Sometimes on your travels you come across, entirely by accident, an interesting place.
The aire de repos on the A16 in Normandy, Les Falaises de Widehem, is an example. We stopped at this spot purely to eat our picnic lunch but found a site apparently dedicated to the wind which seems to blow there all the time. I have already mentioned the wind turbines in a Photo Hunter post.
The view of the Baie de la Canche from the path around the area is spectacular.
At the viewing point, there are two quotes about the wind carved in stone:
L'horizon perçu par les yeux humains n'est jamais le rivage, parce qu'au delà de cet horizon, il y en a un autre, et toujours ! Flaubert
The horizon perceived by human eyes is never the shore because beyond that there is another one, always!
The wind doesn't wait. It crosses mountains, it sweeps up dust, sand, ashes...
On the right hand side were words describing the action of winds taken from a poem by Charles-Marie Leconte de Lisle:
In 2003, Sanef, who run the autoroutes in that area, held a Concerto aux quatre vents there, and in 2007 held a jazz concert, Sonate aux 4 vents.
Just stopping there for a short while has led me to find out all these bits and pieces of information. It's the sort of thing I find fascinating - I know I have strange inclinations ;) but who knows what we are missing as we rush along trying to get from place to place as fast as possible.