See you later Montaigu! We jumped on the highway and headed south. We missed our exit. But that’s ok. Instead, we took the scenic route, admiring the French countryside and detouring through quaint little towns.
Île de Ré is a small island (about 20 miles long) off the coast of Western France next to the seaport city of La Rochelle. When the girls were younger, the family owned a house here. The island is known for a few things: its sea salt, potatoes, fresh fish and oysters… and its beaches, ports and bike paths. It is a popular European vacation spot.
We spent the morning on the island, had a wonderful lunch and then visited La Rochelle for the rest of the afternoon.
We started with a visit to Saint Martin, the main port
View from the port… the Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay)
We did some shopping and enjoyed the 60 degree weather.
Interesting tidbit: Remains of Saint Martin’s citadel and fortifications from the 1600’s can still be seen and are included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is also an old prison in Saint Martin. In the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s, it held prisoners before they were shipped to the penal colonies in the French Guiana.
More shopping and making our way up to the church.
Church of Saint Martin
It’s a RASTA Donkey!
Naturally, there are several vineyards on the island.
Finally, the beach! Time to play and dip my toes into the Atlantic!
Twick loves the beach!!
Worked up an appetite for lunch! I enjoyed soupe du poissons (fish soup), a fig, ham and goat cheese crepe and a caramel crepe for dessert. SO MANY CREPES! I also tried a bite of Olivier’s lunch, tête de veau… aka veal head. Tried it and it was pretty tasty.
Adorable little restaurant. Sophie and Olivier are actually friends with the owner.
Loving the funky decor.
Salted caramel crepe. Fantastic!
To be continued… Stay tuned for my next post on the rest of our afternoon in La Rochelle. Bisous!
P.S. Two weeks from today, Kyle and I will be checking in to the fabulous Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. Can’t wait!