" The Square in this Fortified Town"

Malcolm Chant

Joined September 2008

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THE SALT PANS Fascinating 2000 acres produce the famous Fleur de sel (“Flower of salt” in French) is a hand-harvested sea salt collected by workers who scrape only the top layer of salt before it sinks to the bottom of large salt pans. Traditional French fleur de sel is collected off the coast of Brittany (most notably in the town of Guérande – Fleur de Sel de Guérande, hand harvested from salt marsh water being the most revered),and is slightly grey due to the sandy minerals collected in the process of harvesting the salt from the pans. Fleur de sel is one of most expensive salts in the world and is usually sold in jars as it is slightly damp.

GUERANDE in French and Gwenrann in the Breton language, (meaning : “white land”). It lies close to the Atlantic Ocean. Guerande sits high looking over the salt pans and beyond to the Bay of Biscay, to the east lie the Briere wetlands and National Park and to the north the Vilaine river. The old walled town (known in French as vieille ville) is surrounded by intact ramparts and has four fortified gates (the largest of which is a 15th century châtelet known as Porte Saint-Michel) and ten towers. It’s the capital of the Pays Guérandais, an ancient region of the Duchy of Brittany. The residents are called Guérandais. Guérande is almost surrounded by the sea at the West, the Brière swamp at the east and the Vilaine river by the north. At the south extends the sea resort La Baule. Guérande is known by the salterns which produce a very fine, traditional salt called fleur de sel, and by the old town with fortifications. The town has a very rich history, full of important events.

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