Viaduc de la Souleuvre

14 Mar

We weren’t busy seeing world heritage monuments every day in Normandy.  One bright morning we were inspired by an entry in our cottage’s guest book — “What’s the Souleuvre Viaduc?” we wondered.  It wasn’t in our guide book.  But it was just a short drive away along the Vire river valley, so we gave it a chance.

Turns out it is the remains of a once-spectacular train bridge over the valley, built by none other than Gustave Eiffel.  The Souleuvre Viaduct no longer spans the valley, and is now used by bungee jumping company AJ Hackett, to the delight of thrill-seekers everywhere.  Although it is closed to jumpers in the winter, we were allowed to explore along the walkway.

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Here, the view from the initial entry point to the viaduct.  Do you remember me talking about my love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with heights when we went to Tintagel?  Yeah. I was not too sure about this.IMG_4530

The walkway out to the observation and jumping areas.  The rails go to just under my waist (NOT HIGH ENOUGH) and it was immensely windy (I WAS GOING TO BLOW AWAY).  And the bridge shakes if you step very firmly.  (OH MY GOD)IMG_4531

The views over the valley are beautiful.IMG_4532

Even though I had trouble holding the camera still for a good shot.IMG_1133

See that little cage thing, sticking out there?  That’s where people jump.  CRAZY PEOPLE.  According to my cottage guest book, if jumping isn’t your thing, this is a great place to sit with a drink and watch everyone else jumping.IMG_1134

Straight down.  OH MY GOD.  AGAIN.IMG_4539I’m smiling, but inside I’m going EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEE.  Just after this I started laughing and couldn’t stop.  Basically, I was screaming.  Time to walk back to the safety of the enclosed observation area and move on to another site in Normandy …

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One Response to “Viaduc de la Souleuvre”

  1. Sarah March 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    HINEY CRINGE!

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