St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Monday 31st October 2011


We’ve spent another day on the coast on this charming little town on the Côte de Lumière.  It was a bit of a windy road getting here and it took longer than we thought, but it’s certainly worth it.

view of St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie from lighthouse

We left La Tranche sur Mer in thick fog again this morning, but like yesterday, it cleared by mid morning.  We stopped at Super U for supplies at Talmont-St-Hilaire on the D949 after mistakenly taking the D105A/D21, which was far too slow and with too many roundabouts and traffic lights.  After that it was much easier bypassing Les Sables D’Olonne on the D949 and joining the D32 on the norht of the town and D38 to St Gilles.

We found the aire near the parking for the crossings to L’Île D’Yeu, which only cost 5E a night and is within easy reach of the town centre.  We had lunch and walked Bramble around lake nearby and then we strolled gently into town and enjoyed the views from the marine with its old fishing boats and modern yatchts.  We took plenty of pictures and had a beer facing the western sun, which was very pleasant.  For a change, I had a cherry beer (Kriek), which was deliciously refreshing after our sightseeing.

St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in the setting sun

Colourful displays at St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

It’s getting dark now, so we’re getting ready for the evening.  I’ll be cooking spaghetti Carbonara for something tasty, filling and quick to prepare.

We had a lovely meal last night at ‘Le Petit Bonheur’: we enjoyed mussels a la Marinière to share as a starter and for main course I had salmon in a lemon sauce served with king prawns and a little rice and Adon had a bavette (beef steak) with chips and we both loved our choices.

Not sure I can compete with that tonight!

St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie marina

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