Our first Saturday in France was rather relaxing. We did not plan anything particular and decided to make it a slower day. First, we drove to the nearby village Saint Suliac and walked around it for a little bit. Voted one of France’s best small village, its quaint and right on the Rance river. With narrow cobblestone streets and very hilly, it wasn’t quite kid friendly to set up a picnic. Since we couldn’t find a place to relax there, we drove off to a different town called Dinard. Right at the entrance of the city we found a huge park with a playground and set down our picnic blanket. Leo & Mila were running around and releasing some energy, while Rick and I enjoyed some down time. Right across the street from the park, there was a spectacular beach looking back at St Malo, so we decided to walk over and take a picture. Leo and Mila had a different idea and before we realized what was happening, both kids were swimming in the water. Even though we were not dressed for the beach, we decided to soak up the sun and enjoy the day (another perfect weather day, sunny & 79). We met a friendly couple from Ireland and stuck up good conversation for a while. Our kids were the same ago so they were able to play the entire afternoon while we conversed. It was really cool to watch Leo & newly made friend act as though they’ve know each other forever. They played soccer, dug holes in the sand and climbed rocks, while Mila and her buddy waded in the water.
Once we got home, Rick fired up the grill and Rick an amazing barbecue of pork, salmon, and hot dogs. He loves to BBQ, and it was so cool that our place has one, so he felt right at home on the grille making our feast.
Running on a bit of adrenaline after such a fantastic day, we decided to push our spirits and take in a beautiful sunset on the coast. Our host had recommended a great hike, Pointe du Grouin, in Cancale. We had planned to make a full day of this excursion but decided the night was too perfect not to try and catch a sunset at the tip of the World. The sun sets at 10:15pm this time of year, so we knew we’d test the kids at this point. We packed up the car and headed out at about 8:30 pm where we drove about 25km to get to the parking area. From there, its a 1km walk to get to the Pointe. It is at the westernmost tip of the Bay of Mont St-Michel, and its brilliant location and unabated views of the coast allows for spectacular sublime viewing of Le Mont St Michel, the Channel Islands, and the Herpin Rock. We hiked to the very end of the rocks, soaking in the moment, and witnessing a breathtaking sunset. As the sun was setting on this perfect day, we experienced our first wildlife encounter. As we were starting to head back to the car, right on our pathway was a fox! Now Leo is complaining for bed time but Mila has found her second wind, for those parents who are familiar with “Dora the Explorer”, Mila sees the fox and immediately shouts at the top of her lungs, SWIPER! It was such a hilarious moment, one Rick got on camera so we’ll upload the video. It was such a great ending to our finest day together.
After using every available minute on Saturday, we decided to use Sunday as a relaxation day and return to our beach bum roots. The weather was once again perfect, 82 degrees and not a cloud to be seen. After breakfast, we headed to a beach called St-Cast-le-Guildo. This little paradise is located about 30 km from where we were staying. The beach was huge! At the first glance, it reminded us of the beaches in California. The water was a bit cold but once you got in, it was very refreshing. Leo and Mila build sand castles and enjoyed this pristine beach. I know we have only been here 4 days but I am in love with this area of France to the point, that I am willing to learn french, buy a little cottage and settle down here for a good while :)