Monday, August 15, 2022

Stick in the mud

This is the picturesque port of Pont-Aven on the Aven river in Brittany. It's a small anchorage for pleasure boats (but was once a small commercial port) on the river which is more or less an estuary and not far from the Atlantic. The tides empty the river inland stranding boats twice a day. As you can see, some boats stand upright with their keels sunk into the river bottom.

Low tide in Pont-Aven, Brittany. Digitized color slide, January 1992.

Pont-Aven is famous for being a destination for artists. In the 19th century, Paul Gauguin and other post-impressionist painters spent time there. It's also known for tasty butter cookies, les galettes de Pont-Aven. We bought a box while there.

Our air is much cooler now, although more humid than it has been. And it's overcast with an occasional rain shower. A pleasant change from the heat. I wonder how long it will last and if it will get hot again?


  1. Beautiful! I wonder if being regularly stuck in the mud is hard on the keels.

  2. Oooh, I bet those cookies were good.

  3. boats standing on edge like that looks surreal almost comical

  4. Yes, I go right for the cookie info - I still have my empty box of La Mere Poulard Galettes au Buerre (butter cookies) I bought at Le Mont St. Michel! Any memories of the taste of the cookies from Pont-Aven? Interesting shot of the boats stuck in the mud! I can't remember ever seeing such a thing! What a hoot!

  5. mitch, there are too many "good" responses to that...

    judy, I remember not hating them... LOL

    michael, it was the first time I had seen it. It does look strange.

    mary, we ate the the cookies, so they couldn't have been bad.


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