Photographer's Note

After posting a little series on Brest 2008, the boat reunion, I decided to show some sites of the city, that aren't on TE yet.
Brest is renouned for its magnificent bay, but as the city was bombed to the ground during the 2nd World War, and rebuilt very quickly afterwards, most people take it as not very beautiful.
And yet, there are some beautiful, interesting sites in it.

This is the train station, which was lucky to escape the bombing. It was built in art deco from 1936 to 1937, by the architect: Urbain Cassan. He was the adviser-architect to the French railway company. The hemicycle shape of the great hall is there to remind us of the shape of the locomotive; the tower to remind us of the chimney of the locomotive.
Several people are surprised that the building dates back to 1936, because it looks very modern. Well, Cassan was a disciple of the famous visionary architect: Le Corbusier, which is probably an answer.

Brest train station has a particularity: It is the last station in Europe! You don't stop in Brest when passing by! You have to COME here; And more than one have stayed! So, it must be attractive in some ways!
If you only look at the sky! Some people pretend, it always rains in Brest, perhaps all the more because of Jacques Prévert's famous song "Souviens-toi, Barbara! Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest!..."

The bas-relief in pink granite is from the sculptor Lucien Brasseur and represents breton characters.
In WS, a vertical photo of the staion in B&W and a close-up on the bas-relief.
I have created a theme which according to me, represents the beauty in Brest, in its variety.

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