Europe 2011

Ploumanac'h: 7-8 June

  On the short trip from Le Conquet to Ploumanac'h, we detoured to see some of the Parish Closes of Brittany. This is the calvary at Lampaul-Giumiliau. †
  A waterspout gargoyle on the church. †
  The rood screen at at Lampaul-Giumiliau. †
  The altar retable. *
  Wall carving of the Deposition of Christ at Lampaul-Giumiliau. †
  A moving tableau of the Burial of Christ. †
  The elaborately carved base of the calvary at Guimiliau. Preachers would get up onto it to point out the relevant episode from Christ's life. †
  Christ carrying his cross and looking remarkably unworried. †
  The Flight into Egypt, with appropriate headwear. †
  The parish close at St Thégonnec, with the calvary just visible through the gate. *
  On the calvary, Christ being tormented. *
  St Joseph shown as a young man for once, as he would have been when Christ was a child. *
  The impressive organ at St Thégonnec. *
  Carved detail of a snail on the St Thégonnec baptistry column. *
  Another burial of Christ, in the crypt at St Thégonnec. *
  From Christianity in the 16-17th centuries, we moved to the prehistoric Grand Cairn of Barnenez, built in two stages between 4500 and 3900 BC. *
  Nick gives an idea of the scale of the cairn. *
  It blends in with the landscape in this lonely part of Brittany. †
  At Ploumanac'h, we again stayed in a waterfront hotel, facing a harbour with a large tidal range. It is the same boat, in the same position, in these three photos. *
  There is lovely coastal scenery. †
  There is a reason why the area is known as the Pink Granite Coast. *
  House, lighthouse, and lifeboat ramp. *
  Pink granite château on its pink granite island. *
  We drove to visit Beauport Abbey. †
  A huge fireplace at Beauport Abbey. *
  The harbour at Paimpol. *
  Oyster boat, Paimpol. †

Then we went eastwards into Normandy, to Honfleur.



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