|Vauban - the Taylor Wimpey of 17th century fortifications|
|More cute - furry donkeys, we wondered if they had struck up an intimate friendship with the local alcpacas we spotted...|
|sun dappled Marie - Vive La Republique!|
These days the town is a swanky yachting harbour. The other Ile-de-Ré villages may be cute, but St Martin notches its pretentions up a tad; with its St Tropez style harbour-front the place definitely has aspirations towards being chic. A great place for watching the world go by as you wile away half an hour or so at one of the quayside café.
|View from the table|
|checking the shot|
|Gill's a bit of a lighthouse afficianado.|
Oyster beds run along the northern, bay-side coast. The southern, Atlantic side has great beaches, lots of campsites and bungalow developments as well as empty stretches of saline ponds. A path led from the campsite to a long beach. It had a great view of the Ile de Normoutier to the south, and each evening a small gaggle of us gathered to watch the sunset.
|Waiting for sunset|
|time to admire the colouful seaweed - small delights.|
|there it goes!|
|time to take a photo of people taking photos.|
|Gill, vines, bike track...|
|They were rarely this uncrowded,|