Visits of sites
Let’s discover this wonderful place which is an island again thanks to the rehabilitation of its former maritime character… At the foot of the Benedictine Abbey, founded in 966, a little village developed. It was once much frequented by the pilgrims wishing to pray Archangel Michael. It is now one of the most popular touristic places in France. We shall use the indirect paths and shortcuts to reach the « Marvel »!
Saint-Malo, which is today a big port and a lively seaside resort, is famous for its bay where many islets were fortified at the time of Vauban in the 17th century. Over the 17th and 18th century, this impregnable site became one of the richest cities in the kingdom of France. This was made possible by the doings of its privateers, ship owners and traders. Bombed in August 1944, it was destroyed to 80%, but its reconstruction gave the city its former appearance. Come and follow the paths of its great figures such as Cartier, Surcouf, Chateaubriand, Duguay-Trouin…
A jewel that you shouldn’t miss in the area. During the stroll in the city, you will discover a medieval town offering the amazing sight of religious, civic and military buildings. Due to the fact it was at a major crossroads, Dinan developed with the settling of various religious communities and thanks to intense trade and craftmanship. Sheltered by its well-preserved remparts, take a dive in the specific atmosphere of Middle Ages!
In the Mid-19th century, Dinard was only a tiny fishing harbour facing the city of Saint-Malo. Then, a number of well-to-do English and American families got interested in it and soon were at the origin of one of the most fashionable seaside resorts of the time. Now it offers a great living heritage of villas from the 19th and 20th centuries in an incredible maritime environment.
It is a modern city, now the Préfecture of the Département Ille-et-Vilaine as well as the capital of Brittany with a rich heritage and a long history. It was the headquarters of the Parliament of Brittany whose building remains a symbol of the town. The medieval remains are numerous because Rennes is the city of Brittany with the largest number of half-timbered houses. After the great fire in 1720, the town center was rebuilt in the Classical style. Nowadays, modernity and theMiddle Ages intermingle.
Half-day or full-day trips
The Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel from Cancale to Granville
The Norman Mont-Saint-Michel is located in a large bay stretching between Brittany and Normandy. In Brittany, you can discover an area of polders built in the 19th century and a flat sandy coast offering nice views especially from the harbour of Cancale which is famous for its oyster breeding. In Normandy, the coast gets higher north of Avranches where the manuscripts of the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel are kept. The Pointe du Grouin du Sud, the Bec d’Andaine, the Pointe de Champaux give other splendid panoramas on the way to Granville, another privateers’ town and an active fishing harbour.
The Emerald Coast from Cancale to Cap Fréhel
From Pointe du Grouin in Cancale, the coast is rocky and a lot wilder. There the cliffs get higher and creek follows creek. The city of Saint-Malo, the seaside resort of Dinard are the major sites on this 80kms long coast. Further west, you will see small villages, small seaside resorts like Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer, Saint-Caast or Matignon before you reach Cape Fréhel, its 72m high cliffs, its Bird Reserve and nearby Fort Lalatte.
Other destinations on request
The Coast of Pink Granite
In the Département Côtes d’Armor, there is an unforgettable stretch of coast between Perros-Guirec and Trébeurden. The sites of Ploumanac’h or Trégastel offer landscapes of rocks sculpted by erosion and time. The Dice, The Turtle, Napoleon’s hat are among the most famous shapes but with a little bit of fantasy you will see more…
The Normandy Landings Beaches
The area called Landings Beaches lays in the Départements Manche and Calvados. The Allies landed on 5 different beaches called Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword on June 6th 1944 after a long tough preparation. The number of soldiers involved, the variety and multitude of material and devices used make it one of the most impressive war operations. It allowed a front to be opened on the European ground and, after the Battle of Normandy, it lead to the liberation of France and then Europe. The military remains as well as the military cemeteries are here to remind us that despite the cautiously worked out war scheme it all didn’t go as planned…
Since I started my professional career, I have had lots of opportunities to put my knowledge of the English and the German languages into practice.
I started guiding in Italian a few years ago. So far I propose visits of Mont-Saint-Michel, Dinan and Saint-Malo in that language.
I am glad to work with all kinds of publics: coach or cruise companies, councils, associations, (twinning) commitees, (school) projects, etc. You name them…I have probably guided them!
I have been able to acquire extensive experience of tours, day-trips, visits of towns or sites with a variety of publics in four foreign languages: English, French -of course- German, and Italian. I can also understand and speak a little Japanese now…