As you approach St Malo’s forbidding fortifications from the sea – the grey of its solid stone merging into the grey of the brooding skies – you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is one of France’s most historic cities.
There is an enormous amount of history to discover here; yet, most of what we were seeing were post-war reconstructions, after the city had been on the receiving end of a terrible hammering in fighting between the Germans and the Americans. But, they’ve clearly done a fantastic job, which makes St Malo absolutely perfect for a low-octane day of bracing walks around its walls, exploring its windy beaches, wandering its atmospheric shopping streets, and stopping in for lunch in one of its many restaurants.
We managed to achieve all these things very well, on an enjoyable penultimate day of the world cruise. Seeing as the world has been our oyster for the last 4 and a half months, of course, it was appropriate to end our world tour eating some lovely oysters.
What a gentle way to cruise into the last couple of days of this World Cruise!