Hiking Crozon: Pointe de Pen Hir

Every day in Brittany can’t be sunny, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go for a hike! We headed out toward the southern tip of the “trident” at the end of the Crozon peninsula and something unexpected appeared…

Where are all these boats going? Why do they all have black sails?

But what caught our attention first:

The naval architect may be retired, but ship artifacts will still be a strong draw to a memorial to the 638 French merchant ships lost in WWII. (M is, of course, interested in all WWII historical sites.) One of the anchors was from a Liberty Ship. J toured one of the last Liberty ships back in San Francisco in 1982…

There are German bunkers, and Allied bomb craters, all along the coast.

Out at the point is a memorial as well:

Aux Bretons France Libre
(To the Bretons Free France)
La France a perdu une bataille mais la France n’a pas perdu la guerre…
(France lost a battle but did not lose the war…)
How long does it take to turn rock vertical?

3 thoughts on “Hiking Crozon: Pointe de Pen Hir

  1. So interesting! Did you happen to run into two American’s walking the coast? Been following the 15-day trek of Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of Eat, Pray, Love) through Brittany. Between her posts and your blog wondering why I am not visiting you in Brittany as well!


  2. Not sure about the specific type of sailboats, or the regatta, but most high-end race boats use a carbon-fiber-based sailcloth these days. Hence, black sails!

    Those cliffs! Amazing!!!


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