EXPLORING THE ROSE GRANITE COAST

You can leave your rose-tinted glasses behind when you visit the Rose Granite Coast in Northern Brittany as the rocks really are pink in hue.  For five miles or so between Perros Guirec and Ploumanac’h, the coast is strewn with huge, rose coloured boulders.

Rose Granite Coast, Brittany, phare

Walking is the way to see this stretch of the coast.  The ‘Sentier des Douaniers’, or Custom Officers’ Path, is just over three miles long and affords spectacular views of the weird rock shapes.  Parts of the coast near to carparks can get crowded, stepping out along the path lets you escape the crowds.  The first time we followed the path we had children of four and six and all managed to get to the end without complaint.

Rose Granite Coast, Brittany, France

Ploumanac’h lighthouse was built in 1860 to warn sailors away from the rocks, it still fulfils that function but now also attracts hoards of camera-toting tourists.  There is a handy car park enabling those who don’t want to walk miles to glimpse the Rose Granite Coast.

Rose Granite Coast

Scrambling over rocks is always popular in our household.  We took several breaks for exploration of the rocks away from the path.  Some of the rocks have been given names such as ‘Napoleons Hat’, we had fun trying to work out which they were but didn’t have much luck!

Rose Granite Coast, Brittany, France

Stunning blue agapanthus were in bloom all over Northern Brittany when we visited.  I bought some bulbs back but they don’t seem to like Surrey chalk.  These ones are overlooking the beach at Ploumanac’h at the end of the walk.

Rose Granite Coast

Sand, rockpools, safe swimming and ice-cream are the ingredients of the perfect Cultural Wednesday family beach.  Ploumanac’h has all these.  In addition in the summer it is possible to hire paddle boards to explore the bay.  It is the perfect place to picnic whilst you either gather the energy to walk back to the car or summon a taxi to take you there.

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MUSEE D’ORSAY PHOTO TOUR

We went to the Musee d’Orsay to look at paintings.  We saw lots of artwork but we also found that the building itself is a work of art in its own right.  I confess that I came away with more photos of the building than the contents. Hence a Musee d’Orsay photo tour.

The building started life as a train station, hence this magnificent glass ceiling.  It was built at the very end of the nineteenth century to bring visitors to the World Fair on the banks of the Seine right at the very heart of Paris.

Musee d'Orsay photo tour

Passengers arriving for the Fair would have been greeted by this clock.  I like to think of them deciding whether they had time for a cake before crossing the river.

Musee d'Orsay photo tour

These ceramic tiles are here to disguise the iron beams that made the whole glazed roof possible.  The building was at the cutting edge of technology but the architects chose to make it merge in with its neighbours.

Passengers were treated to all modcons such as lifts and the trains themselves were powered by electricity.  Sadly, by the 1930’s, the platforms were too short for modern trains and the station was closed.  It remained empty and unloved.  In the 1970’s it was decided to transform it into an art gallery and after transformation, its doors finally re-opened in 1987.

Tucked away behind some steps we found this optical illusion of steps going up and down.  The perfect place for a boy to take a rest!

Musee d'Orsay photo tour

Passengers would have probably not seen this view of Paris.  The clock is right at the top of the building and designed to be seen form outside.

We did look at paintings as well but I have enjoyed putting together this Musee D’Orsay photo tour and remembering the stunning building.

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