There’s nothing more dreamy than the idea of the European countryside, especially in France. After living here for almost a year and a half, I figured it would be best to take the chance to visit more of France itself rather than bound of to another country close by.
Since the month of May is flooded with holidays (thank you, France!), I jumped at the opportunity to check out Bretagne. What better a vacation than eating Norman oysters and enjoying the salty ocean air. Of course, having Casey in France makes it difficult to plan trips, but sometimes you gotta just say fuck it and bring the dog — which is what we did. My boyfriend and I got a rental car and booked a pet friendly hotel in Dinard, right across the bay from St. Malo.
Hotel Barriere Dinard may possibly one of my favorite places I’ve every stayed. It oozes of nostalgia and warm family memories in the small beach town. Not only were the staff exceptionally accommodating to us, but they loved Casey. On the first day we were out they brought Casey a bone, dog toy, and dog bed. Literally, the cutest. They’re room service menu even has meals for your dogs (a little bougie…but also amazing.)
Bretagne (or as we say in America, Brittany), is full of very history and small towns. Dinard is a cute welcoming little town with many restaurants on the main street and has a cute little casino. One that is not overwhelming and overstimulating but fun nonetheless. Right across the bay, there is Saint-Malo, which is amazing. Saint Malo is a historic town snuggled inside a fort.
Another day trip we made while in Bretagne to Mont St. Michel. If you’re looking into going to Normandy, you’ll already know a little bit about it. Mont. St. Michel is another walled in city but on an island. While you can get there by walking, I’d recommend taking the shuttle. Unfortunately we couldn’t take the shuttle because we had Casey. Walking takes about 30-45 minutes while the bus takes way less than that. Nonetheless, the town has very tight walking streets and has a magical historic feel to it. Try to go there when its not the peak of tourist season though, as it does get crazy!