I have arrived for my annual visit to the seaside resort of Soulac sur Mer. It is humid and partly cloudy, 27C. The tide was out yesterday afternoon so I was able to get some good views of the vast beach.
The views are rather spoiled by this derelict apartment block. It is still awaiting demolition some two years after the residents were forcibly evacuated when coastal erosion was seemed to have rendered the building too dangerous.
To the right of the umbrella can be seen one of the shallow lagoons that forms at low tide. At present this is only a foot (25cm) deep but when the tide comes in, and it does so very quickly, this will soon be four feet (100cm) deep and with fast flowing water. In effect, the tide is coming in behind you. The beach guards keep a close watch for people, especially children, who may be marooned on one of the sandbanks.
This picture, taken a few minutes later, shows how large they become.