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Visite de Guerldan en Bretagne - An Easy French English


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Le plus grand lac de Bretagne sappelle le lac de Guerldan. Cest dans le sud-ouest de notre dpartement des Ctes dArmor, et
quelque chose d'extraordinaire s'y est pass. The largest lake in Brittany is called the Lac de Guerldan. It is in the southwest of our
department, the Ctes d'Armor, and something unbelievable happened there.

Guerldanun lac arti ciel cr pendant les annes vingt du sicle dernier. Il a coup en deux le canal de Nantes Brest. Il mesure 12 kilomtres de
long et a une super cie de plus de trois cents kilomtres carrs. Le barrage du lac fournit de lhydrolectricit depuis les annes quarante, et le lac
lui-mme attire beaucoup de visiteurs qui viennent faire des randonnes sur ses rives ou qui viennent faire des sports aquatiques tels que la voile, le
kayak, le ski nautique ou la pche.

Guerldanis an arti cial lake created during the twenties of the last century. It cut the Nantes-Brest canal in two. It measures 12 km long and has an
area of over three hundred square kilometers. The lake dam has provided hydroelectricity since the 1940s, and the lake itself attracts many visitors
who come to hike along its banks or come for water sports such as sailing, kayaking, water skiing or shing.

Plan of Guerldans Site


Guerldans Lake Video
Si vous voulez voir une belle petite vido du Lac de Guerldan, allez voir celle-ci sur YouTube:
If you want to see a nice little video of Lake Guerldan, go see it on YouTube:

Guerldan = an Empty Lake


Mais Peter et moi, nous ne sommes pas alls Guerldan pour admirer le beau lac, non, pas du tout: le lac tait vide!
But Peter and I did not go to Guerldan to admire the beautiful lake, no, not at all: the lake was empty!

En e et, les autorits avaient dcid quil tait ncessaire de vider le lac pour e ectuer des travaux dentretien et pour faire des rparations.
Indeed, the authorities had decided that it was necessary to drain the lake to perform maintenance work and to do repairs.
Dans le pass, on essayait de faire ce travail rgulirement, mais avec les dveloppements technologiques, a ne sera probablement plus ncessaire
lavenir. Cest peut-tre mme la dernire fois que le lac va tre vid! Lvnement a attir la curiosit de beaucoup de gens, tout comme la
dernire fois quand le lac avait t vid, il y a trente ans, cela avait provoqu beaucoup dembouteillages et de grands problmes de stationnement
dans le secteur ! Et cette fois encore, les statistiques ont t surprenantes: un million et demi de visiteurs sont venus voir le lac vide. Un million et
demi a, cest quelque chose! Ctait une excursion ne pas rater!

In the past, they tried to do this work regularly, but with technological developments, this will probably no longer be necessary in the future. This is
perhaps the last time the lake will be emptied! The event attracted the curiosity of many people, like the last time when the lake was emptied. That
was thirty years ago, and it caused a lot of congestion and major parking problems in the area! And once again, the statistics were surprising: a
million and a half visitors came to see the empty lake. A million and a half thats something! It was a tour not to be missed!

Touring the Drained Lake of Guerldan


Un beau dimanche matin, donc, nous avons prpar un pique-nique et nous sommes partis vers le sud-ouest. Aprs un peu plus dune heure de route,
nous y sommes arrivs. Il y avait six points daccs o on pouvait aller visiter le lac assch. Des panneaux nous guidaient pour nous aider trouver
les sites les plus intressants.

So one ne Sunday morning, we prepared a picnic and headed towards the southwest. After a little over an hour, we arrived there.There were six
access points where you could visit the dry lake. Signs guided us to help us nd the most interesting sights.
Nous tions parmi les derniers voir le lac compltement vide: partir du mois de novembre 2015, le travail a t ni et on a commenc remplir le
lac. Mais le jour que nous avions choisi, le dernier dimanche doctobre, il faisait trs beau, et il a t possible de descendre au fond du lac.

We were among the last to see the completely empty lake: from November 2015, the work was nished and they began lling the lake. But the day
we had chosen, the last Sunday of October, the weather was very beautiful, and it was possible to go down to the lake bottom.

Voil lcluse, la maison et la ferme indiques sur le panneau.


This is the lock, the house and the farm indicated on the sign.

L o nous sommes descendus, il restait quelques arbres fossiliss.


Where we went down to the lake bottom, there were some fossilized trees.

Vite, une photo pour prouver que nous avons t ici!


Quick, a picture to prove that we were here!
Nous navons pas pass beaucoup de temps au lac pas assez de temps pour faire une longue randonne, mais jai pris une dernire photo de
maisons englouties avant de partir
We did not spend a lot of time at the lake not enough time for a long hike, but I took one last photo of some submerged houses before leaving

Submerged Houses in Guerldan

Biking on the Canal


Puis nous sommes alls le long du canal pour faire un peu de vlo. Cest trs calme, et trs beau tous les moments de lanne. Il fallait en pro ter,
parce que nous ne venons pas souvent par l.

Then we went along the canal to do some biking. Its very quiet, and very beautiful at all times of the year. We had to take advantage of the moment,
because we do not come here often.
Nous avons fait un dernier arrt dans un salon de th o jai achet un souvenir de notre journe un set de table pour les petits djeuners dans nos
chambres dhtes. (http://www.frenchtoday.com/learn-french-in-france/french-immersion-northern-brittany) Puis en voiture, Simone on rentre!

We made a last stop in a tea shop where I bought a souvenir of our day a breakfast table mat for our B&B guests. Then time to get going (French
idiom), back home!

Vocabulary
Les Ctes dArmor one of the four departments in Brittany
les annes vingt the 1920s
le sicle dernier last century
le canal de Nantes Brest a canal crossing Brittany from SE. to W.
fournir to provide
attirer to attract
une randonne a long walk, hike
des travaux dentretien maintenance work
lavenir in the future
vide (adj.) empty
vider to empty
tre vid to be emptied
surprenant surprising
ne pas rater! not to be missed!
le lac assch the drained lake
partir de as from, starting from
au fond du lac to the bottom of the lake
une maison engloutie a submerged house
en pro ter to take advantage of sth, make the most of it
en voiture, Simone ! (humorous expression) time to get going!

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