Am Strand in Les HuttesJuly 7 in France
Schönster Strand ever.
Schönster Strand ever.
OK so from St Martin de re we headed south east to La Flotte, still on Ile de Re, where we anchored up for the night. We had hoped to row ashore but was a bit blowy for that. We did have a bit of drama though as we decided to attached a bouy to the anchor as a 'trip' but hadn't allowed for the strength of tide which saw the bouy disappear. So at low tide we rowed to it and attached another rope but 5mins later when we looked the bouy was rapidly disappearing on the wind, my knot had come undone and bouy and long rope were floating off. John set off in pursuit and caught it.
Next day we headed to Ile d'Oleron via For Boyard and anchored just North of Boyardville. It was bottom of the neap with 1.8m of tidal movement! We stripped down and greased 2 of the winches and had a swim or 2. The wind had dropped during the day and we had a quiet night, next morning was gloomy so we rowed ashore to have a look round Boyardville the bit we saw, which I suppose wasn't much, wasn't very pretty. In the afternoon there was bit more wind but not much and some random swell and the boat start making whale noises? Can't figure out why. We did some swimming and John did his good samaritan bit and rowed out to 2 paddle boarders who were making no progress to shore and had been trying for about 20mins we think their safety cover was chatting on beach. The second night was noiser than first as more windy and our 'whale' wouldn't go away. This morning, Friday it was raining and after checking batteries we headed to the North of the island and St Denis d'Oleron where we are now comfortably moored listening to the wind. Should be here 3nights, planning on a longish cycle tomorrow as not been here before so should go see some more sights. Attached church and beach huts from St Denis d'Oleron and Fort BoyardRead more
Yesterday we rode the North part of the island, we headed to the lighthouse Phare de Chassiron for a gawp before having some of the nicest coffee we have tasted here in France at cafe Vue de La Mer. Then we rode down part of west coast, on cycle track some of the way. (Only some of the way because as anyone who has tried to follow a French cycle route will probably be able to tell you occasionally the signs just stop). We stopped a few times to pick blackberries they were delicious. We passed through Les Huttes, Chaucre, and Domino before crossing the island to the east coast via Cheray and St George d'Oleron to the Port of Le Douhet for a galette John was on his last legs. Then back North passing through Les Boulassiers and La Brie les Bains to get back.
As I got bored later I baked fruit cake and bread rolls.
Today we took containers and although we again failed to follow the cycle route we have lots of lovely blackberries.Read more
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