The day started cloudy, but the sun eventually came through the clouds as we arrived at Pointe de l'Arcouest which had spectacular coastal views. As we came over a hill and saw the water, everyone gasped! We had a quick stop where everyone looked for shells or visited a local shop.
|Collecting shells at Pointe de l'Arcouest|
|Pointe de l'Arcouest|
|crepe with 'bacon', cheese and egg|
From Paimpol, we stopped at the Plage du Moulin, a beach near Etables-Sur-Mer (Saint Mother Guerin's birthplace), where Saint Mother Guerin is thought to have walked often. This was a favorite spot and many wished we could stay much longer. Thousands of seashells in great condition were all over the beach, the view was beautiful, and many reflected on the fact that in her writing, Saint Mother Guerin was grieved to leave her beautiful France and arrive in Indiana in the beginning. We now feel we have a better understanding of why leaving this place was so difficult for her.
|Plage du Moulin where Mother Guerin walked|
Such an amazing day...we returned to Etables-Sur-Mer and joined the Alum Tour participants, walking to the birthplace/house site of Saint Mother Guerin in the afternoon. The street was so quaint and beautiful, yet simple. We arrived at the gates and as we walked through, there was a palpable feeling among the group. It was a strong sense of being "on the other side" of the stories we all have heard about Saint Mother Guerin since our own arrival to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. There is a structure in place at the site of the house where she once lived, with nearby stable remains. Inside the structure are pictures and various objects. Many were full of emotion, particularly the students, as they stood in a circle holding hands/arms and sang "The Ring Song". The Sisters of Providence in attendance, along with many of us, felt very moved at hearing this song in this place at that moment. It was as if time and place did not exist and we were able to all connect to the legacy which brought us all together.
|Michael Boswell and students inside structure at Mother Guerin's house site|
|Singing the Ring Song inside the structure|
|Emotions running high following Ring Song|
|Church of Saint John the Baptist (mass and concert location) in Etables-Sur-Mer|
Tomorrow we head to the Loire Valley, often called the "Garden of France" and will visit Chateau d'Usse, often referred to as the original Sleeping Beauty castle.