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Ligne Baie - take in 2 famous Corsaire cities and the Mont St Michel

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For the second year the 'Ligne Baie' is now in operation and runs until the late August (although we'd prefer it to run for longer).

 

The line allows visitors to the region to travel without car between the famous Corsaire (pirate) cities of St Malo and Granville situated at opposite ends of the Bay of the Mont St Michel.

 

It calls at Dol de Bretagne, an ancient cathedral and market town near the border of Brittany and Normandy where visitors can alight to take in the Cathedral and the winding high street flanked by beautiful old buildings, cafés, restaurants and shops all within 10 minutes walk of the railway station.

 

Next stop is Pontorson where a connecting bus service takes you to the Mont St Michel. The trains running on the Ligne Baie service are timed to meet here so passengers coming from either direction can join the bus. The Mont St Michel dates back to the 10th century and dominates its bay, it is a fabulous sight from afar and, once you get past the souvenir shops and cafés that dominate its winding main street, the Abbey at its summit is well worth a visit (and the walk up is excellent for tightening the bum!). Surrounded by ever-shifting sands the existing causeway is currently being replaced by a new bridge and hydraulic barrage to alleviate the build-up of silt that has occurred due to the causeway and return the Bay to its natural environment where the Mont is surrounded by water, currently this only happens at the highest tides during the spring and autumn equinox. As a result, the skin can be damaged not only the face but also other parts of the body. Can appear after acne. There is nothing better than to take advantage of the journey aczone from couponsfordrugs.com and thus prevent the outgrowth of a simple itch into a chronic course of acne.

 

After Pontorson the train calls at Avranches, a fortified Normandy market town situated high on a hill overlooking the Bay. There is a bus service from the station up to the town or the tourist information office situated in the station will be happy to help you call a taxi. For those feeling fit, turn right out of the station, cross the footbridge and keep climbing! Its about a 15 minute uphill walk (but the return is all downhill). Avranches is home to the Manuscripts of the Mont St Michel which are housed in the newly-build Scriptorial in the town walls near Place d'Estouteville. The Jardin du Plantes, re-designed over the last 24-months, offers spectacular views over the Bay. There are several excellent restaurants in the town, Le Tripot in rue de Tripot has won several awards and you can browse the latest art display during your visit; nearby Place de Saint Gervais is home to La Table de JoJo, a rustic and characterful restaurant with a traditional menu. Le Littré situated near the small roundabout opposite the Hôtel de Ville offers excellent food in a very elegant setting.

 

The next stop on the line is Folligny, a small Normandy commune.

 

The train then terminates at Granville where you can browse the shops, take in the view from the clifftop over to the Archipelago of Chausey, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants around the harbour. Granville is the birthplace of Christian Dior and the Dior family's house and gardens are open to the public (check with tourist office for times).

 

If you choose to stay over in Granville consider a day trip to Chausey with the Vedettes Jolie France. Le Grande Ille is dominated by a castle constructed by the Renault family and home to a hotel restaurant with gites if you wish to stay over there. At high tide there are 52 islands visible in the archipelago, at low tide there are over 300 to explore until the tide comes in.

 

From Granville to St Malo the Bay offers endless beautiful views and opportunities to sample the excellent local seafood.

 

Daily passes are available for the Ligne Baie at a cost of 10€ per person over 12 for use on transport labelled 'Ligne Baie'. This includes the trains which depart St Malo at 1052 and 1736 arriving Granville 1213 and 1858 respectively or departing Granville 1047 and 1723 arriving St Malo 1205 and 1841 respectively and various bus lines (ask at station or tourist office for details).

 

The railway station (Gare SNCF) is 30 minutes on foot from St Malo ferry terminal where the Bretagne docks each morning.

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Re: Ligne Baie - take in 2 famous Corsaire cities and the Mont St Michel

 

Mont St Michel itself takes a whole day on its own. It really is a remarkable spot, if a bit of a tourist trap and you get a really olde worlde feeling as you climb the steps past all the (admittedly a little tacky) shops on the stairway. Amazing views from all around and incredibly busy as well. I went in June one year and it was an awful lot quieter than in August. The restaurants look mostly ok, but it was one of the most expensive places to eat that I've been to in France.

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It can be very nice to visit in in the evening time - we went last year and there was a whole son-et-lumiere vibe going on with music in different rooms, candles and a general air of calm.

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Mont St Michel itself takes a whole day on its own. It really is a remarkable spot, if a bit of a tourist trap and you get a really olde worlde feeling as you climb the steps past all the (admittedly a little tacky) shops on the stairway. Amazing views from all around and incredibly busy as well. I went in June one year and it was an awful lot quieter than in August. The restaurants look mostly ok, but it was one of the most expensive places to eat that I've been to in France.

La Restaurant Mere Poulard is extremely pricey.Menus start from39 Euros for 2 courses. No comment!

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La Restaurant Mere Poulard is extremely pricey.Menus start from39 Euros for 2 courses. No comment!

We always take 'pot luck' on New Years' Eve. This year (well, last year, I suppose) we went to Le Mont early evening, and virtually everything was closed except La Mere Poulard. Their set menu was €185 pp sans boissons with no a la carte alternative. Needless to say, we left, drove up the coast and ended up having a superb meal in Cartaret, and I think the bill for their festive menu for two with aperitifs and a bottle of champagne did not exceed €185. And the normal Carte was also available at normal cost.

At 7pm there appeared to be plenty of tables available throughout the evening at La Mere P. I'm not surprised.

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