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Oysters, nudist beaches, wild animals, and Salt Boy awaited us on the fun day out to...
Ile de Noirmoutier
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We arrived at the Passage du Gois, a 4.5 km stretch of submersible roadway, to find that we had to wait hours for low tide, so we stopped to have a beer instead.
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Our bingo cards dictated that we had to taste oysters, so this woman did all the hard work for us.
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They weren't as gross as I thought they would be.
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When, exactly, does the live oyster die...?
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This man sampled some after we did.
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He brought his own food.
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Cyclists from the back.
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And from the front.
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Here we are on the Passage du Gois, frustrated that we couldn't drive across to our destination.
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I tried to walk.
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The idea here is the Red Sea.
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One of the wonders of France
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Just past the Port du Bec is a wind farm.
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Nick had an unexpected adventure when he was summoned to help a fisherman pull in his huge eel from the canal.
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Here I am, holding the captured eel, which was still VERY lively.
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Shaggy donkeys are native to the island.
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Salt is a specialty of the area, and here, mounds of it can be seen drying in the sun.
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Probably the highlight of our trip - shallow, I know - was Salt Boy, whom we summoned out of his little hut at lunchtime.
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Dressed like this, we felt obliged to buy some of his salty products.
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Later, after finding another bridge onto the island, we headed to the beach, where men like this were waiting.
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On the way to the beach, Nick whacked some pinecones out of the trees.
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A sunny day at the seaside
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More totty
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Ubiquitous souvenirs
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Nick changed in the back of the car after our beach trip.
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On the way back, we were able to cross the Gois at low tide.
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Later, we stopped for this photo in Sallertaine. There's also one of us mooning the camera if you're interested...
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Nick at sunset
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And George at sunset
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Also on the way home, we found this giant duck in Challans. When it's open, you can enter its mouth and slide out its bottom!
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Finally, to end our day, we had a nice Tex Mex meal in La Roche-sur-Yon, labelled "the dullest town in France" by a 19th century travel writer. It was our first time drinking cactus juice and eating chicken wings.

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