To make up for the terrible weather we're having at the moment, I thought I'd whisk you away to the South of France, and in particular Ile de Ré just a short car ride over the bridge from La Rochelle.
To say this island is stunning is truly an understatement. Visually and spiritually this place is unlike anywhere I've ever been in my life. The way of life here is true bliss, every day feels like a hot lazy Sunday afternoon. If you ever wanted somewhere to go to just get away from the rat race for awhile and live a slower pace of life, Ile de Rey would top my list.
We arrived by car over the large bridge that separates the island from mainland France and parked up in a large shaded carpark off the main street of Le Bois Plage-En-Ré. I'd originally read about the island years and years ago in Stephen Clarke's A Year In The Merde (which I'd highly recommend getting a copy of) but only had a vague visualisation in my head of what it would be like. In it Stephen gets a bike and heads out to live on a rural farm, we didn't go quite that far, but bike seemed like the best way to get around the island. We headed into town and rented ourselves two deux vélos and headed out. The fact that the entire island is flat helps a lot, especially when most times that you stop in a small village you can't help but have a glass of red wine and soak up the sun. Enjoy the images.