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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Journey to the western end of France : the urban and the wild

Some pics from last summer. I took some days with friends to visit the western tip of Brittany, the Finistère département (Finistère litterally means "where the earth ends").
The urban pics are all from Brest, the main city of Finistère (140,000 inh., 300,000 in the metro area). The others pics are from coastal and rural areas around Brest, including some pics of the Ouessant island, the westernmost point of metropolitan France.

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17- Brest is not the most picturesque city of Brittany because it was nearly entirely destroyed during the WW2. It was then rebuilt during the 1950's and the 1960's.


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53- OK. I love cranes.


54- Brest is an important military port :


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69- The Brennilis lake. It's a artificial lake created in the 1970's for a nuclear power plant which was never completed (due to the strong local opposition). Rumours say that the site is abnormally radiocative. The water of the lake was weirdly redish. The place feels very lonely and somewhat creepy.


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73- On these hills, lived Christian hermits during the early Middle Ages. It was at this period that the original people of Britain left the island in front of the Saxon invasion to settle there, in Brittany.


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Old October 23rd, 2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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Brest waited a lot before having its tram system.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 01:16 AM   #3
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You really captured the great athmosphere of the place. Very nice!
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Old October 25th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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Thansk for the photos GM, I have never been to Brest, cool to see how it looks like.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments, guys.

Some breton music to go with the pics :
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