It’s that time of year. People are clearing out their homes ready for another summer. On the island it means more and more open air sales. One of the biggest is in St Martin de Ré on May 29th. The annual Brocante Vide-Grenier de Printemps is on the Place de la République. Our house http://reagence.fr/location,vacances,iledere,st-martin-de-re,maison-de-pays/0312.html contains plenty bought on the square.
These pictures are of another Brocante. One that happens regularly on the harbour at Ars en Ré. We bought a couple of benches here. But we could have created a bit of fake family history. Fancy a few old relatives on your walls? This set would do the job.
Even if you come away empty handed it is always worth a visit. A chance to see how people lived. What people cared about. Occasionally I think how did that get here?
You can see the Ile de Ré on television this week. The global French channel TV5 Monde is repeating a programme that has already aired in France. Thalassa is a regular show on France 3. This edition “La Rochelle, vivre l’Atlantique” celebrates La Rochelle and its nearby islands, focussing on how people live and work by or on the sea. In the UK you can see it Tuesday May 20th at 22.56. Part of the programme is up on YouTube showing some lovely blue skies and sunny beaches.
At low tide so many of the Ile de Ré beaches turn into long wide stretches of sand and if you have arrived on your bike you might as well make the best use of it. This picture was taken between Ars and La Courade a short cycle through the vineyards and along the coast from our house in St Martin de Ré.
The key to a successful beach bike session is finding the right spot on the sand. Somewhere the ground is not so wet that your wheels get stuck and you come to an abrupt halt. The sand also cannot be too dry as again you will soon be going nowhere. Often the best thing to do is to cycle along just where the sea is lapping the sand.
Even if you do get stuck in the sand it is still a great way to see another side of the island. Yet another reason why bicycles are so much a part of the Ile de Ré.
See what happened when we brought a tree home by bike here…
And with or without bikes you can rent out house in St Martin de Ré here….