Do you know the song ‘Le Plat Pays’ by Jacques Brel? It pays tribute to ‘Les Flandres’, a region in the
One of the lines reads "avec des cathédrales comme uniques montagnes" (Where cathedrals are the only mountains). The region is very flat and the only silhouettes that stick out in the completely horizontal skyline are bell and church towers. Being close to the
If Jacques Brel had been French (sorry to disappoint those of you who assumed he was), he could have written a similar song about La Beauce, a windswept plain between
Last June we were struck by the way modern times have caught up with the region. We can only assume that the traditional wooden windmills that were used for grain-grinding, water pumping, etc are still there, as the landscape we drove through on our way to
Personally, I think wind turbines are an excellent and nature friendly alternative to reduce the use of fossil fuels. But seeing these huge wind turbine parks overtaking the countryside and spoiling the view, made me, nevertheless, a little bit sad.