We left La Rochelle for Cherbourg with no particular place to go, but half an idea to stay near Mont St Michel; we arrived in its vicinity at about 4pm to see the silhouette of the mount in the sea mist gloom, and decided to press on up the peninsula.
As we got towards St Lo we thought it was time to stop for the night, engaged the online booking portals and reserved at the Mercure.
It is centrally located, has free parking and perfectly acceptable rooms, although slightly small. Our room backed onto the railway station but fortunately there was a strike so it was disarmingly quiet.
The Mercure is a commercial hotel with large conference facilities but we were staying on a Friday night so it was deserted; as far as we could tell there were only another 2 or 3 rooms occupied and it really felt like it. The evening receptionist also manned the bar, and the morning one, the breakfast room.
St Lo that weekend was not a great place for the lonely. Apparently, it is the second conurbation of La Manche (Cherbourg is No.1) The town centre is reasonably well served with shops, bars and restaurants, but there just wasn't anyone around. This seems to be a growing trait in provincial France in recent years, perhaps the young have no money, or maybe it's just my perception!More
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