Town in brittany predating stonehenge

01-Feb-2017 22:46

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Apart from the Côte d’Azur, this is France’s most popular resort area, for both French and foreign tourists.

Its attractions are obvious: warm white-sand beaches, towering cliffs, rock formations and offshore islands and islets, and everywhere the stone dolmens and menhirs of a prehistoric past.

Much of the pleasure in visiting Brittany comes from driving through the countryside exploring picturesque villages and being surprised by unusual architecture in a variety of styles.

Most interesting would be to arrive on the “saint’s day” of a village’s church and to witness what is known as a Pardon, a colorful penitential procession.

Archeologically, Brittany is among the richest regions in the world – the alignments at Carnac rival Stonehenge.

It first appeared in history as the quasi-mythical “Little Britain” of Arthurian legend, and in the days when travel by sea was safer and easier than by land, it was intimately connected with “Great Britain” across the water.

Few, however, actively support Breton nationalism much beyond displaying Breizh (Breton for “Brittany”) stickers on their cars.

Telecommunication and electronics industries now employ increasing numbers, and tourism remains a major contributor to Brittany’s economy.

Occupying the peninsula that effectively separates the English Channel to the north from the Bay of Biscay to the south, Brittany has an area of 13,136 sq. Meanwhile, there are some 800 small islands lying off its coast.

It is a relatively hilly region and its highest point is 1,263 feet (385 meters) above sea level and known by its Breton name Roc’h Ruz.

Long before Brittany became subsumed into France, the inhabitants of this rugged Atlantic region were risking their lives fishing and trading on the violent seas, and struggling with the arid soil of the interior.

Today this toughness and resilience continues to define the region, which is deeply infused with Celtic culture: mystical, musical, sometimes morbid and defeatist, sometimes vital and inspired.

The Loire estuary forms its southern border while its border with Normandy to the north is the Couesnon River.