Entering the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel, my husband recalled that the former fortress inspired the depiction of Minas Tirith in the third Lord of the Rings movie, The Return of the King.
And I told him that St. Malo, where we’d biked and toured the previous day, was one of the settings for Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See.
We spent a week cycling in Brittany, France, (though Mont Saint- Michel is on the Normandy border), savoring rolling hills, coastal flats, pastures of cows, fish, wine, bread, desserts. The French respect cyclists, giving wide berth as they drive by. The country’s vast system of bike paths helped us navigate out of the small city of Rennes with ease. The cycling touring company Abicyclette helped plan our self-guided trip, providing GPS navigation, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, and airport transfers.
Vive La France!