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15 August 2016
BRITTANY : Cap Fréhel and Fort-la-Latte

Last week I went to Saint-Malo for a wedding. I had never been to Brittany so I took the opportunity to spend 2 days there and discover some of its many facets. These landscapes have impressed me and I can not help sharing them with you.

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After the hearty breakfast overlooking the sea from my B&B, I headed for Cape Frehel. Coming to Brittany, I was hoping to face vertiginous cliffs and so I chose this particular one described as “one of the most impressive”.
These cliffs dominate the 70m sea. The rock is broken up, as if they had been built stone by stone. It is an ornithological reserve and one can thus observe the birds’ go-and-seeings. And of course the sea stretches out under your feet in its bright blue. It will change color along the day (just like the weather hum hum).

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From the cape, you can reach the castle of Fort-la-Latte in 1h15 following part of the GR34 (old customs hike that goes around the cape). I admit I have taken more time, not that the hike is difficult but rather I was too busy taking pictures of the panorama and the wild flowers that line the path.

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In the distance you will see the fort which stands on the cliff, surrounded by the sea. You can visit this castle built in the Middle Ages, after crossing the two crevices that separate it from the mainland thanks to the drawbridges.

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The guided tour is included in the entrance fee (5.50 €) and will teach you that the castle has had different names and owners over the centuries and has served as a backdrop for many films (and also the clip from “The Dana Tribe” of Manau if you are familar with this 90’s french song :)).
You can climb to the top of the guard tower if you are not dizzy and admire the colors of the emerald coast from the walkway.

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I am not very “guided tour” or castle, but those ones enchanted me.

The castle has been beautifully restored (an exhibition inside the tower shows you the extent of the work). There are plants and flowers here and there that highlight the stones and make the place more alive. The current owners live there for most of the year.

 

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I leave you on images taken from the watchtower and tell you very soon for the rest of this Breton postcard.

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