As a part of my study abroad program, we took two group trips, one of which to the Loire Valley (which I posted about here) and another to Saint-Malo and Normandy, but more on Normandy later. Saint-Malo is the quaintest coastal town, about four or five hours outside of Paris. The streets are made of cobblestone and the entire town is surrounded by a large wall.
Out on the water were sailboats of all sizes, and the shore was filled with rocks and boulders of all shapes and sizes. The water was so, so clear and so, so cold. We had a few hours of free time before dinner, so my friends and I walked along the wall and wandered along the beach. I only wish I had had more time to explore the area! Also, our hotel was the cutest - the walls were covered with photos of sailboats and similar things!
The next morning, we had a wake-up call of 5:00am because we were setting out to walk three-hours along the beach to a place called Mont St. Michel, which is a large, old church perched on a small island. I had no idea what to expect to be quite honest, but the walk ended up being rather enjoyable.
The beach was so large that you couldn't see the ocean or the road and the tide was all the way out, so the sand seemed to go on forever. We walked through mud, jumped on quicksand, (sank in quicksand), and waded through water, but we eventually made it. The whole island almost gives me a little bit of a Hogwarts Castle vibe.
The island and church were incredible, and then we ventured on to Normandy! Look out for a post on that soon.