Saint Malo is an interesting fortified town that has a brilliant past.
It is often called “la cité des Corsaires” /city of the corsairs,due to it’s past population of privateers and pirates. A privateer was a person who was like a modern-day mercenary,with the blessing of the French crown to attack foreign vessels.Not your run of the mill type of job…
Looking towards the city from the outisde.
Some of the thick stone walls that go around the old city…
Arched entrances with some type of heraldry on top.
But, Saint Malo also gained both prestige and wealth through its expeditions to the New World. The most famous resident to sail towards the Americas was Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada. Jacques Cartier’s home in Rothéneuf, outside Saint Malo, can be visited by the public.
Jacques Cartier’s grave inside the Cathedral.
Statue honoring the navigator Surcouf, flanked by flags of Quebec.
Saint Malo is today a popular tourist destination, with its lovely beaches, in easy walking distance outside the city walls.The pirates are long gone, but the lure of the ocean lives on !