After our non starter with the sandblasting on Sunday, we drove to the Ile de Ré, part of the Charente Maritime. It’s a pretty island joined to the mainland by a 4km bridge. We parked up just before the bridge, cycled over and started our cycle ride round the island, which is 30km by 5km with 100km of easy cycle paths. The houses had a slight Mediterranean feel being mainly white with all green shutters and doors. Not sure if it’s law to have everything painted green, but the majority of properties were this colour. The island is varied with lovely sandy beaches, forests that reminded us of the New Forest, marinas and salt marshes. There are lovely beach front restaurants, old forts and markets to explore. We meandered our way from north to south, had a lovely leisurely lunch then made our way back to the bridge just as the rain started!! We managed to see half of the island, so our next trip will be to go from one end to the other to see the lighthouse.