Out & About – Ile de Re, Coulon and les Sables d’Olonne

The weather has improved dramatically with blue skies and temperatures in the 20s.  We’ve had three lovely days of gadding about.

On Sunday we had a nice drive through the countryside and across the bridge to Ile de Re where Derek and John cycled while Ann and I strolled around the chic shops surrounding the basin and had coffee in the sunshine.  We met up for a late lunch at about 3pm and then walked back along the shore before a rather slow drive home on a busy (for France) traffic day!

On Monday we had a morning at home catching up with cooking, websites and other online stuff and then got the sun loungers out.  The three cyclists went for a casual ride near L’Hermenault and then after lunch we drove to Coulon for more strolling – this time along the canal gazing at the chocolate box houses, having drinks in the cafe and stopping off at Intermarche at Benet.  We had supper outside on the patio – Ann’s guacamole and Spanish chicken – delicious.  The smell of lovely food meant several visits from cats and dogs.

On Tuesday, Derek got up early to prepare bouillabaisse for tonight’s supper and then he and John set off at 9.30 for a two hour ride.  After some scrambled eggs for brunch, we headed off for Les Sables d’Olonne.  A pleasant afternoon strolling along the beach, sitting in the cafe and browsing around the town – called into the supermarket and boulangerie in St Hermine on the way back and then home for Derek’s evening menu.  We finished the day with a walk around the village to ease our full tummies.

So – cycling, strolling about and lots of eating – sorry, readers, we are simple souls.  We have got lots of good photos this week though – Ann’s new camera is brilliant.