For us the first rule of days out at the coast - is Moules et Frites for lunch! and the were really lovely, large and succulent and full of sweet flavour - really clean and just mmmmmmm.......
|Office de Tourisme|
The gates to St Martin welcome us, we haven't been here for a few years now, nothing much would have changed I know that but still it's lovely to go back and seeing it this time on 2 wheels so very different, we had cycled through some lovely areas and didn't have to touch the main road at all (this time!) but it was a breezy ride with a good old headwind for most of it - tide changing breeze!
St. Martin is a Citedal , built and designed by Vauban in 1670 to prevent further attacks, between 1873 & 1938 it kept prisoners before shipping them off to Penal colonies.
The Poitou Baudet donkey which in the high season used for rides around the town, dressed up in their dungarees - yes dungarees I kid you not! This goes back to the years when they used the donkey in the salt marshes, it protected them from the nasty old mosquito bites! This time of year however they are mainly resting and trying to keep in the shade from the heat of the day!
Cycling through St. Martin - we didn't stop for a drink or even an ice-cream but photos of course...
|towards l'Abbaye Chateliers|
|Maybe for dinner or to sell - it looks a back breaking job either way!|
|Back through La Flotte and on seeing this scene the photo had to be taken!|
|Feeling the black and white at this point!|
Our next stop Châteliers Abbaye (Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Ré) another building I love being around - it's so atmospheric there, we have been lucky each time on visiting as there are never many tourists around so hopefully today would be the same, being as it was officially l'heure d'appero!
So now being 7 pm and still extremely hot we thought we should start making our way back to Le Suroit, we had no idea how long it would take us - we had at this point achieved about 20kms and still going strong - back to St. Martin to make our way across to Bois Plage - easy - erm no, not really! But on the way we stopped to chat to some more Baudet's!
|The slow puncture I started to get on the way became a fast puncture on the way back - good old Mr. PJP!|
Day 2 - 21st June loomed bright and breezy, I was a tad worried about the weather as I heard strong winds during the night but it was fine, it was a little overcast but that's not a bad thing either, ahh actually yes it is as you tend not to put on quite so much suncream and then forget to take it with!
We stopped for a new map at the Office de Tourisme on the outskirts of Les Portes on Ré, just like the lady in La Flotte the young lady was extremely helpful and so friendly, she also informed me it was 32 degrees and climbing! Ah, that's why were really, really hot then! She even reminded me to make sure we kept drinking (water) and to stop when we felt tired or dizzy, so sweet! She was thrilled when I mentioned we were off to the Bird Sanctuary, it's a place that doesn't attract many tourists this time of year apparently!
|Salt Marshes being worked|
|the first time I have seen a bike stall at a market!|
|Another restaurant another band!|
SO happy with this one, I did a very stealthy creep up to get this!
After we had gone as far as we could we hit the main road back to Sainte Marie to our car but not before I got some final photos of the beautiful scenes before me.....
Au revoir Ilê de Ré we will be back!
Thank you for taking time to read our brief but fabulous mini tour de Ré, there are more photos on my page over on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PamelaJaynePhotography?ref=br_rs if you would care to see more of this beautiful island known as the "hidden gem of France".