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Ile de Ré on TV again

French television has been coming live from the Ile de Ré ahead of the peak holiday season.

I didn’t manage to see it all of “Midi en France” but one show featured a trip round St Martin de Ré complete with the view from the church tower. I think I can even make out the back of our house which is a 5 minute walk from the port.

If it wets your appetite for a last minute summer booking we still have some availability. To see when, check the calendar here…

http://reagence.fr/location,vacances,iledere,st-martin-de-re,maison-de-pays/0312.html

For people wanting to come by plane or train, the good news is that this summer there are two buses an hour to St Martin from La Rochelle. Some even stop at the airport.

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La Fête du Coquillage

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You know when summer is drawing to a close on the Ile de Ré when the signs go up for La Fête du Coquillage.  Basically it’s an excuse for a party organised by the users of the Saint Martin de Ré harbour.

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Vast amounts of fresh seafood will be cooked and eaten on the harbourside; huîtres, moules-frites and vannets.  All washed down with plenty of Ile de Ré wine.  Musically expect sea shantys, accordians and live jazz.  It starts in the late afternoon golden sun but after dark there will be dancing under the stars.

We’ve been before and will be going this Saturday.  It looked like this before…

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Of course if you want to be there next year you could always check out our house in St Martin.

http://www.reagence.fr/st-martin-de-re/maison-de-pays/interieur-village/0312.html

Perfect poisson

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If Jemapa ( see the When the Boat comes in entry ) can’t provide the fish you need, then surely the Bordin family can come up with goods.

From Bar to Rouget. Not forgetting Moules, Crevettes and even Anchois, they have it all.  If you can’t make your mind up you can always snap up one of their big jars of fish soup.

But what makes their stall in the St Martin de Re market stand out is the way all the fish is displayed.  It looks so fresh, you want to buy something.  Image

The best time to see the show and it is a show, even if it’s your taste buds that will enjoy it most, is first thing in the morning, when the market has just opened.

Sometimes you’ll think how can they sell this much fish? But come back close to 1pm and often the choice is limited.  It is simply the finest fresh fish.

And if you need a house to cook it in.  Just click here…

http://reagence.fr/st-martin-de-re/maison-de-pays/interieur-village/0312.html

When the boat comes in

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One of the many delights of the island is the fish.  In restaurants keep your eyes open for poissons from petit bateau.  The fish that comes in on the small boats.  Probably the best known small boat on the island is Jemapa, the last surviving working fishing boat in La Flotte.

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The catch is unloaded on the quay just in front of the Tourist Office.

You can buy the fish direct every Monday to Saturday morning 10.30 – 12.30 from the family house at 63 Route De St Martin, La Flotte.

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Hungry for more?  The check the availability of our lovely house in St Martin right now.  It sleeps up to 8 but is also ideal for just a couple or two couples wanting to share a week on one of France’s loveliest islands.

http://www.reagence.fr/st-martin-de-re/maison-de-pays/interieur-village/0312.html

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Fancy a holiday on this wonderful island with easy access to both planes and trains at La Rochelle?

Click on the photo to find out how you can rent our home in St Martin de Re.

It’s just 3 hours from Paris on the TGV.

From the UK there are direct flights from Gatwick, Stanstead, Southampton, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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