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”

The Aulne maritime and the Nantes-to-Brest canal

East of the stunning pont de Trévénez (discover here), you go up the Aulne maritime, the estuary of the Aulne river. At Port-Launay, a lock stops the tides, and turns the meandering river into the canal de Nantes à Brest. But a place called Le Passage, fifteen kilometres down river from Port-Launay, was the ancestralContinue reading “The Aulne maritime and the Nantes-to-Brest canal”