Île de Ré
In the early morning, when the island is still asleep, it shows a different face. Little color and special atmosphere that gives the impression of being alone in the world. The moment is soothing, the black clouds are gradually fading, it’s gone for the photos!
Being in Ré in May, before the big tourist tides, is to live an authentic experience, to adopt the art of living while in the discretion of the inhabitants, to slow down the pace, to enjoy the mild climate, to discover the charm of the streets and see the first flowers blossom.
Listed as a UNESCO heritage site for its military fortifications inherited from Vauban, Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a privileged place for visitors to the island. Martinais and Martinaises contemplate the parade of onlookers in the alleys leading to the port. The mild weather sometimes gives way to passing downpours that betray the researchers of continental sun. This situation creates a paradoxical spectacle where local traders display, not without mischief, swimsuits and towels to visitors armed with umbrellas.
The bad weather is only temporary on the island because the sun always reappears. At this moment, all the beauty of the place is magnified: the sky takes its most beautiful blue color, the smell of salt and the sound of the waves of the ocean polarize locals and tourists, the sand takes again its ocher hue.