Coastal Days and Saying Goodbye to Summer

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This was my last week of freedom before school starts marking the end of summer.  Two months is the most I have had off since I was 16-years-old.  I have always had corporate jobs where you were lucky if you got two weeks!  I thought in the beginning that it was so much time off and I didn’t know how I was going to fill it.  Now, I realize that it isn’t that much and that I could easily fill a years worth of time off if I could.  Sadly, that is not in my budget.  I am incredibly grateful for this time.  It has been amazing.

As a send-off to summer, I have spent the past week with my mom on the coast.  We have mostly been in Brittany with a brief jaunt into Normandy to see Mont St Michel.  The coast is beautiful and I have been posting way too many beach photos on facebook.  I have gorged myself on seafood and crepes and relaxed into this last week of summer.  I feel incredibly lucky as I get ready to embrace this next part of my journey.  Merci!

We stayed in Beautiful Saint Malo:

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Where we ate lots, and lots, and lots of seafood.  I couldn’t get enough of it!  It’s one of the things I miss most about California while living in land-locked Paris.  That and the sea.

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Okay one of those was a dessert, but really, how can you go wrong with molten chocolate cake?

We spent a morning wandering around nearby Dinan, an old medieval town in Brittany.

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This is where I had my first galette (savory crêpe), crêpe and cider from Brittany.  Although you can find crêpes all over France, they originate in Brittany and many people say they are best here.  I haven’t conducted a full study but these were pretty damned good!

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On Wednesday, we decided to drive to Mont Saint Michel in Normandy.  It is a monastery that is an island part of the time.  The tide is one of the highest in the the world and there are mudflats surrounding it that are completely submerged when the tide is high.

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The last day we went to Cancale to visit the oyster flats.  This teeny fishing village is one of the main producers of oysters in France.  There are small stands at the end of the road by the oyster flats that sell them by the dozen.  For only 5 euros, you get a dozen amazing (shucked!) fresh oysters.  Yum!!  Cancale also has lots of little seafood restaurants with amazing, fresh food.

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It was a lovely trip and now it is back to reality.  Hello, class!  Hello, job hunting!  Let the fall begin.

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