Over on the first ferry to St-Malo this morning and learned the tides are 40' here. Lucky for us it was high tide and getting on and off was easy. As we approached St-Malo the sun came out from behind a cloud bank lighting the buildings and the town walls. Old St-Malo is entirely surrounded by huge ramparts that allow visitors to walk all the way round. They are high and give views of the sea, the tall buildings within, the islands (some of which you can walk to at low tide), and towers.
I headed for the Musee de St-Malo to see what I could discover about Jaques Cartier's voyages to Canada that sailed from here and also the reconstruction of the town after the Nazis destroyed it in August 1944. Nothing much of value there until I met a very old French lady while I was drinking a coffee at the Place Chateaubriand. She remembers the German occupation as a teen, but was sent to university in Grenoble and missed the destruction. But she also remembered the reconstruction. Hard to understand all she said to me...! Cartier sailed for Canada from what is now Chateaubriand - then it was a bay called Bonne Mer but it was reclaimed from the sea about 200 years later. There I was sitting on the exact spot!!