Dance of perfume and colorsIn Arcachon, France
Bassin d’Arcachon or in English Arcachon Bay, is a bay off of the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest seashore of France. It is a landmark between the Cote d’Argent and the Cote des Landes, in the region of Aquitaine. The bay covers an area of 150 km² at high tide and 40 km² at low tide. Some of its notable features are several natural preservation areas.
So, we went sailing on his traditional boat known as a Pinasse. Long and flat bottomed, Pinasse style boats sail slowly and enable you to savor the beauty of the region. We could literally smell the complex perfume of the bay – the birds, fish, oysters, and water creating a dance of aromas that enchanted my sense of smell.
We sailed around the Bay to get a view of the “cabane tchankés” which means in old French “house with legs”. They sit directly on the sand and are licked by waves. Built with a minimum of comforts and only fireplaces to keep the residents warm, Pascal showed us these unique architectural structures. Fortunately, our timing was good. It was low tide, and I let my camera enjoy the spot where each frame was a painting.
Enjoy these photos, and please visit this unique place if you have the opportunity. The people are friendly, and history is preserved. You’ll definitely get a better understanding of what France was like before the first war.
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