CHILD OF WIND AND TIDES
This is a land that reaches out to the sea, its foam-whitened shoreline sculpted by the waves, its landscapes forged by the tides. The people of Brittany live from the land, the water and the estran, the wide stretch of sand and rock exposed at low tide. Between ocean and shore, the boundaries become blurred. The water flows inland through coastal marshes to the prés salés - the pastures whose salt-tinged grass gives the local lamb its distinctive flavor. To the north, Roscoff, Morlaix and Saint-Malo evoke the maritime adventures of the corsairs in the raucous cries of seagulls and the clacking of halyards.
To reach southern Brittany, the route leads away from the buoys and beacons, through a countryside redolent with the odor of salt spray and tilled soil. Here and there, the locals still follow the old practice of using seaweed to fertilize their vegetable gardens. Under a majestic vault of oaks and chestnut trees, the roads and lanes are marked out by sculpted crucifixes or simple stone crosses. They lead to another coastal landscape, bathed in a contrasting palette of light, a succession of cliffs, sandy bays, sheltered ports and seaside resorts. In the summer, the sailing schools of Quiberon and La Baule take their dinghies and catamarans out on bays protected from the high westerly waves.