March 16, 2009

Europe In 30 Days - St Malo and Cancale France - Part 2

It's late in the afternoon and there is a light drizzle of rain, but Cancale is only about a 15 minute drive from St Malo so we head in that direction.

When we arrive in Cancale we park in the town square in front of a church and walk down to La Houle. Here fishermen's houses have been converted into restaurants, cafes and shops. We stop here to take pictures of the Tour a Feux lighthouse, and since the tide was out we sat for awhile and looked out over the oyster beds. When the cod-fishing industry collapsed in the 19th century, Cancale's fishermen turned to oyster-farming. The flat oysters (belons) are farmed here for their large size.

The rain is coming down a little bit harder now and we seem to be the only people silly enough to still be out in the rain. So we head into one the restaurants looking out over the harbour and I order something hot to drink and it's NOT an Irish coffee! I decided on a Vin chaud. That's right, I'm having a hot wine! Life is good in France! After we dry out a little bit we head back up the hill to the car.

Stijn has had his heart set on having Fruit de Mer (frwee duh MEHR) while we are on the coast of France, and the clerk at our hotel has recommended Les Embruns. So on our way back from Cancale we find Les Embruns and head inside. The restaurant is very elegant with linens on the tables, candles lit and we have a nice table for two in a corner by the window. We order a bottle of wine along with Fruits de Mer for Stijn and I decide on grilled Langostines. When our meal arrives and I see the platter of seafood that is set down in front of Stijn, I now know why this dish is called "Fruits of the Sea". Crab, lobster, oysters, clams, mussels, two types of snails, langostines, my gosh!
Before we start to indulge on this magnificent meal, we make a toast and reflect on another amazing day in France.

If you would like to see pictures of our evening just go to Wheres Debbie and click on the "Cancale" album.


  1. Great stories, I'm sure many people enjoy reading them even if they don't post any comments!

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