It’s so nice to be accepted into another family, and to be able to live the way they do for a bit. You get a taste of someone else’s life and habits. That’s when a trip is more than just a visit to a different place, and becomes an experience.
And on our last day in Rochefort-en-Terre, there were still things to do and dishes to eat.
Before leaving, we headed out to La Côte Sauvage (the “Savage Coast”), known for the huge waves that pound the stones on shore. This was by far the most challenging shooting condition I’ve ever been in. The winds whipped any shallow water into a froth, which meant it was not only impossible to hold the camera steady, but I was frequently pelted by large waves of foam. A storm had just moved in, and covered the area in dark clouds, covering a lot of important light. The fine spray from the huge crashes was relentless, and ended up covering all my equipment and clothes. I couldn’t change lenses, out of fear that I’d get my sensor dirty; it was hard enough cleaning the water off the glass of my lens.
It was all worth it though. You truly feel like you’re in the middle of untamed nature here, certainly something that isn’t always possible to experience even if you live far out in the country.
The town of Rochefort-en-Terre
The sun was bright and the air was clear for a few hours, and this was the only opportunity in three days we had to go out to see the town without a torrential downpour ready to soak us in two minutes. The sleepy little village is actually quite an active tourist spot during the peak periods, famous for it’s crêpes (in this town of six restaurants, apparently five of them a crêtperies). That’s when the roads are so crowded that they block all traffic, but on the off-season it’s very quiet and peaceful.
Europe 2010 travel diaries
- France: Arrival
- France: Day 3, Chartres
- The Partisan
- France: Day 5, Chartres
- Baby Scary Party
- France: Day 6, Paris
- Call me McNgangus
- France: Day 7, Rochefort-en-Terre
- France: Day 8, La Roche-Bernard
- France: Day 9, Rochefort-en-Terre
- UK Detour: Day 10, Chartres to London
- UK Detour: Day 11, London
- A passenger in London
- UK Detour: Day 12, London
- UK Detour: Day 13, London to Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 14, Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 15, Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 16, Ullapool
- France: Day 18, Paris
- France: Day 19, Chartres + Paris