Île de Ré / La Rochelle

Straight ahead: Le pont Île de Ré connecting the island with the continental France.
The salt marches where the famous salt is harvested.
Surprisingly, there are lots of vineyards on the island. It’s not just the potatoes!
The disappearing locks of Ile de Re. Of the 140 at the beginning of the 20 century, there are only about 12 left.
The old way of fishing, by catching fish in the locks during the low tide, is completely gone now.
Building and maintaining the locks requires thousands of man-hours. The rocks are not cemented in any way so unless constantly repaired the walls disappear into the ocean.
One last look before heading back to St Martin de Re
Salt for sale, self-service.
The low tide at Couarde-sur-Mer. The entire island is as flat as a pancake.
Getting on the 3-mile bridge to La Rochelle. It’s surprisingly easy to cross over. However, navigating in La Rochelle is not so.  To get to the old town you must bike through the vast commercial area.
Finally, Cafe-au-lait in La Richelle
Pam sketches the Vieux Port as the beggar pigeon pesters me.
The campsite at St Martin de Re is located inside the massive Vauban fortress.
The old port, La Rochelle
The famous Île de Re potatoes are grown here.
The farmers leave a lot of them on the ground. Gleaning  is easy.
The ride to the western point of Île de Ré. Salt marshes and bird sanctuaries in the wetlands.
Ars-en-Re. A stop to take a look at its remarcable church.
Ars-en-Re. The spire is slightly leaning due to a lightning strike in 1836. The black and white design distinguishes it from miles away.

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