Friday, June 5, 2015

Climbing a Dune (in France!)

We spent the day in Gironde, exploring Cap Ferret (which also produces lots of oysters) and then taking a ferry (in France referred to as a BAC) to Arcachon, a lovely little beachside town, with a very strange sand dune called the Dune de Pilat.

Oyster beds at Cap Ferret


The dune is really big, it has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 500 meters wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south, and it is over 100 meters high. It has existed for hundreds of years and more than million people a year visit it!

Serge (the big guy in orange) climbing the dune

We then took a detour (by car, alas) to Sainte Emilion, near Bordeaux. It is a spectacular medieval town dating back to the 8th century, surrounded by some of the finest vineyards in the world. Tomorrow we will tour it and the surrounding area on our bikes, and sample a grand cru or two or three.

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