

We finally found some WiFi at the tourist information office (I must get a SIM card) and an Airbnb room over the La Rance estuary (short ferry ride) and a few kilometres out of town. St Malo is scenic, especially the harbour, and the vast old city within the citadel walls. Dinard on the western side of the estuary is an attractive and popular resort town.

Today’s route

2 Responses to “Beating the crowds”

  1. Herman Vandecauter Says:

    Nice, pay attention for the dangerous roads in France! We are just home from a trip in the north of France, by the Romans and more 🙂

  2. margaret Says:

    Rosalie and Ian – I have just visited Mien op de fiets for lunch, Stay
    ing at Lavinia’s house, leaving with Vincent for Enno taking me there on Thurs. All well. I shall read all the stories when I am at home. Lots of love and travel well. Big hugs, M xx

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