France's Brittany region boasts one of the most dramatic coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean, and arguably, in the world.

There after Christmas I spent a week in Quiberon, a peninsula between La Trinité and the island of Belle-Île, the neighboring island where Claude Monet painted one of his many works hanging in Paris' Oselley Museum:

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Tempête sur les Côtes de Belle-Île, 1886

Site of the Battle of Quiberon in the Seven Years War, and a bloody holdout for French Royal exiles during the French Revolution, it was renown for sardine fishing, canning and seaweed harvesting until being reclassified as a health resort in 1924.

Held by the Germans in WWII, Quiberon has long since quieted down and is now a mecca for tourists and boaters. But all it took was one run with my camera phone to understand why they still call it the 'savage coast':


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All photos copyright Sam Greenfield 2013