SEA Currents: france
July 15, 2016
Our Last Day in France
For our morning program (class) time, we went and toured Plomarche, the site of an ancient farmstead and Roman ruin about a 15 minute walk from the ship. We learned about the importance of sardines to French history and culture, as well as discussed other major factors that play into that history, such as the fall of the Roman Empire. Professor Dan always brings such excitement to our lecture sessions and we can all tell he just absolutely loves history!
July 12, 2016
Today, we set foot on land after several rainy, rocky days at sea in the English Channel. Unfortunately, many of us discovered that not only were we afflicted by seasickness on the boat, but also landsickness once we stepped on land (which is more of a woozy vertigo sensation). But all of us were glad to get a chance to explore the quaint coastal town of Douarnenez relatively autonomously this afternoon.
July 18, 2015
Heave, Ho! And Away we Go!
Some numbers from Douarnenez:
1 haunted island (Isle de Tristan) that was once inhabited by…
1 old house once inhabited by a rich “Jay Gatsby” de Douarnenez and lavish parties
2+ number of Nazi bunkers
2 old sardine factories
(unknown number) of ghosts
4 operating sardine canneries out of 24 original factories
1 trip to the Mayor’s office for a wine and cheese reception in our honor
July 17, 2015
Looking for “Le Wifi”
My quest for “le wifi” was unsuccessful yesterday. So much for my Skype date. It was probably for the better (sorry honey). Honestly, I love being able to talk to my loved ones for free over the internet during port calls. However, while prepping for a class on the backstory of the Beaufort Scale, which is an ordered set of descriptions mariners have used to determine wind force based on observed conditions since Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle (I miss you, Wilbur and Freyja!), I ran across the following:
July 16, 2015
Places by the Sea
“Ports … places by the sea … they’re places of mixing, mixing and mingling.” –Prof. Dan Brayton
Last night we slept alongside the massive concrete dock on the Port de Rosmeur at the north end of this enchanting town. After rigging a gangway from lashed wooden 4x4s, the crew tested the somewhat rusty ladder that allows mariners to access land in tides that range more than ??? feet, and we began our investigations.
July 15, 2015
We arrived in Douarnenez at roughly 08:00 this morning with the crew in high spirits. I have to admit that I was taken aback by the natural beauty of the area, despite the sea fog hindering visibility along the coastline. The rolling, green farmland on the coast across the harbor granted us an unexpected juxtaposition against the unmistakably European architecture of the town with its church spires towering in the foggy distance. As pockets of crowd gathered around the dock to watch us roll in, the crew was quick to absorb that it was easy to feel like a minor celebrity on board the ship when docked in a foreign harbor.
July 13, 2014
C254 Blog 13 July 2014
Hi all, and happy Bastille Day!
Today could not have made for a better last full day in France. Starting off bright and early, we woke to a mountain of fresh croissants, pain au chocolate, and baguettes, courtesy of our most generous land contact, Brooks, before a day packed with adventures.
July 12, 2014
C254 Blog 12 July 2014
Doug here, reporting in on our third night in France. Douarnenez seems like a great city. All of the locals have been very welcoming and kind (even when I painfully struggle to place an order speaking in jumbled French at the crepe restaurant). I had never had crepes prior to this trip but I think I’ve eaten more than enough to make up for the lost time.