Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Low Tide and High Winds

We're hanging out on Oleron Island, waiting for some stiff winds to blow past before making our next hop up the coast towards home.  The port of St. Denis is a great place to wait:  super fast internet, great showers, a daily open-air food market, small grocery store, nice restaurants, and the port loans bikes to visiting sailors. As an added bonus, we connected with a friend from our UNESCO days who has retired to the island. Thanks for a great evening, Christian and Marie-Claude !

Here are some photos from yesterday's bike trek around the Chassiron lighthouse.  The last time we were here, we climbed to the top of the lighthouse and sampled some local grapes, but this year we're too late in the season.  The grapes are gone and the winds were too high to make climbing to the top of the lighthouse appealing.

Antioche tower at low tide in high winds.

Chassiron Lighthouse

Hmmm...which way do the winds blow ?

Wine past its prime.

Mareda on the visitor's pontoon, St Denis.

Beach cabins closed up for the season.