I was in Saint-Malo in western Brittany for five wonderful days, staying at the spectacular Grand Bé Hotel (probably the best hotel I've ever stayed in terms of comfort, wonderful staff, suite size, location and amenities. It was from this town, known later for its state-sponsored pirates, that Jacques Cartier sailed west to discover what would become Canada (and parts of my state of Maine). Cartier is buried in Saint-Vincent's Cathedral, and the photos show both his tomb and the place where the bishop blessed his voyage in 1535. Saint-Malo was 80% destroyed during WWII, but the city has been perfectly reconstructed, including some of the stained glass in the cathedral.
Culture and experiences
Walking around the ramparts of Saint-Malo is one of the great experiences while in the city. Excellent views of the tides, beaches, and Petit and Grand Bé.