Along with one of my best and oldest friends, Jess, and a lovely group of fellow bloggers, we arrived in St Malo on Saturday morning after taking the ferry overnight from Portsmouth - I'll tell you all about that in another post, mes amis. Get excited.
St Malo is not huge, but it is popular with tourists. As we set off on our foodie tour of the old town (I know!), it was still relatively sleepy, but it sure did come to life as the day went on.
Corinne, led us through the cobbled streets and up and down the winding roads, explaining the history of the town and taking us to some of the best food spots as we went.
First up, we stopped off at the old fish market where we sampled some local fish pâté (I wanna say mackerel?) on little crackers.
Fortunately, a mere couple of hours after arriving, I had some in my hand.
We watched the master boulanger at work (I definitely appreciated his Breton-striped T-shirt) making butter biscuits and then a kouign amann. Just to make sure we didn't get hungry, we munched on traditional salted caramels as we observed.
Next up we wandered down to the cathedral, and proceeded to stand outside drinking the local beer and cola like troubled youths. So that was fun.
And our final destination on the tour was a lovely little spice shop where an utterly charming man named Daniel passionately introduced us to his many incredible vanilla pods and peppers - I had no idea there were so many variants of each. I found it really cool.
Despite everything we'd eaten, I was definitely ready for a sit-down and some lunch. I was thrilled to learn we were going to a crêperie right on the old town wall, Le Corps de Garde.
This was my first time on a segway and I bloody loved it.
It was so much fun! Amazingly, we all got the hang of it in minutes, despite being slightly wobbly to start with.
It was also a fantastic way to see more of St Malo - we went out of the old town which most visitors don't bother doing on a short break. I'd been expecting the rest of St Malo to be a bit meh, but it was absolutely charming still! It really is the loveliest town and we saw the most beautiful scenery and views.
Jess and I decided it was sort of a cross between riding a horse and a broomstick (we imagined). I now feel like I want to do a segway tour every time I visit a new city. Which could get expensive.
Our room was beautiful - big and spacious with everything we needed (tea and kettle, phew) and the most fantastic view over the sea.
OK, there was a little time to waste, but is time spent drinking tea and checking one's social media from a comfy bed whilst listening to the sound of the waves outside really time wasted? I think not.
Anyway, we eventually dragged ourselves out of the hotel to have a browse round some of the shops. And there are some really lovely shops in St Malo. It's not generally cheap, unfortunately, but there are some beautiful boutiques.
Yeah, all I bought was postcards.
Back at the hotel, we swiftly got ourselves ready for dinner before meeting the group for dinner at Le 5, the fab panoramic restaurant on the top floor of the hotel.
You can leave on Friday evening, see St Malo and have a great stay, and be back on Sunday evening ready for work the next day. Getting away for the weekend is the best. Oh, travel. You're the one.
Jess and I had so much fun and I feel extremely lucky to have been invited along. As if I get to do these amazing things just because I have a blog. Merci merci, Brittany Tourism!
What are your thoughts on St Malo? Have you been?