Wednesday, April 15, 2009

St Malo, France - June 7, 2008

San Malo turned out to be nothing like we expected. Rather than a seaside city with rambling narrow streets, a rich mix of architecture and peppered throughout with a parks and treed squares, we found a uniform set of multi-story, precision built stone buildings, surrounded entirely with massive, crenelated ramparts. So much for romance. Anyway, it is at the seaside, so we were almost right.
Indeed, it seems that the people of Saint-Malo were the first French sailors to sail around the fearsome Cape Horn at the end of the 17th century, and on to exotic places like Chile for nitrate, California or Australia for wood and wheat, New-Caledonia for nickel and so on. More snaps available here.

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