Sunday, March 28, 2010

Entrancing Courant d'Huchet

Early morning at Leon Lake with the boats

Courant d`Huchet is an outflow from the Léon Lake all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean at Moliets. It is classified as a protected area and only licensed 'Bâteliers' have the right to bring boats with tourist on excursions. Many have talked to me about this place, telling me how fantastic it is, a tropical and very different nature, magical environment... but I must admit I remained pretty sceptical about the whole thing. I thought it was more for retired people with a botanical special interest.
Last year I tried the short version, two hours, and I am totally conquered!

Peaceful and entrancing are the words that best describe what it was like. Next time I will try the longer version of four hours, which will take me all the way out to the ocean. The old French president Mitterrand used to come here many times. Apparently he never uttered a word, he just sat silent and admired the nature, thinking.

Duck hunt hiding place on Leon Lake
You see the duck hunt hiding place? The ducks in front are not for real!

Old fishery on the Courant d'Huchet
The old fishery. The fishermen spent the night here when they were getting up early to empty the nets.

On the Courant d'Huchet view from the boat
A magical world, lush and green with many different, tropical plants. Practically untouched by man, the bâteliers only cut the minimum to let the boats pass. Watch your head!

Going back against the stream
Going back against the stream. We walked and our handsome rugby player did the hard work.

And look what meets you if you go all the way to the sea... I didn't go with the boat, you can see the outlet from the Moliets main beach. After coming down to the beach, walk about 200 metres to the right and you are there. A beautiful place.

End of Courant d'Huchet

Courant d'Huchet meets the Atlantic

1 comment:

  1. Bravo pour les photos qui donnent envie de venir très très rapidement découvrir ce site. Je suis partante pour la ballade de 4 heures!!!


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