Morgat Things to Do
We followed the cliff path around past an ancient bunker and cane to a large plaque set into the hard granite of the cliff top and found that we had arrived at the point where General Patton accepted the surrender of the german General Rauch.
The plaque records :-
ICI LE 18.09.1944 LE 17th CAV.SQUADRON
DU 15th CAVALRY GROUP 3rd US ARMY
GENERAL PATTON PUIS 9th US ARMY
APRES DE DURS COMBATS
OBTINT LA RENDITTION
DU GENERAL E. RAUCH
COMMANDANT ADT. DE LA FORTRESS DE BREST
The inscription on the left reads
TEC 5 CECIL E. FLY
And the one on the right
TEC 5 DONALD E. FULTON
AS you make your way past the Naval Base entrance you will see a large board on which are shown hundreds of names and which points the way to the Memorial erected in remembrance of all those who perished whilst serving in the French Naval Service in the North Atlantic and Scandinavia.
The Memorial is first seen as the wing of a crashed aircraft emerging from the ground and pointing upwards to the sky.
As you approach closer you will see it is submerged in a circular pit surrounded by a wall of plaques on which the names of the lost and their units are engraved.
The Crozon peninsula stretches west then branches into 3 smaller peninsulas - a bit like the 3 Legs of Man.
Of these, Cap de la Chevre. is the largest and possesses some of the most spectacular scenery, coastal paths and beaches. Also tucked down its narrow lane are many pictutesque hamlets with miniature cottages -some with thatched roofs.
Beware on the westward side however the beaches because of strong undercurrents and shifting sands.
IThe Cape can be easily reached on a good road from Crozon and Morgat.
At the Tip there is plenty of car parking and grassy areas for picnics before starting off on a walk to explore the area and take a walk.
As you leave the carpark you will pass by the Naval observation and look out point which is out of bounds.
We went to this restaurant on our last evening having marked it several times onday-time visits. It was a Friday night and we chose to sit in the covered extension at the entrance. We were amongst the first to arrive but the tables around us quickly filled then people seem to pour into the "Inside" restaurant which had some rather fanciful coloured lighting. It was obvious that this was a place very popular with local residents and when our meals arrived we understood why!
I chose the 3-course 17euro menu and started with a delicious smoked salmon salad that was a meal in itself followed by a whole baked fish - I think it was sea bass; then the plainest avilable desert - a good creme caramel.
John went for the 27 euro menu and also started with a salad , followed by succulent tuna and a cheese selection . Wines were reasonably priced and coffee 1 euro 60
A most enjoyable meal in a nice atmosphere - enlivened by a slightly tipsy French lady who assumed we were new to France and gave us a few Tips - which embarrassed her partner and not to be repeated here!
Morgat Off The Beaten Path
We took a narrow track which we thought would take us down to the beach but were still a fair height above sea level when we came to a tiny hamlet of tiny cottages covered with flowers, some with thatched a roof.
They were so low as we passed we felt conspicuous and hestiated to take photographs or stare.
This was the village of Lost-mar'c'h - like something out of a fairy story.
Before we left I took one photo before we turned and made our way down over sanddunes to the beach at La Palud - one of the beaches where bathing is interdite!