We were originally planning to take a ferry from England to France via the island of Jersey, but the ferry timing was less than ideal, so we caught a different ferry and got to explore the very western part of Normandy, starting with our landing in Cherbourg. We spent a little time in town taking care of the basics, getting some lunch, euros, maps, and wine (for later). After studying our new, more detailed maps, we were off!
First stop, Utah Beach.
I’ve been curious about St Malo since reading Anthony Doerr’s book All the Light We Cannot See (and hearing him talk in Bend thanks to the fabulous Deschutes Library!). We stayed within the walled city and wandered all over. It is indeed charming, almost too much so, especially as we learned more of its history– that it was largely destroyed by the Allies in the Second World War and rebuilt over many years afterwards. Still, a lovely place to spend a few days. And a fascinating place to watch the tides, some of the biggest in the world.
From where, we’ll head south and see where that takes us.