A Walk by any other name...

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A wild and rugged coastline which is dangerous to those unfamiliar to its secrets.

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.

The sea crashes fiercely against the rocks during high tide.
  Everyone has their own idea of the best place to go to experience the best the area has to offer.  The French are big "walkers" and are proud of their cultural heritage, as evidenced in the many tours and well marked trails that are signposted along roadways and throughout the towns.  Express an interest in any of these endeavors and they fall into action, producing maps with marked trails, tour books (sometimes even written in English) or if within range of a computer, they will pull up the appropriate website or even show you pictures of their latest trip to the area under consideration.  You may even inspire them to consult with friends or colleagues nearby, thereby launching them into detailed discussions or arguments over the best place to do "this" or the best place to see "that", often leaving you out of the conversation entirely.
Mark is dwarfed by the huge rocks.
 

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.

This is a protected National Site.
 The more conservative among us remain on the trail to feel the bracing, onshore breeze and smell its herbal fragrance infuse across the wild, rugged landscape. 

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.........

 

olsalty says:
Kind of looks like Joshua Tree by the Sea, except for the light house and castle of course.
Posted on: Jun 08, 2009
bernard69 says:
thanks for sharing Sandy,never gone there!!!!my last visit to Brittany was nearly 30 years ago!!!!
Posted on: Jun 07, 2009
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A wild and rugged coastline which …
A wild and rugged coastline which…
The sea crashes fiercely against t…
The sea crashes fiercely against …
Mark is dwarfed by the huge rocks.
Mark is dwarfed by the huge rocks.
This is a protected National Site.
This is a protected National Site.
The famous clamshell boulder.
The famous clamshell boulder.
A castle among the rocks.
A castle among the rocks.
Gigantic boulders rising up out of…
Gigantic boulders rising up out o…
One of the many lighthouses along …
One of the many lighthouses along…
Look in the distance to see some o…
Look in the distance to see some …
If I had a nickel......
If I had a nickel......
There actually is a beach among al…
There actually is a beach among a…
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