Archive pour March 2009

A dyke in Roscoff.

Saturday 28 March 2009

Dyke viewed from the seaside.

A footpath of the dyke.

A 500m dyke was built in the XIXth century to turn marshland into a polder. A lot of drainage took place in order to succeed in turning the land gained on the sea into satisfactory arable land to grow vegetables.

At the time being, market gardening is the polder main activity and vegetables such as fennel, cauliflowers, early potatoes are grown in the area which remains very fragile though: the sea is a constant threat and recently there were some rocks which were brought in , to stop erosion at the foot of the dyke.

Arable land in the polder.

One can still see how fragile that environment is. Water is still quite present despite constant drainage.

Sea water on the right.

On the left of the dyke is the seaside, on the right is the polder. Notice some stagnant salted water despite human efforts to keep it away.

It is a never ending fight!

Mind you the eco-system is being well looked after and there has been in the past years a complete cleaning of the polder: rubbish taken away, chemical fertilizers prohibited, canals dredged and cleaned. The castle in the background is called Dyke Castle.

Château de La Digue ( Roscoff)

Akrotiri

Friday 27 March 2009

Akrotiri: the place of excavations of prof. S. Marinatos

Frescoes of Akrotiri

Friday 27 March 2009

More of frescoes of Akrotiri are in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera (Santorini is also known as Thera) in Santorini and in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (the capital of Greece).