Europe 2011

Ploumanac'h: 7-8 June

 

On the short trip from Le Conquet to Ploumanac'h, we detoured to see some of the Parish Closes of Brittany. This is the calvary at Lampaul-Giumiliau. †

 

A waterspout gargoyle on the church. †

 

The rood screen at at Lampaul-Giumiliau. †

 

The altar retable. *

 

Wall carving of the Deposition of Christ at Lampaul-Giumiliau. †

 

A moving tableau of the Burial of Christ. †

 

 

The elaborately carved base of the calvary at Guimiliau. Preachers would get up onto it to point out the relevant episode from Christ's life. †

 

Christ carrying his cross and looking remarkably unworried. †

 

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The Flight into Egypt, with appropriate headwear. †

 

The parish close at St Thégonnec, with the calvary just visible through the gate. *

 

On the calvary, Christ being tormented. *

 

St Joseph shown as a young man for once, as he would have been when Christ was a child. *

 

The impressive organ at St Thégonnec. *

 

Carved detail of a snail on the St Thégonnec baptistry column. *

 

Another burial of Christ, in the crypt at St Thégonnec. *

 

From Christianity in the 16-17th centuries, we moved to the prehistoric Grand Cairn of Barnenez, built in two stages between 4500 and 3900 BC. *

 

Nick gives an idea of the scale of the cairn. *

 

It blends in with the landscape in this lonely part of Brittany. †

 

At Ploumanac'h, we again stayed in a waterfront hotel, facing a harbour with a large tidal range. It is the same boat, in the same position, in these three photos. *

 

 

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There is lovely coastal scenery. †

 

 

 

There is a reason why the area is known as the Pink Granite Coast. *

 

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House, lighthouse, and lifeboat ramp. *

 

Pink granite château on its pink granite island. *

 

We drove to visit Beauport Abbey. †

 

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A huge fireplace at Beauport Abbey. *

 

The harbour at Paimpol. *

 

Oyster boat, Paimpol. †

Then we went eastwards into Normandy, to Honfleur.

 

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