In July I made a short trip to Ty Hir on my own to catch up on some gardening. It turned to be so hot that I had to restrict my weeding to the early hours and late afternoon. A good problem to have! The great thing was that it gave me an excuse to go for a refreshing splash around in the crystal clear river Ellez which lies at 5 minute walk away at the end of our lane.
The best news was that all the shrubs that we planted in March were still alive and the grass was actually starting to look a lawn!
When we returned to Brittany in September we finally managed to hunt down the remains of the Roman aqueduct. This carried water to our local town of Carhaix-Plouguer. Carhaix was known to the Romans as Vorgium.
There is a well signposted trail tracing the path of the aqueduct, near Le Moustoir, which includes some information in English. This peaceful wooded path allows you to see some of the exposed remains of the canal.
Further west towards Carhaix there is a 900m stretch of tunnel which still carries water. There is a wooden table with seating which makes a lovely place for a picnic at the site.
If you want to know more about Romans in Brittany there is an article on the Central Brittany Journal website that is very interesting.
On a moody day we took them to the top of Montagne Saint-Michel in the nearby Monts d'Arrée. On a clear day we have heard that you can see the ferry when it is in the port of Roscoff - over 50kms away!
We visited the small isolated chapel that sits on the top of the hill, overlooking the heather clad moors and the reservoir of St Michel which lies at the foot of the mont.
It is actually a megalithic covered alley grave and is quite unusual in that it is still partially covered by earth. Most of the alley tombs that we have seen have been completely exposed.
This one was nearly high enough to stand up in and is actually on the edge of town. Unlike some megaliths it was very easy to find. Normally we find ourselves tramping through woods and fields with a vague idea of where the monument should be before eventually stumbling upon it!
As you can see from the photo it is huge, dwarfing Andy. It is 20 metres long by almost 5 metres wide and 2 metres high. It was a lovely summer's day and we had the monument nearly all to ourselves, there were about four other people there during our visit. You can get up close and personal, a bit of a contrast to Stonehenge. I'm always amazed at how little attention these megalithic sites in France receive but also grateful at the same time!