St. Malo is the port you go to to see Mont St. Michel, but since we’d been there just a few weeks before, we opted to explore St. Malo itself, and the historic Chateau Du Montmarin.
First up was the Chateau, the perfect example of the crisis many old properties in France are going through. Maintaining them is grotesquely expensive, and the old families are struggling to hold onto their estates. There HAS to be an income stream, and they are hard to come by. Opening them up to the public is one way to add income.
This Chateau, although beautiful, was showing the beginning signs of decay which is characteristic of a struggling property. We met the grandson who was technically “in charge,” but having trouble getting buy in from the older generations on the changes that were going to be necessary for their survival. One of his ideas was to open the house up as a “bed and breakfast,” a move his parents and grandparents were resisting. We had a very interesting conversation with him, then were turned loose to explore the property.
From the Chateau we headed for St. Malo. After a brief tour, we were cut loose to explore on our own.
I had such a lovely afternoon. After walking all around town, I decided to stop at a creperie for a little snack before returning to the ship. I sat outside on the patio, sipping a glass of wine, filling out post cards and eating my crepe. It was heavenly!