During our last trip to Ty Hir, which consisted mainly of preparing the houses for the upcoming season, in particular poor Andy on his hands and knees installing a boundary fence, we did manage to take a few hours off to go exploring. We headed to the Pink Granite Coast in the neighbouring department of Côtes-d'Armor. La Cote de Granit Rose (doesn't if sound so much more romantic in French!), which is about an hour and a half from Ty Hir, is a 30km stretch of rock strewn beaches on the northern coast of Brittany. I say rocks but think huge boulders, shaped into all manner of strange things by the sea and wind. Some say you can find rocks shaped as rabbits, pigs and even Napoleon's tricorn hat!
Our purpose in visiting the coast was to find the ticket office for a boat trip to the Archipel Sept-Isles. The Sept Isles Archipelago is a nature reserve which is home to 27 different species of birds, in particular the puffin, which is what we wish to see during a next trip to Brittany in June (yes, we are birders, that's birders not twitchers!). We found the office for Les Vedettes de Perros Guirec, which run the boat trips, at the end of the Plage de Trestraou, a lovely wide white sandy beach. We then consulted our guide book to find out what there was to see in the area. It recommended Ploumanac'h which is apparently one of the most visited places in Brittany - and it seems that this is indeed the case. Our visit was during the middle of March and we had to drive around the village three times before we managed to park! But it was definitely worth the effort, the view that unfolded before us as we walked towards the harbour was truly breath taking. It's easier to show you a picture rather than try to describe it. Anyway, unfortunately it was an all too brief visit, but we plan to return in June (not at the weekend!) and do the three hour walk along the coast which starts at Ploumanac'h. It is something that I am really looking forward to.
So enough of my renewed ramblings for now. I'll be back on topic soon to continue the story of our French adventure! À bientôt!