After researching SO much I decided to go for a walk and think about my vacation. I went to the ocean and sat on my favorite bench.
I saw SO many new things. I learned so much. I almost think I am becoming worldly. I giggled.
I was too excited to stay long at the ocean so I quickly walked home.
Where to Next?
Le Pouliguen. I remember IB telling me they had children’s rides and lots of restaurants near the ocean. Let’s see what I can find out about its history.
The present territory of Pouliguen was originally attached to the parish and town of Batz-sur-Mer. An independent parish was established in Pouliguen in 1820.
Le Pouliguen is a seaside resort on the Côte d’Amour famous for its fishing port and marina. Le Pouliguen owes its development to the transportation of salt produced in the salt marshes of Guérande. The salt is exported to Spain, England, and Scandinavia. It is the main activity of the port. IB told me to visit Guérande and its medieval festival. Maybe next week we can visit there.
Le Pouliguen prosperity started in the Middle Ages due to its salt trade. They built quays which allowed ships that needed bigger draughts to enter their port. They were wise.
Due to the high taxes on Breton salt, the competition of the Mediterranean salt and the European conflicts, the international trade started to decline at the beginning of the 18th century.
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In the 19th century the wise people of Le Pouliguen found seaside tourism. They discovered that sea bathing had healing properties. Le Pouliguen became a family seaside resort, helped by the arrival of the train in 1879.
The town lies between the Bay of Biscay and its salt marshes and is a very Breton town of whitewashed granite houses. The town was founded in 945. It was part of the Duchy of Brittany. It was part of Brittany until 1957. Breton was spoken until the early 20th century.
They have fully restored their coastal walking route (Sentier des Douaniers). This is the route that was used by the Customs officials. In French, they are called douaniers. You can walk from Le Pouliguen to Le Croisic along the waters edge. It would be a very long walk if you went the whole way. You can visit the museum of The Big Blockhouse. It is a renovated bunker that was used during World War II to defend the Port of St. Nazaire.
I prefer Le Pouliguen and the children’s rides!