Dune du Pilat – Arcachon

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It’s not often you encounter views that confuse the mind. Walking up from a car park hidden beneath a dense canopy of pine trees I reach what can only be described as a mountain of pure white sand. I start the ascent, not easy work and laugh with others about slow progress and burning calves. Once at the top it’s dazzling and wildly unusual. For what seems like miles in front of me the peak, sand winding all the way to a distant horizon. Far beneath me on one side is the expansive pine forest, no evidence of life beneath the green. On the other side is the sea, beautiful turquoise with swirling islands of sand. How strange to stand on a beach and have to look down over 100m to discover the sea, a spectacular curiosity of nature that challenges all comprehension.


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