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Memories of Les Sables d’Olonne

Le Clipper, restaurant gastronomique, where we celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary
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We’ve had a great time at Les Sables d’Olonne celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary, cleaning Play d’eau, exploring the town and enjoying the constant movement of trawlers.

Wedding Anniversary

We ate at Le Clipper, one of many restaurants along the Quai Garnier where Play d’eau is moored. Why Le Clipper? It’s mentioned in the Michelin Guide, it looked different, and Madame was so welcoming when I enquired about booking.

We arrived at 7pm to be met by Chef (who looked like Alastair Simm), Madame and their daughter. Lots of hand shakings and welcomes, especially when we told them it was our wedding anniversary.

Over a Kir Royale (fraise for Lin, mûre (mulberry) for me) we chose from the 37 euro menu.

After the gazpacho amuse bouche, we both had ‘Foie Gras de canard mi-cuit, chutney de poires aux épices doux’ with a large glass of Coteaux du Layon, an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for sweet white wine in the Loire Valley wine region of France, made from the Chenin Blanc grape, locally often called Pineau de la Loires. Luscious.

The Black Pearl, one of the larger trawlers
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The main course was ‘Filet de boeuf du Limousin cuit au sautoir purée de pommes de terre aux truffles blanche d’Italie’ washed down with a bottle of Chateau Grand Barrail from Lamarzelle, Figeac, St. Emilion.

After cheese and a small green salad, Lin chose the Croustillant d’ananas de Côte d’Ivoire rôti au cinq épices, crème aux saveurs des îles et glace coco’. ‘Just like the Caribbean on a plate,’ said Lin. I had ‘Crémeux de chocolat blanc et opaline de sucre à la vanille’. No wine with this course – we were full up!

Coffee, tea and a glass of Armagnac ended a great evening. Très gentil.

Trawlers and the fishing port

Quai Garnier shares port with the trawlers and fishing community. Large and small trawlers work non-stop, at all hours of the day and night. After off-loading their catches, they refill with ice and diesel from the maritime co-operative.

What a beach

One of the smallest trawlers and lobster boats, working from Les Sables d’Olonne
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Now we know why the town has the name ‘Les Sables’. Its sandy beach is simply stunning, and in the current hot weather, people made a bee-line for it.

Le sable of Les Sables.

Well, we’re off to La Rochelle early tomorrow, so until we write again, bon soir.

Piers and Lin
from the saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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The beautiful sand of the huge beach at Les Sables d’Olonne
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