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Le Verdon

In France,Médoc on July 30, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

A cloudy day today, a good day for a short ride. Ended up at the little estuarine beach called La Chambrette, between the ferry dock at Le Verdon and the former commercial port.

Plage de la Chambrette

Plage de la Chambrette (1)

Plage de la Chambrette

Plage de la Chambrette (2)

In the background are the remains of the ‘mole’, blown up in 1944. It has been opened in 1933 as a mooring for transatlantic liners too big to go down to Bordeaux. Passengers were brought up by train from the city. It had a working life of only a few years. It was partially rebuilt  as a dock for petrol tankers but has been out of use and derelict for many years.

Here is a picture taken in 1933.

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My pictures taken Sunday 30th July. There are plenty more on line, search ‘Mole D’Escale Le Verdon’ and see them.

Mole Le Verdon

Mole Le Verdon

Mole Le Verdon new section

Mole Le Verdon new section

Nearby are the remains of a fuel depot used by U-boats in World War Two. I am trying to discover the original purpose of the tall tower. It now serves as a location for communications aerials (cellphones) but may have begun life as an anti-aircraft gun platform. These structures are fenced off and the tower is within the secure zone of the port.

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Nearby, the village of Le Verdon was once a centre for oyster production. The oyster beds where in the estuary, boats brought them into the ‘canals’ where they were unloaded. This picture from those days.

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Nowadays that’s all gone and now looks like this.

Le Verdon 'canals' and church.

Le Verdon ‘canals’ and church.

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Plenty of large fish in the canals but only visible by the wakes they make in the muddy waters. I did spot some crabs scuttling in and out of holes in the banks.

Crabs Le Verdon

Crabs Le Verdon

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Visit to Pointe de Grave lighthouse 25-07-17

In France,Médoc on July 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Visit to Pointe de Grave lighthouse 25-07-17 – updated 31st July.

Another dull day Tuesday, so I cycled the few km to the lighthouse museum at Le Verdon. It’s 28 metres (nearly 100 feet) tall so there are good views even on a bad day. It’s quite a climb up a spiral staircase almost to the top, then by two metal ladders. The building dates from 1860 and is still operational, although automatic now.

The ground floor has a small collection of old equipment, models of other lighthouses and ships plus charts, ancient documents and quite a bit of interest. Information is available in English and German although it does help to be able to understand some French.

Sample view

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Port Bloc and the old mole at Le Verdon

I found this picture dated 1939 also taken from the lighthouse, compare with the present day views.

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Other pictures from the top of the lighthouse and also of the dilapidated railway station nearby via the link below.  A very grey day it was!

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Also, this is the location of various monuments to the US forces who came to this area in 1917, to Operation Frankton and to various others of historic fame.

 

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A WINDY DAY

This morning I took a two and half hour walk along the beach northwards from Soulac to Le Verdon. From recall the sand dunes have receded here as well. Certainly there was a lot more water left behind in the ‘Cantines’ (artificial lagoons behind sea defences) and some long buried railway track has been uncovered.

After lunch the chance of a boat trip presented itself. Two and a half hours were spent around the Gironde estuary, going to the lighthouse, sandbanks, along the coast past Royan and the fascinating cave houses at Meschers-sur-Gironde.

I took far too many pictures which will take a day or two to edit. In the meantime, if you can read French, try this page http://www.bernezac.com/Meschers_Grottes_Regulus.htm about the ‘residences troglodytes’.

There is a short article in French at http://www.asso-cordouan.fr/img/expositions/notice.pdf concerning the original construction of the sea defences in the mid 19th century and this Youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCX9GQXv5ew) of the sea crashing against the defences in 2011.

Winter storms have hurled some of the huge rocks over the sea wall and also have started breaking up some of the concrete laid down in the late 1960’s. Nothing much has been done since and it seems the forces of nature will soon have their way here as well.

A windy day

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