Sunday, September 10, 2006

A good dam is hard to find, part 2

In a previous post, I describe how we went out of our way to find the Barrage de la Rance - a tidal hydroelectic dam that is France's "number one industrial attraction". Turns out we were completely in the wrong part of France. Oops. Well, yesterday we were in the right part of France - so we went out of our way again (slightly) to see the dam. I'd only ever seen river dams, so at first approach the Barrange de la Rance is a little disappointing - low and squat. But we stopped in the visitor's parking lot and walked around to the seaward side and it was duly impressive - great torrents of swirling sea water the color of jade were sweeping through the gates. We got stuck in a horrible traffic jam on the way out, but it was still worth it.

Barrage de la Rance

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