And Carnac is sublime in beach weather!

Again, before going to last post early this morning was in Carnac. Lovely area about 30 kms from my house, and believe it or not last wrote on it was on August 6 2013 in my blog lol!

The tourist office is here in English; http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/

So went backward with previous post on LTsM, oh well. Carnac is sublime, a beautiful big beach=grande plage and plenty of bars/restos and shops all close in in a couple blocks, its like having a big street party with a beach lol!

It is only about 30 kms from my house (19 miles) , and we come here often on weekends when at home. Go early and you have all the parkings you need, go by noon and scramble to find one. So we leave home about 9h (9am) and always parking right by the entrance of the grande plage.  More on it in French on a beach site here, http://www.plages.tv/detail/grande-plage-carnac-56340

There are other beaches there all over the coast as this map on the site can tell you, http://www.plages.tv/station-balneaire/carnac-56340

And of course, the tourist office of Carnac has plenty too in English, http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/discover-carnac/natural-environment/beaches-and-villas

We had some drinks here while looking at the grande plage and the boys went into the water yikes! a bit cold for me even if the temp outside was 24C the water was like 16C! Out nice hangout is Memes Tra just at the corner of Miln and blvd de la plage upon the main entrance to the grande plage, see it all with style while having a really good Breton beer, Duchesse Anne at 7,5°!  not a webpage of its own but showcase in the tourist office site here, http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/detail/72ba6b4efef7e28593cbd026abd57ec7/549864

We did our normal walks in town and by residential areas with the great beach mansions, did a bit of the tourist office visit (always recommended visiting or living here), did some shopping visiting our favorites la Trinitaine store next to the tourist office , here http://www.latrinitaine.com/magasins/carnac/

And we went by the other spot that is a must to visit here bypassing an army of motocycle riders here for a weekend ride event along the route des kerlescan or D196. This is the route of the dolmens, menhirs, megaliths and alignements in French. These are stones from thousands of years that were move here in line on differents fields of which the main ones are along this road, Menec, Kermario and Kerlescan. It is thousands of stones all line up with meaning still to be found really. It is UNESCO heritage site indeed worth it.

At first , I saw them and wonder why would anybody would come here to see old stones, but then once here, realize it has a greater meaning to the local Bretons. Our homes like mine is full of them and gardens decorated with stones and house front with stones, it has a deep heritage meaning here. There is a house museum by the Menec site call the  Maison des Mégalithes; open every day , May and June from 9h to 18h, July and August from  9h30 to 19h30, and September to April from  10h-17h, holidays like Jan 1, May 1 and Dec 25 is closed. admission now is 6€ adults. To get here you do the N165 expressway then get off at exit 34 D768 direction Carnac, at the traffic circle Purgatoire take the road D119 direction Carnac until reaching the road D196 right to the house. The D196 camping cars are not allowed going westward.

Impressive to see and  undertand. Hopefully ,you will be able to print this pdf file it shows a map of all the sites along the road D196; print it and take with you. http://www.ot-carnac.fr/files/ot-carnac/files/fichiers/media_fichier_fr_plan.alignements.de_.carnac.pdf

You have the stones or menhirs, and the funeral enclosing from Dolmens,couloir ,and cistes. At Kermario you have 1 100 meters long of stone alignments with over  980 stones.  Kerlescan is the smallest but the best preserve; with 350 meters long of alignments and 140 meters wide, the great stone known as the giant of manio or  “le géant du Manio” it is about 300 meters west of the center of the ensemble.  The Champ de Menec the most westerly and in front of the maison des mégalithes is 1050 stones along  950 meters long. Here you find the tallest with more than 3 meters high call the giant du menec or  “géant du Menec”.

These are several sites that will help you undertand this wonderful showcase some in French and some in English.

http://carnac.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

more specialize reading in French at the Ministry of Culture. http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/megalithes/index.html
at the institute for research in France
http://www.inrap.fr/archeologie-preventive/Actualites/Communiques-de-presse/Archives/2006/p-58-Les-menhirs-de-Belz-decouverte-et-fouille-extensiv.htm
panorama des arts ,history of the arts site in France
http://www.panoramadelart.com/alignements-de-carnac

The department of Morbihan tourist office in English
http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/carnac/les-alignements-de-carnac/tabid/8474/offreid/4000c136-c40d-43f3-a0b9-50216484c50b

special section on them by the Morbihan in English
http://www.megalithes-morbihan.com/sites/carnac-alignments.html

and the Region of Brittany tourist site in English
http://www.brittanytourism.com/things-to-do/all-activities/maison-des-megalithes-alignements-de-carnac

All showing the wonders of these stones, walking amongst them is a sight on special occasions, if not comptemplating them is awesome. Enjoy the history and wonders of Carnac.

Have a great Sunday everyone! Cheers!!

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2 Comments to “And Carnac is sublime in beach weather!”

  1. We loved Carnac. We stayed at the motorhome aire at Quiberon in October 13 and it is an area we’d love to come back to, if a bit touristic. So much history in these parts! That beach looks really great:definitely worth a visit. 🙂

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