Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Brittany (Bretagne)

  • Saint Malo

    Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany. In the Middle Ages, it was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. Later, Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. Jacques Cartier, born in Saint-Malo, sailed from Saint-Malo up the Saint Lawrence River and visited sites of Quebec Citny and Montreal, and is thus credited as the discoverer of Canada.

  • Cancale

    Cancale lies along the coast to the east of Saint-Malo. A picturesque fishing village with a reputation as the "oyster capital" of Brittany, Cancale attracts tourists with a large number of choice restaurants serving seafood.

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