SANDS FROM ANOTHER PLANET!

The Grad Dune du Pilat is a very strange location.

Situated in the South West of France, less than one hour away from the beautiful city of Bordeaux, it’s an extremely tall, white, sandy dune that is now between 100 and 120 meters tall but which apparently still growing every season depending on precipitations and winds.

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The dune is very difficult to describe to the ones who haven’t seen it. Imagine a wood that suddenly turns into a beach. After that beach, whose sand would be white and thin, imagine a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Now, imagine that beach growing and growing until it gets 100m high. That’s more or less your image of the dune du Pilat.

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Because it’s so hard to imagine something like that happening in the middle of France and inside of a pretty usual Mediterranean landscape with pine trees, beach and sea, the best thing to do is to let the photographs speak as they are much more effective than words.

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The only thing that words might be better to explain and communicate is the feeling that you’d get climbing that enormous dune and walking on it as there were no end. You don’t see the end because the sun and the sand combined together in a very warm optic illusion are able to trick your eyes. You feel the sand under your feet at it gets warmer and warmer. You see green trees on one side, the Ocean on the other.

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Sometimes a bit of wind refreshes you and that reminds you that no, you are not in the desert, neither on Mars. But even if your reasonable side knows that, if you were listening to your heart and just your heart you’d be positive you were on another planet.

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And when running down one of the smaller dunes on the dune you’d ask yourself: “Am I still in France?”, let your imagination indulge a little bit before to answer. Let your mind play and enjoy this feeling of being far from the world, from everything and everyone else. Maybe, you could pretend for one second to actually be into a totally new different dimension.

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Would it be that bad?

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Text and pics by Carlotta Buosi © All rights reserved