April 19th 2018
We decided to have a day off from chores and grass mowing and head out for the day instead.
We headed west towards the coast and made our way to Cap Ferret which is in the Gironde and is on the end of a long peninsular which separates the Atlantic from the Bay of Arcachon. We had been to Arcachon before which is a pleasant town on the opposite side of the bay from Cap Ferret but it was our first visit to the peninsular, as you travel along you drive through small pretty towns that string along the coastline.
Cap Ferret is famous for its oysters it has sandy beaches and isn’t commercialised, there are a few pleasant shops and restaurants. Unfortunately like many areas of France dogs aren’t allowed on the main beaches here, so we had to walk out of town a way until we found a spot that Layla could play on the sand. From the beach at Cap Ferret you can look across the bay and see the famous Dune du Pilat, well worth a visit if you are in the area, and well worth the climb if you have the energy.
One the reasons for selecting Cap Ferret for a visit was because it’s known for its lighthouse and I looked forward to visiting it and taking some photos from the top, however we fell foul of the French life style and arrived during their extended lunch break to find it closed. Another time maybe, we would like to return in Homer so we could spend more time exploring.
We called in at the town of Ares on our way back and had a walk along it’s beach front, took the scenic route home skirting Libourne, passing St Emilion and driving back along small roads bordered by rows and rows of grape vines.