We took the train from Paris (Montparnasse) to St Nazaire then rented a car. The places we visited while in southern Brittany: Pornichet, la Baule, le Croisic, Batz sur Mer, Guerande, Vannes, Carnac, Guiberon and Concarneau-I’d never heard of one of these before in my life. It was just enough to get a taste of that part of Brittany-enough to make you want to visit again.

Near Carnac are these intriguing megaliths put in place thousands of years ago, all lying east to west. There are thousands of them.

Another view to give you an idea of how they were lined up.

A castle on the edge of the ocean that appeared to be lived in. This was in Quiberon which is on a piece of land jutting out into the ocean called Presqu’ile de Quiberon. Presqu’ile means almost an island which struck me as curious. I guess it might be called a spit of land, maybe a penisula, to Americans. I’ve never lived near the ocean so don’t know these nautical/geographic terms.

I love these fences that protect the dunes.

Just an old rowboat floating in a harbor. Lots of harbors in Brittany.

10 thoughts to “Brittany3”

  1. I quite liked Carnac and the alignments of menhirs. It was like seeing baby Stonehenge – and less touristy, too (at least, compared to the Stonehenge site). Great photos, as usual, Linda!

  2. The megaliths give me chills. I guess the prevailing theory is that they were constructed for astronomical research? To have survived so long… they’re incredible

  3. Great photos Linda. I’ve wanted to see those megaliths at Carnac for a long time and now you’ve taken me there. I especially love the moody, melancholy castle…doesn’t it look like something out of a Daphne de Maurier story? My new French word of the day is presqu’ile – clever!

  4. Thanks for these photos, Linda! I’m going to be in Brittany for three weeks this fall to get some painting done, so I’m particularly interested in these! They are lovely—can’t wait to see these places in real life!

  5. The location of Presque Isle in Maine does not seem to fit the definition of a peninsula. Wonder why it was named that?


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