I must start with an apology, I’m getting a strong sense of Deja-vu with this post. I’m pretty sure I’ve written about Ile deRe before, but on a quick scan back through old posts couldn’t find one. It’s possibly on my old blog? If it does turn up it would be interesting to see if I’ve written the same things and used the same photos? A pretty high chance I think.
Why today? Well quite often on sunny days, and today had been very sunny, I’m struck by the similarities between it, and “my” island.
We have the same sort of small white cottages, though ours were built to house slate miners. There aren’t miners anymore but you can find fishermen (yes it is always men), here. We even have oyster beds, Ile de Re is famous for oysters. But lobsters, crab and langoustines are dominate here.
Both islands have lots of lovely summer flowers.
And both are on the Atlantic coast, connected to the mainland by a bridge.
Our trip to Ile de Re was quite a while ago, 2013 and it was our first trip abroad with DogS. And because of that, also the first time we crossed the channel using Le Shuttle.
First impressions weren’t great. We couldn’t even see the island as we drove onto the bridge . There was a fog worthy of an Edinburgh haar*
Luckily the weather improved, most days were nice and sunny. We had a lovely time exploring, eating seafood, shopping in the market, even the odd drink.
Oh and cycling. Well sort of I had a tricycle.
And though she wasn’t keen at first, DogS came to love the box. Specially when I picked up speed, and she could enjoy the wind through her fur.
She made friends too
DogS is the very hairy one on the right
but was less keen on “Les Chats”.
We were based in St Martin de Re which is the capital, and that’s where the differences start. There’s a fabulous local shop here, but not the kind of designer boutiques you find in Ile de Re. None of our three villages could be called the “capital”.
And we don’t have donkeys, and certainly no donkeys in stripy pyjamas.
this one is “au naturel” but traditionally they wear stripy PJs to protect their legs from salt and beasties when they work in the marshes
There’s no point in my giving names of bars or restaurants that we liked, seven years on so much may have changed. Even without Covid-19.
One recommendation, we visited in June and our accommodation was almost 50% cheaper than it would have been in the peak months (mostlyAugust when Parisians visit). And it was still a nice buzzy place in the slightly off season. It would be interesting to visit in the off season, but I imagine a very different experience.
Oh and a warning, it was the place I took this photograph. While it was easy to eat out, visit the shops and even some of the monuments, many of the beaches were off limits for dogs
So on a lovely sunny day at home it’s been nice to remember another pretty island and a happy holiday.
*Haar – a sea fog common on Scotland’s east coast, usually in Spring.
Feeling slightly sad at seeing my former favourite Sonia Rykiel top. Repurposed last year when it became too holey to wear or repair.