Friday, 28 October 2011
Bimbling Beyond the Boardwalk
If I'm honest I have to say that my first impression of Benodet wasn't that favourable. The season for these Breton seaside towns is very short lived and by the end of September many traders, hoteliers and campsite owners have shut up shop and will not reopen again until June. This leaves resorts like this one looking decidedly lacklustre. But after I'd ventured past the main boardwalk area of the seaside promenade on my ill fated bike ride the other day I started to warm to the place. Beyond the casino and the thalasso centre where apparently, white coat clad therapists do strange but entirely chaste things with sea water, the coastal scenery is stunning, This time we set off in the other direction from our hotel, with me on foot and Louis on his scooter for a morning stroll in the drizzle. I was very taken by this cormorant colony on their offshore rocky perches. Or could they be shags? In silhouette from a distance these birds are far more aesthetically pleasing than when viewed close They've got an oily appearance as if they'd gone for a swim in a deep fat fryer. It's not a good look.