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Bikes, Beaches and Brocantes on Ile de Ré

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What do you want from your holidays? Some say lie on a beach in the sunshine and relax. Others want to walk the streets of new cities.  Maybe you would rather enjoy the coolness of art galleries and museums.  I quite like the bike, beach and brocante option available many weekends on the Ile de Ré.

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This was the scene in La Flotte a few Sundays ago.  The regular Brocante is just a few minutes cycle ride from our house in St Martin de Ré.  We have been quite lucky at the La Flotte broc. Quite a few things in our house were bought there.  Though not these monks…

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May is a busy month for brocantes on the island.  Ascension Day is always marked with a huge market on the Place de la Republique in St Martin. You can read about it here.

Most villages organise regular brocs but some weekends can be tough. Too many to choose from.  Do you peddle to Rivedoux Plage for the broc there and then go up the island to Ars en Ré or Les Portes for another? Or maybe just do one and take it easy on the beach…

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Whatever you choose, have a look at our house in St Martin de Ré.  We still have some availability this summer and don’t forget the island is lovely in September.  Everything is open, it should still be sunny and warm, it just it won’t be as busy.

 

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Valentines on the Ile de Ré

I first published this last year but given it’s Valentines we want to give more love to the Ile de Ré.  For many February 14th means it has to be oysters.  There are plenty of them to be had at the moment on the island.   I clocked these with their special Saint Valentin box in La Flotte.

Our half hour Sunday morning walk from our house in St Martin de Ré to La Flotte certainly left us feeling peckish and there was plenty to choose from in the market.  The big bonus no peak season crowds.

It’s not just about seafood.  It’s amazing what they can do with pork.  Great lumps of it.

I always find Sunday mornings in La Flotte market a bit of a treat and this time despite it being winter, the sun was shining.

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After a coffee while watching the world go by down by the harbour, we walked back to St Martin, taking the coast route.  A chance to see the migratory birds that have arrived and to just listen to the sea.

If you would like to enjoy a Sunday morning like this have a look at our Ile de Ré holiday home. Remember, the Easter holidays are sooner than you think. You can book it here.

A new cycle route on the Ile de Ré

Anyone I know who likes cycling seems to have heard of the Ile de .  There is an obvious reason for that. Many see it as a paradise for cyclists.  A relatively flat island coupled with miles of segregated cycle paths.  Now the network has got a little longer.

For the past few years they have been wanting to connect the villages of La Flotte and La Noue.  Until now the direct way was on a rather bumpy and busy road.  The existing cycle route connected the two villages but only if you went the long way round via Sainte Marie de .  It always seemed a bit of an effort from our house in St Martin de Ré.

I can’t say the new link is the prettiest one on the island.  However, it is a big improvement on the road. La Noue is always worth a visit. There are some very pretty old houses plus a market on the Place des Tilleuls.

As I write this, our agency will only let you book for the rest of 2016 online.  However, if you call them, you can reserve the house for 2017.  More details here.

Brocantes are back on the Ile de Ré

It was a beautiful sunny day on the Ile de for the the first big holiday weekend of bargain hunting at the island’s various brocantes.  Even before nine in the morning buyers and sellers were busy just down the road from our house in St Martin de Ré .  My eyes were drawn to a bit of Josephine Baker hair care.

If Bakerfix wasn’t quite what you were after you’d still find it hard to go home empty handed.   There were so many stalls full of history.

We couldn’t stay too long though as the annual Ascension Day brocante in St Martin de Ré had been joined this year by a rival Broc in Rivedoux Plage.

This was a much smaller affair but you could at least look out to sea while browsing. That’s the bridge connecting the Ile de Ré to the mainland at La Rochelle inside the fish.

Two brocantes in one day, not bad but there was more to come.  Three in fact in the next two days.  First up La Noue.

In Sainte Marie-La Noue the brocante stretched along one of the main roads of the village.   While at the other end of the island another road was blocked off for the broc in St Clément.

That chicken wasn’t going cheap but the next day in Ars there were plenty of bargains. Someone was clearly thinking summer…

Five brocantes in three days and there are plenty more to come.  The island tourist offices have all the details.  Our favourite is probably in the next village to us, La Flotte.  The next one there is on June 12th.

Valentines on the Ile de Ré

If it’s Valentines then surely it has to be oysters.  There are plenty of them to be had at the moment on the Ile de Ré.  I clocked these with their special Saint Valentin box in La Flotte.

Our half hour Sunday morning walk from our house in St Martin de Ré to La Flotte certainly left us feeling peckish and there was plenty to choose from in the market.  The big bonus no peak season crowds.

It’s not just about seafood.  It’s amazing what they can do with pork.  Great lumps of it.

I always find Sunday mornings in La Flotte market a bit of a treat and this time despite it being winter, the sun was shining.

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After a coffee while watching the world go by down by the harbour, we walked back to St Martin, taking the coast route.  A chance to see the migratory birds that have arrived and to just listen to the sea.

If you would like to enjoy a Sunday morning like this have a look at our Ile de Ré holiday home.  You can book it here.

Island dreaming 2016 on the Ile de Ré

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A new year on the Ile de Ré and the time many islanders let us know their hopes for the months ahead.  Each village has its own Cérémonie de vœux.  I was thinking what would I be wishing for and realised it is all those things that make the island such a wonderful place. The reasons I think the Ile de Ré is a perfect holiday destination.

Lets begin with breakfast.  A lovely baguette de tradition française bought from the local market or at the boulangerie on St Martin de Ré harbour…

After breakfast we are usually straight out on the bikes.  The Ile de Ré is a dream for cyclists. There are around about 100 kilometres of cycle paths, many going straight through the vineyards and salt marshes.  Oh and if you hate hills, don’t worry.  The highest point on the island is a mere 19 metres above sea level.

While out on your cycle you also get to meet the local wildlife.  The salt marshes are home to thousands of birds but the Ile de Ré is also famous for its donkeys…

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You can always cycle to one of the villages where it is market day.  This is La Flotte and this man only sells island produce.  It can look so fresh, you will want to go home and cook with it.

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Must be time for lunch.  Seafood by the sea I think…

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It really was by the sea, I was just concentrating on the food at the time.  But if it is waves you are after, there are plenty of them.  This is one of the beaches at Bois Plage…

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Then all I would dream for is a bit of people watching down on St Martin de Ré harbour. Possibly from the terrace at Au Lever Du Soleil.  Then it would have to be dinner at our favourite restaurant, Bistrot Marin…

And at the end of the day, a great sunset…

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If that is the kind of day you dream of, have a look at our holiday home here and book a stay now.

This year there are even more flights to La Rochelle airport which is a 20 minute drive from our house.  TGV’s to La Rochelle station connect with the island bus.

 

 

 

Cooking on the Ile de Ré

We watched this on TV last night.  If you’ve never heard of Les carnets de Julie, basically Julie drives around France in her vintage red car looking for the best in food. You can see her on France 3.

The episode shows you much of what is good about the Ile de Ré.  The coast, the salt marshes, cycling and of course the food. Bon appétit!

If this gets your tastebuds going and you’re thing Holiday 2016 then click here to find out more about our house in St Martin de Ré.