IMG 1157We sadly take our leave of the very excellent Le Hotel Galeon and their friendly staff. This was one of the best hotels of the trip.

A drive around the island and a walk up the very scary lighthouse Phare des Baleine followed by a lunch of mussels. There are a lot of people cycling and visiting the Ile de Re and we assume that this will only get worse and become intolerable over the next few weeks. A place to visit in the off season only?

From there E LeClerk has a selection of very cheap suitcases one of which is necessary to repatriate Mary and her gear to the UK on Monday. The talk amongst the Brits is all about the Brexit and the recession that they expect will follow.

Finally Google guide us to the hotel St Nicholas in La Rochelle. It's an amazing tangle of tiny streets and just as well we booked a car park as there is absolutely nowhere to park. The centre is a substantially pedestrian zone.

A swift excursion to the quay and surrounding streets shows us that the place is flooded with people, presumably a sunny Saturday has brought them out? TripAdvisor provides us with a recommendation for Le P'tit Nicolas for dinner and we head back to the hotel to clean up before dinner.