Here’s a photo of the Digue de Querqueville. It is part of the Rade de Cherbourg, the largest man-made harbor in the world. Unfortunately, the forts around different places along the rade have been ravaged by time, sea water and man.
I went on a trip last week on a boat to see the forts for myself. Although they are in terrible condition, they are nonetheless impressive up close and personal. I was watching Fort Boyard the other night and I thought, “wouldn’t it be awesome if they were to fix up one of the forts here in Cherbourg and make a television show?” That would be awesome.
Some forts like this one on the L'île Pelée are simply spectacular and need repairs in order to make it worthy of a proper tourist destination--something Cherbourg simply lacks other than having La Cité de la Mer.
For those of you who don't know what La Cité de la Mer looks like, here's another picture. It used to serve as the old Transatlantic Railway Terminal. Toward the end of World War II the Germans blew-up the building and its iconic 70m tall bell tower. Now, mostly refurbished and saved from demolition it serves as a museum for all things dealing with the sea. It has its own huge aquarium and is home to the first French nuclear submarine, Le Redoutable.