EINFACH NUR STEINE/SEMPLICEMENTE SASSI
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Excuse me, please, for my long introduction!
Of course, this is about Brittany and mostly about its approx. 300 million years old red granit rose stones, containing ferric oxide and alkali feldspar to give the colour, in another period of the year!
The scenery along the northern coast of Brittany is breathtakingly beautiful and also a bit mysterious and I especially enjoyed the stretch on the „Côte de Granite Rose“ These bizarre formations of granite, which line the shore,have been carved by wind, ice or tides and are just spectacular and in perfect harmony with the dunes.
Also the vegetation with pines, cypresses or even palm trees is amazing . Beyond this, we also enjoyed the beautiful houses with their lavish gardens.
We understood that Bretons absolutely don’t consider themselves as French. This is, of course, not a surprise because the Celts arrived here in the 6th century BC and Celtic tribes were here when the Romans arrived and were still here when they left and the barbarian invasions started. In the 5th century AD more Celts, belonging to the tribes in Britain, arrived as they were chased there by the invading Angles and Saxons .
Linguistically and ethnically the Bretons have , therefore, more in common with the Irish and Welsh than with the French.
In Brittany one naturally also gets into contact with the most famous Arthurian legend, the Holy Grail- (cup, dish or STONE) and the site of Merlin’s mysterious forest of Brocéliande, which is near Paimpoint, (not on the coast) where the magician fell in love with the fairy Viviane or the lady of the lake. She learnt Merlin’s trick and imprisoned him in a tree, where he still seems to live today.
There are also several suppositions of King Arthur’s origin. I’ve read that the name could derive from the Irish word art which means STONE.
Should you want to know more about this legend I recommend you to read Chrétien de Troye’s romances of the mid-12th century.
I would also like to hint at the dolmen, also known as a portal tomb or portal grave. It’s a type of single chamber megalithic tomb, usually consisting of three or more upright STONES, supporting a large flat horizontal stone or table. The ones we have seen here, were, however, quite simple and certainly not to compare with Stonehenge in England. The original purpose of these tombs is still not clear, but it is supposed that they were built to worship ancient earth deities or that they were burial places for high ranking citizens.
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I would also like to recommend you a trip on a boat from where you can enjoy the spectacular cliffs along the Emerald Coast.