Day 8 |
May 14, 2012

Quiberon, France 

By Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Biologist

Co-ordinates: 47°29´N, 03°05´W
Weather: overcast
Air Temperature: 14°C

It was again a beautiful sunny day in France. The Silver Explorer arrived early in front of the entrance of port Haliguen, the harbor of Quiberon. Soon after the anchor was dropped we started our Zodiac operations.

It was the first time for our guests on this voyage to be shuttled in a Zodiac to the landing site. My duty for the morning was Zodiac driving. A very easy job this morning as the sea was flat and clam and practically no wind was blowing.

In the morning guests had time to explore Quiberon on their own. Quiberon is a nice little fishing village with beautiful small houses and streets, not much for a shopping tour but ideal for a stroll to enjoy the lovely spring day and a lot of our guests took this opportunity.

Shortly after lunch, the afternoon excursion to the megalith site of Carnac started. After a short drive from the village of Quiberon we reached the first megalithic stone row. The Menec Alignments as they are called. Slowly the bus drove past by to get to our first stop at the Information Center just in front of the Alignments of Kermario. Actually it is the most impressive site. 1029 menhirs are aligned in 10 rows. It was a little bit of a pity that we could not get into the site itself, but due to conservationist season from March till September visitors are not allowed to walk between the stones. Still from outside (distance around 5 m to the nearest stone) the site was very impressive and just to imagine how old these alignments are and the myth behind them makes it even more impressive.
In the Visitor center, additional information is provided and a good bookstore offers selective literature regarding the site and the culture surrounding the megaliths in general.

A second stop was made at the Alignments of Kerlescan to visit the dolmen there. Dolmen are grave sites made out of the same granite material as the menhirs of the stone rows.

After this very interesting historical part we made our way to the village of
La Trinite sur Mer. Like Quiberon, a small and picturesque fishing village with a beautiful marina and a nice sandy beach. At Saint Philibert our guests had the opportunity to learn more about oysters and wine. The process of oyster farming and breeding was explained to the guests, followed by an excellent oyster and wine tasting.

Again a short bus ride brought our guests back to the ship, happy about a sunny beautiful day in a part of the world where history goes back 5,000 years in time and where one can find the most delicious oysters in Europe.