6/30/2011

Ile de Ré: Re-visited

It is always fun to discover new places during your travels, but it is also great to return to the ones you have learned to love. Certainly for us, Ile de Re is one of those places. Last year, we wanted to drive along the Normandie coast and see new places. We visited Mont St. Michel and stopped at a few other coastal towns. Later, we decided to stop in Ile de Re and we ended up finding a great room in St. Martin. This is Martin's first visit to Europe and we knew he'd enjoy it here since we had told him about it, and had sent him photos from our visit the previous year.
 
Isle de Re is a very small island and you can get to it via bridge. It is only 30 kilometers long and  5 kilometers wide. For more information, visit their official web site.click here Ile de Ré We were pleased to see that their web site, borrowed from our blog one of the photos that we took and posted last year. This petite island is known for its holly hocks, which grow all along streets and alleys and seem to sprout out of nowhere. It is also known for its oyster farms and of course, its beaches and other beautiful sights. It's a very bike-friendly island and everywhere you look there are folks enjoying the day riding their bikes. 

We felt very lucky that we were able to get a room at click here La Jetée, which is a small but beautiful hotel right in front of the harbor. The rooms are airy and
pleasantly decorated and there is a fabulous court yard in the middle of it. Perhaps because we were there just before their high season, but we found the rates reasonable considering the location. The views of the port from our window alone are worth the price.
 

Look at  the elegant simplicity of the houses with their traditional French shutters.


We walked around St. Martin, but also made time to visit a few beaches and other parts of the island.  And even though we did not come here to shop, but to enjoy, we actually ended up finding a few items to add to our collection. (will post about our finds and share photos in our next posting) Martin was ecstatic to find out that he has his own pub in the Island.


Here's to you in gratitude for following our trek and our blog

Team Atelier

Next posting: "Treasures Found Along the Way..."

21 comments:

Room Seventeen said...

Hollyhocks, shutters, sandy beaches and the sea, Ile de Ré is a very friendly island. We spent several holidays there.
Hope you guys have a great time there!

Amber said...

I love reading your blog! It's like traveling to beautiful places without the LONG plane ride!
xo, Amber

under spanish moss said...

Okay, you guys look like your having too much fun. Lol! Is there such a thing as too much fun? What a beautiful place. Safe travels! Can't wait to see more of your adventures.

Splendid Sass said...

Lots of fun being had.
Love the shutters!
Teresa
xoxo

creekside rummager said...

Absolutely charming! What a way to spend your summer.

Ido said...

C'est la vie guys! can't wait for the finds pictures!
XXX Ido

kathee said...

Aww so beautiful and peaceful! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to see you finds!!!!!!
safe travels guys...xokathee

Ivy and Elephants said...

The pictures are so gorgeous. Thank you for taking us with you! Be wll my friends.

Paula

De tout, de rien said...

Your pictures are lovely! I feel like I'm travelling right along with you, which is nice, as I don't get to travel much. Thank you!

LaPouyette said...

Lovely tour! I'm following your trek through-out.

Love the last image! Looks like you're all happy and content after a good 'hunting-day'!

Bonne chance for more.....

Greetings from the Périgord, Southwest France,
Karin

Boho Farm and Home said...

Oh my goodness...Love those shutters!
It is all so beautiful. What a trip!
xo
Caroline

blossoms vintage chic said...

Amazingly beautiful...the beaches and those wonderful hollyhocks!!
Thank you for taking us along on such a wonderful journey! Can't wait to see all the treasures and so happy to see the Team Atelier taking a break at the pub...LOL!!
Safe travels to all!
xo
Debbie

Acquired Objects said...

This place is so beautiful and I love the Hollyhocks. What a wonderful gift you can give to another, including us, this tranquil bit of an island. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.

Hugs to all of you!
Debra

flowers on my table said...

Oh I really like the look of Ile de Re, your Hotel looks lovely too. Love Linda x

Ido said...

Hello guys,
I would love a post card from France, couldn't find your e-mail on your blog.
XXX Ido

lvroftiques said...

Did Martin LOVE it?!! Because I certainly did! You're so good at this sharing thing Trinidad that they ought to be paying YOU to stay there Lol!! Beautiful place and beautiful faces! *winks* Vanna

La Dolfina said...

You guys look fabulous!!
Trinidad...SMILE!!!
So fabulous you three in Europe doing what you do best...
xo

desde my ventana said...

Algún día iré a ese maravilloso lugar!! es uno de mis viajes más deseados en este momento. Gracias por compartir tantas experiencias maravillosas con nosotros... y gracias también por tus palabras, no sé muy bien a qué te refieres con "mi estilo"...pero te lo agradezco enormemente-

Un abrazo muy fuerte desde tan lejos y feliz fin de semana para vosotros.

Cecilia

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