La Roque-Saint-Christophe

The Roque-Saint-Christophe is a striking site. It encapsulates the extraordinary history of Périgord, mind-bogglingly long, and full of bloody twists and turns. The South of Périgord is structured around powerful rivers, such as the Dordogne, the Isle and the Vézère, and the steep valleys they have carved out. Cliffs and rocky outcrops everywhere mark theContinue reading “La Roque-Saint-Christophe”

Monsters, saints, queens, and shipwrecks

The Coast of Legends is dotted with shoals, rocks, islets, islands, peninsulas. Some islands are accessible on foot at low tide still, if you don’t mind risking wet feet. Rocks seem to rise up to the ocean. Mounds, towers of huge granite boulders won’t budge for waves or sea spray. Some look like petrified monsters,Continue reading “Monsters, saints, queens, and shipwrecks”

From Pointe Saint Mathieu to aber Ildut

In this treeless, ever-windy landscape, an important industry was the exploitation of wrack. In French it’s goémon, from the Breton word, or varech, which has the same Anglo-Scandivian root as the English word. It was used as a fuel, fertiliser, and animal feed. As you walk along the cliff top, you can still see theContinue reading “From Pointe Saint Mathieu to aber Ildut”