Monday, 2 September 2019

cap d’erquy

The region of Bretagne and its Côtes-d’Armor (ar mor meaning ‘the sea’ in Breton and also recalling somewhat recursively the Roman name for the province, Armorica, Latin for ‘along the coast’) department is abundant with spectacular headlands, rocky sandstone and granite cliffs tumbling into the sea and secret sandy coves, and we had the chance to explore many of them.
One of the first we explored this time around was breath-taking for its dramatic vistas but also fort the introduction to the diverse and unique natural landscapes and proof that given time and determination that re-wilding can occur.  Click on the images to enlarge and for more detail.
The misty coastal path (in parts elevated on wooden planks) that wound through this point was once farmland but has been rehabilitated as a protected reserve and again hosts uninterrupted hectares of moorland, peatbogs and pinewoods with a thick blanket of gorse (Stechginster, les Ulex) and heather (Weide, la Callune) that gradually changes colour with the seasons.