Our first stop this morning is the Bourrine du Bois Juquaud. A "bourrine"
is a style of house unique to the marshlands of upper Vendée. When this
"land" was first settled, it was literally a battle with the waters. No
regular farmer would even attempt to live here, but the "bourrineur" dug
trenches that drained the marsh just enough to build a house that itself is
made of the mud and clay from the marsh itself. Every element of the "bourrineur's"
life derived from what nature offered.