Monthly Archives: October 2014

Vintage rides on the Ile de Ré

Morris sur l'ilot St Martin de Ré

We first travelled to the Ile de after seeing a newspaper article claiming the beaches were a bit like Cornwall in the 1950’s.   It’s certainly a great place to take a vintage car for a spin.


We came across these Renaults as we were cycling back along the coast from La Flotte.  They were parked on the grass behind the St Martin de beach, la plage de la Cible.


They are 1940’s and 50’s Renault 4CV’s.  I was particularly impressed by the single wheeler luggage carrier stuck on the back of one of them.


It was also great to see the little touches of French style…


This one had gained a registration plate showing the year it was built…


Another had the classic French yellow headlamps…


I assume Inspector Maigret might have travelled in one of these…


With the uniformed officers following in this…


I don’t know what the VW Beetle was doing among all the French cars but I do know that the Morris Minor had made it safely all the way from London.

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Stretching Summer on the Ile de Ré

139 Sunday afternoon on the Ile de Ré.  It looks lovely.  Even better is that it is a Sunday in late September.  A Sunday so warm you can go swimming in the sea at 6pm.  It hit 28 celsius the afternoon these pictures were taken. 154We had friends over from London.  They got a breakfast time Ryanair flight from Stanstead and were at our house in St Martin de Ré before 11am.  A quick walk to the bike rental shop and we were off to a brocante in La Flotte.140We found a Le Creuset baking dish for 50 cents and then stopped for moules frites and a glass of rose in the sunshine.  Next stop the beach. Despite the sun it was far from packed.165Imagine the delight of our friends.  Just a few hours after leaving London they were lying on the sand topping up their tans.  September on the Ile de Ré is like this most years.  Days of temperatures around 28 celsius and of course the kids are back at school.  Ideal for a quiet sunshine break at low season rates. 164To find out more about renting our holiday home on the Ile de Ré click here…,vacances,iledere,st-martin-de-re,maison-de-pays/0312.html