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France : Bretagne

3.1 km (1.9 miles) SE of Boderel, Morbihan, Bretagne, France
Approx. altitude: 93 m (305 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 177°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Lock Nr. 6 of the River Blavet at Rimaison #3: River Blavet #4: A farmhouse, about 180 metres East of the confluence #5: View from the confluence towards West #6: Plate marking the confluence #7: GPS #8: From left to right: Thomas, Werner, David, Captain Peter, Anika #9: Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) #10: Anika requested medical assistance

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  48°N 3°W (visit #4)  

#1: View to the South

(visited by Captain Peter, Werner Furlan, Thomas Prettner, David Roth and Anika Reuner)

28-Jul-2002 -- Today, on Sunday, we visited the second confluence close to Lorient ("An Orient" in the language of Brittany peninsula), the port where we are loading at present.

From Lorient we took the express route N165 in direction Rennes, and later we took several smaller roads until we reached the Lock Nr. 6 of the River Blavet at Rimaison. There we parked our car and walked a few hundred metres along the River Blavet towards East. We realized the confluence to be somewhere in the South, but in order to reach it we had to climb up through the densely wooded riverbed, full of thicket and thorns.

Finally we reached the top of the riverbed and saw a farmhouse, about 180 metres East of the confluence.

Walking along a yellow corn field towards West we reached an oak tree, where a plate told us the confluence to be a 23 metres more in the South, which was perfectly true.

The yellow corn plants were already more than head-high, so it was not easy to take pictures in all directions. We attach, however, the view to the South.

After having gathered ourselves around the oak tree and taken the group photo we went back to the riverbed. Underway Werner, being a physician, detected the medicinal herb digitalis purpurea (foxglove).

Dr. Werner explains:
Digitalis purpurea contains an alcaloid effective on the heart. It is used in medicine when tachycardia due to atrial fibrillation does occur. In the past it was used as well against cardiac insufficiency. Digitalis acts on the calcium channels in the cardiac muscle cells' stimulus conducting system, the impulses on the so-called cardiac AV-node are reduced, and the heart continues to beat more regularly.

After having made our way down back to the River through the thicket and the thorns Anika requested medical assistance. Dr. Werner, having a forceps with him had to extract several thorns out of her feet.


 All pictures
#1: View to the South
#2: Lock Nr. 6 of the River Blavet at Rimaison
#3: River Blavet
#4: A farmhouse, about 180 metres East of the confluence
#5: View from the confluence towards West
#6: Plate marking the confluence
#7: GPS
#8: From left to right: Thomas, Werner, David, Captain Peter, Anika
#9: Digitalis purpurea (foxglove)
#10: Anika requested medical assistance
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