Posts Tagged ‘elsewhere in France’

Tides of the century at Mont-Saint-Michel

March 19th, 2015

‘High tides of the century’ (even though this actually happens every 18 years!) are expected in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel this weekend (March 20th-March 23rd).  If you’re in France now there’s still time for you to witness this event – the tides will be much higher than usual and will rise faster than normal (rated at 119/120 for those of you who understand these things!).  You won’t be able to hike the mud flats during this event (which should never be done without a guide as


A train station?

August 14th, 2014

Really?  This bench is, well, a train stop (l’Isthme) if not a station. It’s my favorite stop that the Tire-Bouchon, a summer only train (July & August, daily; weekends in June & September), that links Auray to Quiberon in Brittany.  When I took it 15 or so years ago the seats were barely padded wooden benches.  But last week I found that it’s been modernized – but still fun.  And it allows you to visit the Quiberon peninsula without having to rent a car.  Auray is


Love Celtic Music? Festival Interceltique, Lorient, Brittany

August 8th, 2014

There’s still time!  The Festival Interceltique held in Lorient, a city in southern Brittany, runs through this Sunday.  There are venues all over town in this small city, all within walking distance of each other.  And there’s music almost all the time (but especially in the evening) at the bars and restaurants that line the major streets.  This year the music of Ireland is featured but there are Celtic groups from many countries (Scotland, Australia, northern Spain, New Brunswick, Isle of Man, etc.).  I was


Spring Cleanup – The Calanques

June 3rd, 2012

I just happened to be visiting friends who live between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille the weekend of the annual spring cleanup of the local calanques (narrow, deep inlets on the Mediterranean coast, the Provençal version of Nowegan fjords).  The best known (and largest) are to the east of Marseille but west of Marseille you find smaller hidden calanques that feel much cozier.  Saturday was Operation Calanques Propres for several neighboring calanques.  We went to one with a small harbor and two small gravel beaches.  Volunteers were