Sun 25 Aug 2013
While my friend was visiting us here at the beach we took a day to show her the beautiful island of Ile de Re. I was reading a bit about it and found that it is so visited by Parisians in the summer that its nickname is “The 21st Arrondissement of Paris”-Paris has 20 arrondissements. Get it? It’s packed with vacationers riding bikes either along side the roads or on the many bike paths provided, there are fabulous beaches, and some delightful villages.
I saw this huge round of butter in a window. It has fleur de sel (salt) in it which is one of the local products around here and there is nothing better than spreading it on a slice of bread and taking a bite and feeling that crunch of the salt crystals as you eat and it tastes fabulous too.
Potatoes grown on Ile de Re for sale. They are AOC protected, just like wine and bread in France. They are said to have a slight taste of hazelnuts but, to tell you the truth, they taste like ordinary potatoes to me but I should give them another try next chance I get.