A Walk by any other name...
Ploumanac'h Travel Blog› entry 8 of 9 › view all entries
The French have about as many words for "walk" as the Eskimos have for "ice". Depending on the intention of your walk, you can "faire une promenade" and amble along at a friendly pace, with or without companions. If you really mean business and have a purpose to your step, you can "marcher" to your final destination. A "randonneé" will take you on a prolonged hike with backpack and walking stick and if you just want to stroll along, you can "flâner" your way at a leisurely pace.
When in conversation with our friends here in France, it is never long before we are being advised to take a particularly favorite walk along the coastline or an especially pretty stroll along the river in one picturesque village or another.
After having been advised by numerous people to walk the same trail along a particular stretch of Breton coastline, we decided to follow the advice and drive to the small village of Ploumanac'h. The Côte de Granit Rose, for which this area is named, is most spectacular between Ploumanac'h and the town of Perros Guirec. This well maintained three mile trail meanders through scrubby, yellow broom and purple heather, peeking out from around massive boulders and enormous slabs of rosy pink stone. If walked from end to end, the trail takes about an hour and a half, depending on your choice of French "walk". For the more daring, it is easy to climb to the edge of the oversized rocks for an up close and personal facefull of salty sea spray.
Each stretch of sandy beach, as well as each boat filled port along this granite hewn coastline of Bretagne has something to offer every interest, usually followed up (in our case) with a lucious spread of "fruits de mer", aka mussels and fries, as well as a pitcher of locally made cidre. It's no wonder that this part of France is one of the favorite places for the locals to visit. Just don't try to come here in August.........