VIsit Saint Malo, in the footsteps of Marie-Laure
Summer 1944, the Nazis occupy Paris. Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and her father flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. They will stay by her reclusive great-uncle in a tall house by the sea, 4 rue Vauborel.
If you have loved the book "All the lights we cannot see", you will enjoy this guided tour around the old town of Saint Malo. From Marie-laure's house to the places that were familiar to her (the beach, the bakery, the Fort National, the Hotel of Bees, etc. ), we will search for Anthony Doerr's sources of inspiration throughout the city.
"On the rue de la Crosse, the Hotel of Bees becomes almost weightless for a moment, lifted in a spiral of flame, before it begins to rain the pieces back to the earth"
― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
9 h 00 : meet up at your hotel in Saint Malo
Walking tour in the walled city, following Marie-Laure's usual itineraries : rue Vauborel, the Beach, the Hotel of Bees, the Bakery rue de Dinan, the Grotto, the Holland Bastion, Cathedral Saint Vincent.
Even if town planning has changed since the war, and most buildings were rebuilt, you will be able to re-enact the young heroin's walks and capture a bit of her feelings.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel, train station, cruise ship or any address you suggest.
End location: At your hotel, train station, cruise ship or any address you suggest.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
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We so much enjoyed our walk with Valerie, learning about St. Malo and the real-life places that inspired the book.