Thursday, 4 August 2011

Phare des Balèines, l'Île de Ré

One of the highlights of our trip to the coast last week was a visit to the Phare des Balèines at the northern tip of l'Île de Ré.

The lighthouse was built in 1849 is 57 metres high and access to the top is by a spiral staircase of 257 steps..... and there was a long queue!

We decided to forgo the climb and instead take a walk on the wild side... round the Écluses de l'Île de Ré, a fishing area surrounded by stone walls, dating back to the Middle Ages.

The walls were built without any concrete and yet have survived the ravages of tide and time. We experienced a little of these 'ravages' as we walked the kilometre or so round the wall with the tide advancing...


Even the beach had it's idiosyncracies...

In one area children had used smaller pebbles to spell out their names on the shore. I wonder how many of these cairns survive the winter storms??
It was certainly a fascinating place and one to recommend.

1 comment:

Craig said...

Spectacular photos! The blue of the sea and sky go on forever.