Carnac - France

Carnac the Magnificent was a role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and later continued on Late Show with David Letterman, occasionally by Paul Shaffer. One of Carson's most well-known characters, Carnac was a psychic with a large, elaborate turban and a plethora of envelopes, all of which (according to Ed McMahon) were "hermetically sealed" and had been kept in "a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls' porch since noon" that day. On the way to his desk after arriving on stage, Carnac would invariably trip and fall (on one memorable occasion, Carson's desk had

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indiechick :

Has anyone been to Carnac and Carnac Grande Plage beach?

those that really matter to you! :
"no."
Sean F :
"Yes, go see the menhirs that are dotted around that area. Although they are smaller than those in the U.K. they are still as weird and creepy."
sultan.murat :
"are you sure you spell the names correctly?"
SHOW STOPPER :
"Carnac (Breton= Karnag) is a village and commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany ( 47°34′N, 3°4′W) and part of the Morbihan département of northwestern France. Its inhabitants are called Carnacois. Carnac is renowned for the Carnac stones, one of the most extensive Neolithic menhirs collections in the world, as well as its beaches popular with tourists. Carnac, found on a narrow peninsula halfway between the medieval town Vannes and the seaside resort Quiberon, is split into two centres - Carnac-Ville and Carnac-Plage (the beach front). In total there are five beaches, including la Grande Plage, and further to the east, Plage Men Dû and Beaumer.[1] Neighboring communes Carnac is connected to La Trinité-sur-Mer to the east by road and by a shared pedestrian/bike path along the beach. The other neighbouring communes are Crach, Erdeven, Ploemel and Plouharnel. Carnac is famous as the site of more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones. The stones were hewn from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin (Brittany has its own local versions of the Arthurian cycle). The Carnac stones were erected during the Neolithic period which lasted from around 4500 BC until 2000 BC. The precise date of the stones is difficult to ascertain as little dateable material has been found beneath them, but c.3300 BC is commonly attributed to the site's main phase of activity. One interpretation of the site is that successive generations visited the site to erect a stone in honour of their ancestors. [edit] History In 1864, La Trinité-sur-Mer and its port were separated from the commune, to create their own parish. The fishermen found the church Saint-Cornély to be too far from the port, and had one built in a more convenient location. La Trinité-sur-Mer thus became both a parish and a separate commune. In 1903, a seaside resort was created on the old salt flats, developing extensively through the 1950s to create the split Carnac of today: Carnac-ville and Carnac-plage. In 1974, a renowned hydrotherapy centre was sponsored by champion cyclist Louison Bobet, retiring after having won the Tour de France three times from 1953 to 1955. Carnac is also a brand of cycling shoes, specialising in shoes for road bikes, but recently producing a line of mountain bike shoes. Carnac is famous as the site of more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones. The stones were hewn from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin (Brittany has its own local versions of the Arthurian cycle). The Carnac stones were erected during the Neolithic period which lasted from around 4500 BC until 2000 BC. The precise date of the stones is difficult to ascertain as little dateable material has been found beneath them, but c.3300 BC is commonly attributed to the site's main phase of activity. One interpretation of the site is that successive generations visited the site to erect a stone in honour of their ancestors. [edit] History In 1864, La Trinité-sur-Mer and its port were separated from the commune, to create their own parish. The fishermen found the church Saint-Cornély to be too far from the port, and had one built in a more convenient location. La Trinité-sur-Mer thus became both a parish and a separate commune. In 1903, a seaside resort was created on the old salt flats, developing extensively through the 1950s to create the split Carnac of today: Carnac-ville and Carnac-plage. In 1974, a renowned hydrotherapy centre was sponsored by champion cyclist Louison Bobet, retiring after having won the Tour de France three times from 1953 to 1955. Carnac is also a brand of cycling shoes, specialising in shoes for road bikes, but recently producing a line of mountain bike shoes. Other sights around Carnac The lake Etang du moulin du lac.There are a number of camping grounds in the woods around Carnac, some clustered around various lakes such as the Etang du moulin du lac which is immediately to the west of the river Crac'h."
assassin :
"yes - quite nice and interesting"
Strudders67 :
"Probably lots of people. I'm not one of them."
tim-c :
"A magical unspoiled place. A must to visit."
le_ffrench :
"Carnac is the most renowned area in France for standing stones (menhirs). There area large alignments of them, unlike in the other areas of France where they generally appear in small groups of a few dozens. Apart from the 'official' alignments, others are marked on the maps, but hidden in filelds and forests all around the town. You can also visit a tumulus not far from the main menhir alignements. Apart from that, Carnac is a rather classic seaside resort."
WISE OWL :
"Yes, we go there regularly. It is an awesome place! There are literally thousands of standing stones (menhirs) arranged in geometrical patterns or in alleys which you can see from above as wooden view points have been constructed so that you have a different perspective from that on the ground. Compared to Stonehenge, the stones are much smaller, but they are disposed over a much larger area. When you are there you really feel connected to the people who erected them and took so much trouble and effort with so few means to do so. Carnac Grande Plage beach is wonderful, long and very sandy. It is cleaned regularly by the municipality. It is lovely to sit on, sunbathe and swim. When the tide rises at sunset it looks as if the sea is made of liquid gold. It is an unspoilt area and very quiet out of season, but even at the height of summer it is never unpleasantly crowded. There are many things to see and to do all around. If you are going there, you will really be amazed. Do take your camera as there are opportunities for splendid photos. PS. I see from your previous question that you will be staying at Keycamp. Nice, clean place, with good facilities. Five minutes from the beach. Lots of young people. You will really enjoy it. Have a wonderful time!"
indiechick :

I am going on holiday in mid July to Keycamp Carnac Les Menhires(sp?). I was wondering if anyone had any reviews of it or could tell me about the facilities and activities. I was hoping to be able to go online while I'm away..any internet access there?!!.xx

racyragtop :
"I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question, but I felt sorry for you as nobody else seems to either. Good luck!"
bob j :

ive googled it but cant seem to find ten day forecast for carnac in Brittany .chears

Jody W :
"try"
Alvin S :
"Carnac, France 70º F | C Scattered clouds. Mild For forcast go here =&wreg=&wcwid=130837&wsw=&qsrc=8 Google.com isnt good for weather but is good."
2103ajay :
"Try this web site "
IG :
"From my experience . . . It'll either be nice/humid/hot or Rainy/humid . . . I sure do love Bretagne, but for the eight months I lived there (including summer and fall) I found that the purchase of a good umbrella always helps. Otherwise: will help!"
Azuréa :
"here I found 5 days of forecast for Carnac. Hope it can help !"

 

Comments on Carnac

Allinpoker.cc
Date: 2008-02-04 23:47:32

An often-overlooked travel destination in Northwest France, the stones of Carnac were raised at least 5,000 years ago. Other prehistoric sites in the area are described.


andrew01
Date: 2008-02-04 23:47:32

For the megalith enthusiast, visiting the Carnac region can be an overwhelming experience. There’s just so much to see. But here are some personal recommendations, as well as a few photography tips.


blackrock
Date: 2008-02-04 23:47:32

One man's journey through the megaliths of Brittany.


abiz181
Date: 2008-02-04 23:47:32

Carnac trip diary: the final day of our tour of the megalithic sites around Carnac, including standing stones, alignments and dolmens.




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