Once the track number for our train was displayed on the electronic display boards that are positioned throughout the station we walked to our platform which was only a 3-4 minute walk away. We learned that the train departure platform information is not displayed until 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Once on the train the trip to St. Malo took approximately three hours and we made several stops at small towns on the way. The countryside was pretty; filled with rolling hills, green fields and rustic farms, though it was difficult to see all this beauty at times due to the heavy rain showers popping up from time to time.
Upon arriving at the St. Malo train station it was drizzling but we were prepared with rain jackets and umbrellas so we were good to go. The tour guide representing LinkParis.com that we had booked through the internet met us on the platform and led us to the van where we met the other people that would be taking the tour with us. We knew that the tour was limited to a total of eight people but were pleased to see that there were only six of us which meant a little extra room in the van that was built to accommodate eight passengers and the driver. The driver/guide was very knowledgeable about all of the areas that we traveled to during the tour as she was a native of the region and she had been a tour guide for a number of years. Upon arriving at our first stop which was the old walled city of St. Malo and seeing the impressive grey stone city walls and the adjacent port with the majestic ships (even though I knew that they were replicas) I immediately felt in awe of the place, knowing that it had been home to Corsairs manned by privateers. We walked around part of the city atop the walls and the views from the wall were filled with rocky island fortresses and sandy beaches but the wind was really howling so it was a little uncomfortable. After walking the wall we walked around much of the city within the walls and bought some souvenirs before returning to the van. I don’t think it is necessary to mention the fact that we took lots of pictures and I mean lots.