Anne-Marie takes us first to the Plage des Dames (The Ladies' Beach), one of
the earliest "tourist attractions" in France. Tourism as we know it was
born in the 1800's with the growth of the railroad. Once travel became
industrialized and available to masses of newly prosperous entrepreneurs,
places like this became accessible and affordable. This "Ladies' Beach"
was the destination of many a well-to-do woman on 19th-century France.
While the women came here, the men engaged in numerous other activities
available on the island -- fishing, boating, sport of all sort. I might
note that one explanation for the name of this beach goes back much further
than the 1800's. Some say that in the darkest pre-history this beach was
the meeting place of witches who came here to celebrate their magic and to
hone their skills in their Celtic arts.