Have you ever returned from a long trip and had to ask yourself “where did I take that photo”? You think you will remember everyone you meet and every place you visit, but time and age fade the memory.
Well, it happened to us recently. After several weeks in France, we returned home to find that there were several photos of a church that we could not identify.
The EXIF data revealed the date and time of the photos, but not the GPS coordinates.
While many DSLRs have internal or external GPS functionality, My Nikon D610 has neither.
According to the EXIF data, the photos were taken on our last day in the Brittany region, and the time indicated that they were taken four hours after our last shot of the Mont Saint-Michel.
But, where was it? We retraced our steps for that day, but the identification of this church remained a mystery, until we decided to do a Flickr search.
Most Flickr photos are tagged with keywords. So, we entered two words, ‘Brittany’ and ‘churches’.
And there it was, on the very first page of results, one of the most famous cathedrals in the whole of Brittany: La Cathédrale Saint-Samson Dol-de-Bretagne. How lucky can you be?
Dol de Bretagne is half way between Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo on the N176. We had driven this road several times in our exploration of the region but did not take much notice of the sign to Dol de Bretagne.
So, how did we come to be in Dol-de-Bretagne and not remember?
Well, we had gone to the village of Pleuguer to buy a particular brand of apple cider to which we had taken a fancy. It was on our way back that we stumbled into Dol-de-Bretagne and La Cathédrale Saint-Samson.
It was purely by accident and obviously not a priority for our brain cells.
This story is not about La Cathédrale Saint-Samson Dol-de-Bretagne. It is about two old farts who refuse to take notes of their travels or do sufficient homework to realise a real jewel when they find one.
Memory is indeed a wonderful thing, in hindsight.