I go the standing stones at Carnac in the morning. There are so many stones, about 2000, in lines, rather than in circles as in England. It is possible to walk amongst some of them, even though my guidebook suggests otherwise. I go to all three sites, there are quite a few people around. My guide book explains the many theory’s of the origins of the stones, but also says the most accepted theory now is that no one knows what they stones are for. They do not correspond with anything in nature or in the sky, like Stonehenge. They run in parallel to the near by sea, but that is all. I like this. sometimes I think we work too hard to remove the mystery of things.
The weather is gloomy again. Since leaving Paris I have awoken every morning to good weather, but by the evening the rain has arrived. The same has happened again today. I realise that I don’t want to be in the gloomy weather of Brittany, I want the sun and surf of the south. I check the guide book and decide on Les Sables-d’Olonne, which is near La Rochelle. As I head out of the car park heavy rain starts to fall. The rain comes and goes a dozen times until I reach the coast at Les Sables-d’Olonne, where there is lovely sunshine.
I really like Les Sables-d’Olonne. It is bright and sunny, the beach and promenade are lovely. The weather is hot, and there are lots of people everywhere, even surfers in the sea. I get my bearings and take a walk on the promenade. The surf is not so good on close inspection, and it is busy. I decide to wait until tomorrow before getting in. I find the recommended camp site, which is nice, very shady. I take another walk in town, and catch up on some jobs.
Tomorrow I will have a surf in the morning if the waves are good, and then maybe drive further north to another beach.