Our Saint-Malo visit concluded with the highest Spring Tide of the year last night at 8.40pm. Again, it was a little undramatic but hopefully the following photos give some idea of the huge tidal range here – second only in the world to the Bay of Fundy in Canada!
As we were preparing to leave the Camping de la Cité d’Alet this morning, we noticed a small sign pointing up the hill which said Memorial. What a surprise when we wandered up there, we found – now part of the campsite – not only a touching war memorial to the American fallen of the liberation of Saint-Malo, but a set of wartime bunkers used in the defence of the town. It was quite a shock to imagine the carnage which once took place here in a place where children were now playing and families cooking breakfast. Bullet-holes could clearly be seen in the concrete, and although overturned, in one photo you can see an actual gun used to shoot actual shells at actual people. It sent shivers down my spine.
On a happier note, we found a fantastic must-see attraction in Nantes,on the Loire (all will be explained in our next post) so we’re heading that way in the morning. At the moment we’ve stopped in a free aire in Messac (our last stop in Brittany) for the night. It’s very quiet apart from the French motorhomers arguing with each other over the use of services. Johnny Foreigner just doesn’t get the concept of queuing I’m afraid. We’re beside a marina which joins the Vilaine River – one we met in both Redon and again in Vannes. As it’s Sunday, everything is closed so it’s home cooking and an early night I think.