Other places nearby
Welcome to Fromentine at the beach. This nice beach has everything you could wish for: terraces are nearby, ice cream is sold on the beach and the sea is clear, not very deep for a long way and you can shipwreck dive here.
The bach here is very large. Icecreamsellers are here to cool you off/down.
A terrace in the city of St Jean de Monts sur Mer
"St Jean de Monts"
Near St Jean de Monts sur mer is the lovely markettown St Jean de Monts. It's a quiet little place with a nice market in the morning.
St Nazaire is a big harbourcity. Only the harbour is nice especially when it's festival time (around august 20).
This festivale is called 'Les Escales'/ 'Jumelage' and is held with the support of Lissabon (Portugal), Liverpool(England) and Glasgow (Scotland). At St Nazaire play bands from these places at the festival, there is also a funfair and an exposition of ships, sailboats and submarines.
You can also taste some of the local snacks. There is an entry fee of 25 francs per person which is about 5 US dollars per person.
This is an overview of the harbour of St Nazaire.
Here are bands practicing and playing music at one of the stages. It wasn't very busy on this picture yet, but in the evening it got more crowded.
Some sailboats showed their stunts in the harbour. It was nice to see. They were lucky, because not only the weather was warm, there also was enough wind.
This bridge to St Nazaire was about 4 kilometers long. Since the bridge wasn't that old yet, we still had to pay some money in order to may cross it.
This is one of the shipdocks here, where new ships are build.
This is an old steamengine house that was used to close the waterdoors. Nowadays it's a museum.
On the background of this picture you can see the bridge that leads to Ile de Noirmoutier. More about this island you can find at the chapter 'Ile the Noirmoutier; in this Travellogue.
This is one of the outside doors to keep the waterout.
And this is one of the inside doors to keep the waterlevel up and to let the ships pass through.
The local snack stand. The cook was more then willing to pose for the camera.
And last but not least, the city hall of St Nazaire.
"Ile de Noirmoutier"
Ile de Noirmoutier is a lovely island. It has a nice centre, a fine castle and good terraces. There also are an abbey and a market.
On the picture is the city hall of Ile de Noirmoutier.
This is the abbey of Ile de Noirmoutier. It's very near the castle of this island.
Welcome to the castle of Ile de Noirmoutier. From here you can see the abbey, have a lovely view on the city and here you can take a look inside the castle.
My brother and I at one of the canons of this castle.
This is the view from the castle over a part of the island.
Relaxing at a terrace...
Here you can get an idea of the size of the beach. The beach is rather small, but it's stretched out a long way.
"Notre Dame de Monts"
Another lovely place at the beach. In the evening there is a lot of live music here which is very nice!
The sea is so clear here that sealettuce grows here. Sometimes it washes up on the beach like you can see on the picture.
The village of Sallertaine is very small, but also very old. It has two churches, an old one (13th / 12th century) and a new one. In the old church usually are expositions.
You can also take a look at the artcentre here and buy a painting. They are not expensive. Next to the art centre is a wine cellar where you can taste wine.
This is the old church of Sallertaine.
My brother and I at the exposition in the old church. Here were old ways of living shown.
This is the new church of Sallertaine.
The art centre and the winetasting cellar...
You can also have an execellent walk around sallertaine and see some of the countryside. Afterwards it's always nice to enjoy something refreshing at a terrace.
This is a very old picture of me. This was when I was here at 1993. I was 15 years old at that time.
"Les Sables d'Olonne"
Les Sables d'Olonne is a big city at the beach. It's has a beautiful historic centre and lovely gardens.
On the picture: the boulevard of les Sables d'Olonne.
My brother René at the boulevard of les Sables d'Olonne.
Posing at one of the palms at the boulevard.
My mother at one of the palms.
My brother and mother at one of the gardens of les Sables d'Olonne.
Here am I sitting at one of the statues at the garden.
"Campings : Verdelot"
We made one stop before getting in Nantes. This overnight stop was at Verdelot, near Paris. Campground Verdelot (Caravanning Freme de la Fee) is very peaceful and only 45 minutes away from Euro Disney (for pictures of this parc see my Paris page travellogue). The camping has all shower and toiletfacilities, a lake is nearby, there are two tenniscourts and horsebackriding can be done nearby (12 kilometers from the camping).
The camping is at Verdelot, near Paris. Leave the Autoroute A4 (Paris-Metz) at the turn to Changis sur Marne, Ussy sur Marnee. Turn right and take the N3 to La Ferté s/s Jouarre. Go through La Ferté and follow the D407/D933 in the direction of Montmirail. At Veils-Maisons turn right, the D15/D6 and follow these until you reach Verdelot. Keep following the D6 until just outside the village Verdelot and follow the campground signs 'Camping Ferme de la Fée.
Price: 100 guilders / 50 US dollars per night for a hired tent in high season.
My brother René at the campground of Verdelot. Verdelot is very near Paris, Eurodisney Paris and Versailles. About it all you can find information and pictures at my Paris page.
At the Verdelot campground were some horses in the forest behind our tent. We discovered them when we heard snorting from the back of the tent. It were the horses who smelled our veggetables cooking.
Parc Asterix was very near the campground Verdelot. It's a very nice amusementparc to go to with the children.
"St Gilles Croix de Vie"
St Gilles is a lovely place at the beach. You will sure enjoy your stay here. There is architecture to be seen here as well as the beach and you can shop until you drop here!
"Campings : Notre Dame"
Lodging Recommendation: This is the campground at Notredame, a small place near Nantes. You can hire a tent here or park your own tent or caravan. For hiring tents with beds, small kitchenette and some outside furniture try organizations like Canvas, Eurocamp or Camp Solleil.
Location: Notredame. From Challans take the D753 in the direction of St. Jean de Monts. At the entrance of Le Perrier go right at the traffic lights and go here left out of town at the D82. After 7 kilometers there is another trafficlight at the side of Notre Dame de Monts. Here go to the right at the D38 after 2 kilometers the way turns to the right. There is a turn left here, take at and follow the capming 'Le Bois Soret' signs. The campground will be 100 meters further on your left hand. Coming from the north? Take the D38 from La Barre de Monts to St. Jean the Monts, go right at the left turning road just 3 kilometers of the south of La Barre de Monts. The campground then will be at your left hand.
Unique Qualities: There is a: reception, shop, take away food shop, restaurant, telephone, loundry, swimming pool, minigolf, playground and an activity organizer.
More Info: Water and electricty are available. Comparative Price: $$$
Average Price: 100 guilders= 350 francs = 60 dollars per night in high season (when you hire at tent, it's cheaper when you bring your own tent or caravan).
On the picture: The reception building and shop at the campground near Notre Dame de Monts.
My brother René here at age 10 and me at age 15 posing in front of the camera at the campground.
This is camp courier Eric. He welcomed and helped everyone who hired a tent with the Canvas organization. At his tent you also could get information about things to do in the area.
My mother enjoying the sun, a book and a cup of tea.
This is my brother René playing softball tennis in front of our hired tent.
Some of our English campingneighbours washing up at one of the small sinks. Real washing facilities where in the shower building.
This is Philo, the young kitty of one of the French campingguests. Philo loved playing and climbing in our hangmat.
Philo here is kidnapping my slipper to play with it.
Near the camping of Notre Dame you can go horsebackriding on the beach. I got a very wild horse I can recall. I changed mine with the one of the groupleader and that was a lot better. The groupleader had so much trouble with the wild horse I first had, that he had to walk for a while with it, to calm the horse down.
Thank you for visiting my travellogue. I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful.
Sitting at the fountain with my mother.
This is the church of St Gilles. Lovely isn't it?
After taking a look at this town, we all relaxed at this terrace.
"St Jean de Monts sur Mer"
Beach beach! Yes it's all there at St Jean the Monts. It's the ultimate place for enjoying the ebach and shopping. You can also find some very good restaurants here.