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Ile de Ré


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The "Marais Poitevin"

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Island of Ré

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To do


Boat trips





The market


Drives through the vineyards

Drives through the marshes

Drives through the forest


To know

The Romanesque Art


The Citadel of Brouage

The Citadel of Blaye

The lighthouses

The forest of La Coubre

The marshes

The "Marais Poitevin"

The carrelets

The ostreiculture

Vine and wines

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Sea food

"Terroir" products

The restaurants

Island of Re

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Island of Ré







le bac "Gustave Perreau" en 1950

Since the opening of the bridge in 1988, Ré isn't really an island any more. The bridge marked the end of the ferries which crossed between La Pallice and Sablanceaux.

These ferries, put into service after the second world war, had replaced steamers. The first steamer connected the island to La Rochelle in 1834.

The postcard in the title, dated 1977, shows the ferry "Gabriel Chobelet"

The postcard opposite, from the 1950's, shows the ferry "Gustave Perreau".

These ferries no longer met the demands made by the increased number of holiday-makers in the 1980's or the needs of the inhabitants and the local economy.

The bridge simplified the life of the permanent residents and second home owners . It allowed a larger number of visitors, even if only visiting for a few hours, to enjoy the incomparable charm of the island.

The island of Ré is fashionable. The nostalgia of the ferries is over.

Two postcards of the lighthouse, Phare des Baleines, one dated 1918 and one dated 1950.

The Phare des Baleines defies time.


Postcard dated 1950, Les Portes-en-Ré, centre of the village towards the church.

Salt made the wealth of the island in the 17th century.

In the 19th century, the competition of salt coming from the south of France ruined this industry.

This postcard of 1964 shows that salt was still present at that time and today, the new generation has relaunched the collection of the salt.


The island today

le phare des Baleines en 1918 le phare des Baleines en 1950
le village des Portes en 1950
marais salant en 1964

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