An Indagare member recently returned from the Île de Ré, a small island off the west coast of France that’s been called a French version of Nantucket. Here are the impressions of this special spot.
“We LOVED the Île de Ré. We went there because we had heard many good things about it and it was one of the only places (with Nice) which was going to be good weather that week. I had also checked the Lake District, Scotland, the Italian Lakes and Portofino.
“We stayed at the Hotel de Toiras (www.hotel-de-toiras.com) in St. Martin de Ré, where they are really trying hard to please. We loved the port, the shopping and the restaurants. The first night, we ate at Le Skipper, while we spent my birthday night at La Baleine Bleue. The second night we ate at the Hotel, which is a Relais & Château, but the restaurant is very small, doesn’t overlook the port and they seemed to have a dearth of staff that night! However, we pointed this out to them and from them on, they had a plethora of staff at breakfast and dinner.
“We drove to Ile de Re, breaking up the long, ten-hour drive with a stop in Deauville. When we arrived in the evening, it was cold, misty and windy and we watched people battling the elements from the window in Le Skipper and I was full of dread. However, for the next two days the weather was perfect. Around 18 degrees, so fine for walking and sightseeing. There are bicycle paths everywhere, which would make it a great holiday spot with kids.
“The first day we walked along the coast to La Flotte, past all the oyster farms. The second day we toured, visiting the Phare de la Baleine, Ars, Le Moutray and the northern coast. It was a perfect birthday day as I love to be near water, and the beaches were deserted.”
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