lundi 15 juillet 2013

Excursion 3: Dinan, Dinard, and Saint-Malo & a birthday!

Hello everyone!

This past Wednesday, we took a break from classes and activities to see a bit more of Brittany. You can read a summary of our excursion below.

Before discussing that however, I would like to mention that we celebrated another birthday today! Happy Birthday, Emily! :)



Our first stop, Dinan is a prime example of a medieval town, complete with cobbled roads, half-timbered houses, and impressive ramparts. While at Dinan, the stagiaires have the chance to several historical sights, including the Saint-Sauveur basilica, which houses the heart of Bernard du Guesclin, a Breton knight who played an important role in the Hundred Years' War. In order to ensure that the stagiaires take full advantage of their time in Dinan, each group is given a scavenger hunt, which lists the most important sights to see.

Group photo in front of the statue of du Guesclin



Our next stop was the nearby town of Dinard. While the town is something in itself, what really sets Dinard apart are its beaches, which make it a popular resort. Some of the things to see in Dinard include the statue of Alfred Hitchcock, the villas that line the coast, and the birds that have no fear whatsoever.

While in Dinard, after enjoying lunch beside the beach, we had a bit of time to enjoy the lovely weather, stroll around the beach, and get our feet wet.

Group photo on the beach
The required group jumping photo
Alfred Hitchcock!



Our final destination for this excursion, Saint-Malo, is a popular tourist destination with an interesting history. Once an important port city for the region, Saint-Malo was not only the home to Jacques Cartier, discoverer of Canada, but also to many privateers (=legal pirates!!). Some popular things to do in Saint-Malo include walking the ramparts, enjoying the beach complete with a swimming pool designed to retain water during low-tide, and eating delicious ice cream at a place called Sanchez.

Gate into the city
The aforementioned swimming pool


Well, that about sums up our third excursion!

As this is our last week, things are simultaneously winding down and becoming hectic. Not only will this week be devoted to practicing, preparing for Paris, and getting ready to leave Saint-Brieuc, but this Thursday is actually our fête des familles, where the stagiaires will be able to show off their hard work this summer. You can expect an update detailing the fête by the end of this week.

A bientôt,

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